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Michigan Basketball Ranked No. 6 In Preseason AP Poll

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The Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team is considered one of the favorites to win a national championship this season. The first AP top-25 poll of the 2021-22 season backs that up, throwing the Wolverines in at No. 6 to start the year.

This is the highest start for the Wolverines since the 2013-14 season when they began as the seventh-ranked team in the country.

Michigan is one of five Big Ten teams ranked in the preseason projections, joining Purdue (No. 7), Illinois (No. 11), Ohio State (No. 17) and Maryland (No. 21). The rival Michigan State Spartans received the most votes of any unranked team.

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Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard leads the sixth-ranked team to start the season. (Lon Horwedel)

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The SEC joined the Big Ten with five ranked teams in No. 14 Alabama, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 18 Tennessee and No. 22 Auburn joining Kentucky.

Gonzaga ran away with its ranking as the top overall team heading into the year. The Bulldogs received 55 of a possible 63 votes, while UCLA took the remaining eight. Kansas, Villanova and Texas fill out the rest of the top five.

Here is the full AP top 25 that was released on Monday afternoon.

Full College Basketball Preseason AP Poll

1. Gonzaga (55 first-place votes)

2. UCLA (8)

3. Kansas

4. Villanova

5. Texas

6. Michigan

7. Purdue

8. Baylor

9. Duke

10. Kentucky

11. Illinois

12. Memphis

13. Oregon

14. Alabama

15. Houston

16. Arkansas

17. Ohio State

18. Tennessee

19. North Carolina

20. Florida State

21. Maryland

22. Auburn

23. St. Bonaventure

24. UConn

25. Virginia

Others receiving votes: Michigan State (87), Indiana (41) USC (30), Arizona (26), Virginia Tech (25), Oklahoma State (25), Xavier (22), Texas Tech (17), Richmond (13), Rutgers (11), Colorado State (11), LSU (7), Belmont (7), San Diego State (5), St. John’s (5), Mississippi State (5), Syracuse (5), Drake (4), Colorado (4), BYU (3), Notre Dame (3), Louisville (3)

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