College basketball rankings: Michigan ranked 5th in preseason AP Top 25

Kevin C. Cox

The NCAA men's college basketball Associated Press Top 25 poll was released on Friday, and the Michigan Wolverines are listed at No. 5. Michigan State clocks in at No. 14.

The NCAA men's college basketball Associated Press Top 25 poll was released on Friday, and the Michigan Wolverines are listed at No. 5 in the nation behind the Indiana Hoosiers, Louisville Cardinals, Kentucky Wildcats and Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Big Ten has certainly staked its claim as the best conference in the country. Indiana (No.1), Ohio St. (No.4) and Michigan (No. 5) populate the Top-5, while Michigan State (No. 14) and Wisconsin (No. 23) also crack the Top-25. It's a top heavy collection of talented teams that should produce an exciting race during the winter.

Trey Burke and company earned the second spot in the Big Ten preseason rankings released on Media Day, so it's interesting to see that they were jumped by Aaron Craft, Deshaun Thomas and the Buckeyes in the minds of the AP writers at the national level.

Here is a look at the complete AP Top 25 Poll:

AP Top 25 Record Pts Previous
1. Indiana (43) 27-9 1,592 16
2. Louisville (20) 30-10 1,568 17
3. Kentucky (2) 38-2 1,453 1
4. Ohio St. 31-8 1,292 7
5. Michigan 24-10 1,290 13
6. NC State 24-13 1,270
7. Kansas 32-7 1,210 6
8. Duke 27-7 1,094 8
9. Syracuse 34-3 1,062 2
10. Florida 26-11 936 25
11. North Carolina 32-6 904 4
12. Arizona 23-12 902
13. UCLA 19-14 840
14. Michigan St. 29-8 789 5
15. Missouri 30-5 664 3
16. Creighton 29-6 622 19
17. Memphis 26-9 539
18. UNLV 26-9 488 23
19. Baylor 30-8 486 9
20. San Diego St. 26-8 463 22
21. Gonzaga 26-7 384
22. Notre Dame 22-12 297
23. Wisconsin 26-10 285 14
24. Cincinnati 26-11 120
25. Florida St. 25-10 101 10

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