The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 has been released for the 2011-2012 college basketball season. For the top three, you have the North Carolina Tar Heels taking 62-of-65 votes and are firmly entrenched as favorites to take the National Title. Kentucky came in second, but with no first-place votes, and the Ohio State Buckeyes took third place with one first-place vote to their credit. The remaining two first-place votes went to Connecticut, the defending champions.
For the stuff you care about: Michigan found themselves at No. 18, which is also where they ranked in the coaches poll, a respectable spot in the top twenty for a very young team. Last year, the Wolverines were the 19th youngest team in the country and played the 16th toughest schedule, and picked up an awful lot of steam in the second half of the season.
Michigan State received votes as well, like they did in the coaches poll, but didn't crack the top 25. For a full list of the top 25, go here.