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Michigan basketball surges to No. 9 in AP Poll

Three blowouts, including one over defending national champ Villanova on the road, boost the Wolverines into the top-10.

Michigan v Villanova Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Michigan basketball surged Monday to the No. 9 spot in the new AP Top-25 Poll.

The Wolverines swept their three games last week over defending national champion Villanova in Philadelphia, as well as George Washington and Providence at the Air Force Reserve Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

John Beilein returned three starters from last year’s NCAA finalist, but started the year at No. 19. Now, his team is the only one from the Big Ten in the top-10.

Preseason conference champ pick Michigan State sits at No. 11. Iowa and Ohio State entered the poll for the first time this season at No. 20 and No. 22, respectively. Purdue stayed at No. 23.

Ken Pomeroy’s analytical model supports the ranking, as he evaluates Michigan as the No. 7 team nationally.

The Wolverines return to Crisler Center Friday against 2-4 Chattanooga (4 p.m., BTN). After that, a top-10 home matchup looms against No. 7 North Carolina on Nov. 28 (9:30 p.m., ESPN).