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Michigan, Michigan State move up in AP Top 25 basketball poll; Gonzaga new No. 1

Detroit News staff and wires

Michigan and Michigan State both moved up in this week's Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll, with the Wolverines on the verge of re-entering the top 10.

Michigan (9-3) climbed three spots to No. 11, while Michigan State (9-3) moved up one spot to No. 14.

Franz Wagner and Michigan are ranked No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll.

Gonzaga is the latest No. 1 in Top 25 that has seen no stability on the top line.

The Bulldogs moved up a spot to take over for Kansas, which lasted only a week at No. 1 before losing at now-No. 10 Villanova. At the time, that had marked the first time the AP poll has had five different No. 1s before New Year’s Day.

And now it’s six, with the Zags (13-1) earning 54 of 65 first-place votes to outdistance Ohio State in a year with no dominant team.

Gonzaga’s only loss was to No. 11 Michigan in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas on Nov. 29. The Zags have won five straight since, including wins at No. 21 Washington and No. 24 Arizona as well as a home win against North Carolina.

Louisville remained at No. 3 ahead of its state rivalry game against Kentucky this weekend, followed by Duke and Kansas, which fell four spots to No. 5.

Oregon, Baylor, still-unbeaten Auburn, Memphis and Villanova rounded out the top 10.

Michigan cruised in its only game this week, demolishing Presbyterian, 86-44, while Michigan State picked up a pair of victories, including a win at Northwestern to remain the only unbeaten in Big Ten play and a rout of Eastern Michigan.

Iowa was the lone new addition at No. 25, with the Hawkeyes (9-3) cracking the poll for the first time this season after beating Minnesota, Iowa State and Cincinnati.

Associated Press Top 25

1. Gonzaga (54 first-place votes), 13-1, 1608 points (last week: 2)

2. Ohio State (9), 11-1, 1520 (5)

3. Louisville (1), 11-1, 1460 (3)

4. Duke (1), 10-1, 1429 (4)

5. Kansas, 9-2, 1388 (1)

6. Oregon, 10-2, 1286 (8)

7. Baylor, 9-1, 1207 (10)

8. Auburn, 11-0, 1107 (12)

9. Memphis, 10-1, 1040 (11)

10. Villanova, 9-2, 950 (18)

11. Michigan, 9-3, 889 (14)

12. Butler, 11-1, 853 (17)

13. Maryland, 10-2, 785 (7)

14. Michigan State, 9-3, 775 (15)

15. San Diego State, 12-0, 763 (20)

16. Virginia, 9-2, 595 (9)

17. Florida State, 10-2, 583 (19)

18. Dayton, 9-2, 541 (13)

19. Kentucky, 8-3, 411 (6)

20. Penn State, 10-2, 332 (23)

21. Washington, 9-2, 326 (22)

22. West Virginia, 10-1, 229 (25)

23. Texas Tech, 8-3, 178 (24)

24. Arizona, 10-3, 153 (16)

25. Iowa, 9-3, 125 (NR)

Others receiving votes: Wichita St. 112, Colorado 79, Xavier 68, DePaul 54, Indiana 45, Liberty 40, Utah St. 36, Saint Mary's (Cal) 29, Marquette 28, Tennessee 24, Northern Iowa 23, Creighton 12, Purdue 11, Georgetown 9, Stanford 7, BYU 4, St. John's 4, Virginia Tech 3, Seton Hall 2, ETSU 1, Yale 1.