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After 20 years, Michigan back at 1

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — John Beilein acknowledged Monday afternoon that he had quite a few texts on his phone.

The Michigan coach just hadn't checked them yet.

"I've been absorbed in Northwestern tape," Beilein said.

The Wolverines are No. 1 in the Associated Press' poll for the first time since the Fab Five topped the first three polls of 1992-93, but Beilein is determined not to get carried away with all this recognition.

Michigan took over the top spot after a 74-60 victory at Illinois on Sunday night. Next up is Northwestern, and there's no reason for the routine to change.

"Our goal at Michigan is to be No. 1 in the Big Ten. When you achieve that honor, you will have a chance at the national championship," Beilein said. "All through the year polls will spark great interest among college basketball fans everywhere and that is always good. Our coaches and players, however, will remain focused on our goals of improving daily and competing for the championship within our conference."

Duke, which was No. 1 last week, dropped to fifth after being routed 90-63 by Miami. The Hurricanes jumped 11 places in the poll to 14th.

After 20 years, Michigan back at 1 01/28/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 10:41pm]
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