Where hoops coaches voted Michigan

March, 11, 2012
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The final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll of the season is out and with it comes where the coaches ranked each team.

Here is how each coach voted for Michgian in its final poll, where the Wolverines were ranked 14th:

  • Tommy Amaker, Harvard (former Michigan coach) -- 15th
  • Tevester Anderson, Jackson State -- 15th
  • Ronnie Arrow, South Alabama -- 15th
  • Randy Bennett, St. Mary's -- 15th
  • Eddie Biedenbach, UNC Asheville --14th
  • Jim Boeheim, Syracuse -- 15th
  • Rick Byrd, Belmont -- 22nd
  • Tim Cluess, Iona -- 15th
  • Charlie Coles, Miami (Ohio) -- 17th
  • Steve Donahue, Boston College -- 12th
  • Scott Drew, Baylor -- 15th
  • Steve Fisher, San Diego State (former Michigan coach) -- 12th
  • Mark Fox, Georgia -- 10th
  • Don Friday, St. Francis (PA) -- 14th
  • Bill Herrion, New Hampshire -- 15th
  • Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa -- 14th
  • Rob Jeter, Milwaukee -- 14th
  • Phil Martelli, St. Joseph's -- 22nd
  • Mike McConathy, Northwestern State -- 22nd
  • Bob McKillop, Davidson -- 11th
  • Ron Mitchell, Coppin State -- 18th
  • Matt Painter, Purdue -- 14th
  • Dave Paulsen, Bucknell (former Michigan assistant) -- 13th
  • Randy Rahe, Weber State -- 14th
  • Herb Sendek, Arizona State -- 13th
  • Shaka Smart, VCU -- UNRANKED
  • Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts -- 19th
  • Donnie Tyndall, Morehead State -- 18th
  • Don Verlin, Idaho -- 17th
  • Bob Williams, UCSB -- 23rd
  • Doug Wojick, ex-Tulsa (fired Sunday) -- 9th

ANALYSIS:
  • The most shocking thing is Smart's ballot. Not only did he leave off Michigan, but he also didn't have Kansas on his ballot. The Wolverines are one thing, but the Jayhawks have been one of the top 10 teams in the country all season. So no idea what's going on there. Smart had Notre Dame and Gonzaga in his final ballot instead of Kansas and Michigan.
  • The former Michigan coaches voting had the Wolverines pegged about right.
  • This is personal opinion, but I always trust the basketball coaches poll more than the football one. First, it doesn't matter at all in the postseason process so there isn't conference jockeying going on. Second, many basketball coaches are obsessive over watching tape and other teams play so they likely have a good idea of where a team really stands.
  • The most common rankings were Nos. 14 and 15, with seven coaches each.
  • Four coaches had Michigan in the 20s in their ballots. Only one, Wojick, had the Wolverines in the top 10.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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