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Northwestern-Michigan Preview 1-30-13

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Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines talks with Trey Burke #3 during the first half while playing the Iowa Hawkeyes at Crisler Center on January 6, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 95-67. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines talks with Trey Burke #3 during the first half while playing the Iowa Hawkeyes at Crisler Center on January 6, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 95-67. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – John Beilein acknowledged Monday afternoon that he had quite a few text messages 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 their Fab Five days 20 years ago, but Beilein is determined not to get carried away with all this recognition.

Michigan (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten) took over the top spot after a 74-60 victory at Illinois on Sunday. Next up on the schedule is Northwestern (12-9, 3-5) on Wednesday night, and there’s no reason for the routine to change.

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