Michigan ranked 5th in USA Today preseason coaches poll

Alabama-AM-at-Michigan-5[1]Michigan is ranked 5th in the USA Today College Basketball Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll which was released this afternoon.

This is the second consecutive season that Michigan has been tabbed in the preseason poll, after being slotted at 18th last season. The Wolverines peaked at No. 13 last season but finished at No. 22 after an upset loss to Ohio University.

Michigan has received plenty of other lofty preseason rankings this summer. The Wolverines are ranked 3rd by Lindy’s Sports, 5th by Blue Ribbon Magazine and 6th by Athlon Sports in their preseason publications.

The Wolverines are one of five Big Ten teams in the preseason top 25 and there are three Big Ten schools in the top five. Indiana is the preseason number 1 while Ohio State (4), Michigan State (14) and Wisconsin (21) are also ranked.

Find the full poll after the jump. 

Rank School (first-place votes) 2011-12 record Points Last year’s final ranking
1 Indiana (21) 27-9 761 13
2 Louisville (5) 30-10 738 4
3 Kentucky (5) 38-2 718 1
4 Ohio State 31-8 617 3
5 Michigan 24-10 605 22
6

North Carolina State 24-13 581 20
7 Kansas 32-7 563 2
8 Duke 27-7 516 14
9 Syracuse 34-3 502 5
10 Florida 26-11 422 9
11 Arizona 23-12 411 NR
12 North Carolina 32-6 401 6
13 UCLA 19-14 396 NR
14 Michigan State 29-8 391 7
15 Creighton 29-6 325 21
16 Memphis 26-9 307 NR
17 Missouri 30-5 289 11
18 Baylor 30-8 266 8
19

UNLV 26-9 203 NR
20 San Diego State 26-8 196 NR
21 Wisconsin 26-10 191 12
22 Gonzaga 26-7 166 NR
23 Notre Dame 22-12 122 NR
24 (tie) Florida State 25-10 61 15
24 (tie) Texas 20-14 61 NR

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis (26-8) 58; Virginia Commonwealth (29-7) 40; Cincinnati (26-11) 33; Murray State (31-2) 30; Kansas State (22-11) 13; Saint Mary’s (27-6) 11; New Mexico (28-7) 10; Tennessee (19-15) 10; Minnesota (23-15) 9; Pittsburgh (22-17) 9; Marquette (27-8) 8; Stanford (26-11) 7; Butler (22-15) 6; Oklahoma State (15-18) 6; Colorado State (20-12) 4; Middle Tennessee (27-7) 3; Drexel (29-7) 2; Georgia (15-17) 2; Miami (Fla.) (20-13) 2; St. Joseph’s (20-14) 2; Marshall (21-14) 1.

  • gobluemd16

    Wow! GO BLUE

  • jblair52

    As bad as the Big 10 is in football, basketball looks especially strong.
    3 in Top 5. 4 in Top 15. 5 in Top 25

    Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois, and Purdue round out a tough Big 10 conference. (and Iowa?)

    • geoffclarke

      I’d put Iowa over Purdue and Illinois at this point.

  • Steve2081

    I’ll take #5……..for now!

  • Mattski

    Prognosticators obviously believe in Beilein, but it’s hard to see how a team as young and unsettled as Michigan can be top five post-season. They’re going to have their growing pains.

    I’ve seen Michigan over-rated so often in football in the preseason, the media making them a whipping boy when they don’t measure up. I’m wary of this kind of thing.

    • geoffclarke

      I assume you have a problem with Kentucky’s ranking too?

      • Mattski

        Not if Kentucky has another roster full of one-and-dones. I’m not saying Michigan lacks the talent, or might not merit such a ranking as the season wears on, just that there remain a lot of unknowns.

        • geoffclarke

          I get that it “feels” better when your team exceeds some people’s expectations rather than fails to meet them. But if this team finishes the year 15 or so rather than 5, sure I’ll be a little disappointed, but I don’t think the media would make them a “whipping boy.” I honestly think this team can beat NC State and compete with the best of a very talented B!G, which to me says at least top 10 and I don’t have a problem with #5.

          • Mattski

            Maybe I’m a little paranoid; I think the media like to pile on Michigan a little. But no problem–Iots of upside to all the attention, too.

        • Guest

          Michigan has a roster of 2 potential players of one and done, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary. They also return arguably the best PG in the country in Trey Burke and one of the top 10 SG/SF in Tim Hardaway. That’s a lot of talent on the team.

    • Retiredat23

      Couldn’t disagree more. We have veteran players…..they might not all be starters and stat stuffers, but Corey Person has been around, Bartelstein has been around, Akunne has been around, McLimans is a senior, Vogrich a senior, Hardaway a junior, & Morgan a redshirt junior. Our freshman are extremely talented, we return a top 5 point guard, and have arguably one of the top 5 smartest/best coaches in NCAA, not to mention some great assistants.
      “Its hard to see how a team as young and unsettled as Michigan can be top five pre-season” 1. They are not young. 2. They are not unsettled. 3. They are extremely talented; Mitch is not a top 25 player nor is Stauskas a top 75 player. they’ll prove their worth and their high ranking. That is a guarantee. Did I forget to mention Crisler will actually prove to have some serious home-court advantage for our top matchups? Because it will.

      • Mattski

        Objectively a young team, especially where the guys who see court time are concerned; don’t think there’s any doubt of that, and it’s a good thing. By unsettled I mean that there is no established rotation, and even the predominant shape (two post? small ball?) remains to be determined. Again, all good problems to have with a super-talented squad, but–yes, young–and yes, still with the puzzle pieces to be put together. Good eventually, but maybe or maybe not in the early going.

  • gobluemd16

    Someone doesn’t think this ranking is accurate.. https://twitter.com/DanWolken/status/258600250934169601

  • Young Coop

    I’m still confused why a team who was not that good in its own conference is #1 also can’t win a away game to save its life…Also this is the same team who lost to Nebraska basketball…come on USA poll are we being serious…

    • Young Coop

      Can’t win an away game to save their life is Wat I mean lol…Excuse the wrong type up on my post…Jus piss about why they keep giving Indiana all this praise…Hell I pick Ohio university to beat Nebraska any day lol

    • Guest

      You don’t need to be a great road team to win the NCAA tourney or go deep into NCAA tourney. Indiana made it to the Sweet 16 and returns just about everybody plus the #1 recruiting class. They also beat the national champ, Kentucky.

  • jblair52

    Can’t we just enjoy it? We took a decade from not only missing the Top 25 but missing the NCAA tournament. We’ve finally climbed back to the top. Doesn’t it just feel good to see “Michigan” in the Top 5?

  • A2JD

    I just want this season to start. Anticipation……

  • Scott

    Looks like that chip just got a lil bigger…bring it on…Go BLUE!!

  • Scott

    Looks like that chip just got a little bigger…bring it on..Go BLUE!!

  • Wayman Britt

    I like the high rating but might be too high for a young team this early in the season.

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