Michigan ranked ninth in USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan 61, Syracuse 56-6Michigan is ranked ninth in USA Today’s Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Wolverines were ranked 5th in last year’s preseason poll and spent the entire season ranked in the top 11. Michigan ended last season ranked No. 2 overall after a loss to Louisville in the National Championship.

The Wolverines return last year’s freshmen stars Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary and Nik Stauskas but will also have to lean on highly touted freshmen Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin to help replace Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Wolverines are one of five Big Ten teams in the preseason top 25 and the second highest rated conference school. Michigan State is ranked highest among league teams at No. 2 while Ohio State (10), Wisconsin (21), and Indiana (24) are also ranked. Michigan will also face No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Arizona and could face No. 15 VCU in the non-conference season.

Michigan has also been tabbed as a preseason top-10 team by Lindy’s, Sporting News and Blue Ribbon.

Find the full poll after the jump.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
1 Kentucky 21-12 767 16 NR
2 Michigan St. 27-9 749 3 13
3 Louisville 35-5 741 10 1
4 Duke 30-6 710 3 5
5 Arizona 27-8 637 0 14
6 Kansas 31-6 623 0 8
7 Syracuse 30-10 551 0 3
8 Florida 29-8 550 0 9
9 Michigan 31-8 548 0 2
10 Ohio St. 29-8 533 0 6
11 North Carolina 25-11 494 0 NR
12 Oklahoma St. 24-9 462 0 NR
13 Memphis 31-5 334 0 18
14 Gonzaga 32-3 270 0 12
15 Va. Commonwealth 27-9 258 0 23
16 Wichita St. 30-9 233 0 4
17 Marquette 26-9 230 0 11
18 Oregon 28-9 175 0 15
19 Connecticut 20-10 167 0 NR
20 New Mexico 29-6 153 0 19
21 Wisconsin 23-12 148 0 22
22 Notre Dame 25-10 128 0 NR
23 UCLA 25-10 121 0 NR
24 Indiana 29-7 118 0 7
25 Virginia 23-12 103 0 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Baylor 102; Colorado 93; Creighton 87; Iowa 86; Tennessee 73; Georgetown 38; Harvard 28; Pittsburgh 23; California 16; Boise State 11; Saint Louis 8; La Salle 7; Temple 4; Missouri 4; Villanova 4; Kansas State 3; LSU 2; Iowa State 2; Arizona State 2; Illinois 2; Georgia 1; UNLV 1.

  • guestavo

    Kansas, Syracuse, Florida…. seems familiar lol

    • Champswest

      You forgot VCU.

      • DingoBlue

        I believe he was talking about those teams ranked higher than us that we beat in the tournament.

      • Tony

        Louisville :'(

      • Indiana_Matt

        Going back and watching highlights of us destroy VCU (when people were talking about them upsetting us) never fails to put me in a good mood.

  • Kevin

    Seems about right to me.

  • kam

    This is pretty much what i have it, and Dylan why haven’t we heard more about the practices and how everyone is doing? I’m just wondering because we are less than 2 weeks left til the season. I’m just curious because i haven’t really heard much anywhere.

    • Mark Worthley

      I bet they are practicing during practice.

      • kam

        lol id bet that too.

        • DingoBlue

          Jeff Goodman did release a few tweets when watching a Michigan practice a while back. The biggest “highlight” was that GRIII was looking very very good. Haven’t heard anything since though.

      • Mattski

        Perhaps I’m being dense, but why wouldn’t we want to know how they’re all meshing/looking in practice? Most years, a little bit of gossip is eking out. . . last year it was that the freshmen were looking hellified, IIRC.

    • Mitch Don’t Kill My Vibe

      Was wondering the same thing.. Hope Mitch is healthy or nearing towards full health

    • There will be a lot of stuff next week with Michigan’s media day.

      • kam

        oh ok thanks

  • JVS

    The team makeups have obviously shifted from last year to this, but impressive to think about the run last year, and schedule this year when we have, or will have played 10 games against the rest of the top 10 by December 14th, and the only one we haven’t played is Kentucky.

  • Wayman Britt

    With a healthy Mitch McGary #9 seems about right, without Mitch could slide many spots.

  • jakelam2116

    Wow, games against four of the top 10 (all teams I think will stay in the top 10 throughout the season).

  • gobluemd16

    Any Mitch updates anyone has heard?