Lindy’s Sports has Michigan ranked 24th in its preseason college basketball preview magazine, but the Wolverines are picked to finish sixth in the Big Ten.
Nine Big Ten teams were included in Lindy’s preseason top 10 including Wisconsin (2), Ohio State (14), Nebraska (19), Minnesota (21), Illinois (22), Michigan (24), Iowa (26), Indiana (28) and Michigan State (35).
Arizona (3), Villanova (15), SMU (17), Syracuse (23) and VCU (33) are Michigan’s potential non-conference opponents ranked in the top 40.
Caris LeVert is rated the No. 12 shooting guard in the country and the best in the Big Ten. Derrick Walton Jr. is rated the No. 13 point guard in the country and also the best point guard in the Big ten.
LeVert is projected on the 2nd Team All-Big Ten team with Walton making the 3rd team.
Kameron Chatman is listed as a Big Ten freshman that will “take you by surprise” while Caris LeVert is picked as the best NBA prospect in the conference.
Zak Irvin is recognized as one of 10 potential breakout players in 2014-15, a list that also includes Indiana’s Troy Williams.
The Big Ten is rated the second best conference in the country, trailing the ACC, and the predicted order of finish is:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Penn State