Michigan ranked 23rd nationally, fifth in Big Ten by Athlon Sports

Dylan Burkhardt
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College basketball preview magazines have been hitting shelves across the country and the latest preseason top 25 to be unveiled is Athlon Sports.

While the magazine isn’t expected to hit stores until later this month, Inside the Hall reports that Athlon has Michigan ranked 23rd in its preseason top 25 and fifth in the Big Ten.

After starting the last two years in the Preseason Top 10, it appears that Michigan will face dramatically different expectations this season. Lindy’s had ranked Michigan 24th and sixth in the Big Ten while Sporting News had Michigan outside of its top 25 and fifth in the Big Ten.

Athlon has five Big Ten teams in the top 25: Wisconsin (2), Nebraska (11), Michigan State (14), Ohio State (20) and Michigan (23). The complete predicted Big Ten order of finish:

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Nebraska
  3. Michigan State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Michigan
  6. Illinois
  7. Iowa
  8. Indiana
  9. Minnesota
  10. Maryland
  11. Penn State
  12. Purdue
  13. Northwestern
  14. Rutgers.
  • A2JD

    I really don’t get how spartie is picked higher than Michigan. They lost their top 3 players and had a bad recruiting class.

    • Gtfomycourt

      This years MSU team is the least talented MSU team I can remember. I wouldn’t be surprised if this year is a disaster for them.

    • Mark Worthley

      they think denzel valentine is going to turn into draymond green?

  • A2JD

    I really don’t get how spartie is picked higher than Michigan. They lost their top 3 players and had a bad recruiting class.

    • Gtfomycourt

      This years MSU team is the least talented MSU team I can remember. I wouldn’t be surprised if this year is a disaster for them.

      • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

        It will be. Unless the committee bails them out with an undeserved bid like in 2011, I think they are a NIT team.

    • Mark Worthley

      they think denzel valentine is going to turn into draymond green?

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      Michigan lost Stauskas and GR3, and Mitch didn’t even play. A top 3 of Levert, Walton, and Irvin should collectively mitigate a lot of that. Plus some good looking pieces coming in.

      The losses of Payne and Harris are huge and a lot bigger than our losses. Dawson has done nothing to show he’s more than a 3rd option. Izzo hasn’t really developed anyone as of late. How are they going to mitigate those losses?

      This just seems lazy and more of living off the past of Izzo.

  • CarlBleich

    Nebraska? Really?

    • MaceoBaston

      Yea, they return everyone except Gallegos after finishing 4th last year

  • CarlBleich

    Nebraska? Really?

    • MaceoBaston

      Yea, they return everyone except Gallegos after finishing 4th last year

  • David Remmler

    I agree with others here. There’s no way Nebraska and MSU should be ranked higher than Michigan. I would put Michigan #3 in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin and OSU. #20-25 nationally seems about right, maybe a little low.

  • David Remmler

    I agree with others here. There’s no way Nebraska and MSU should be ranked higher than Michigan. I would put Michigan #3 in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin and OSU. #20-25 nationally seems about right, maybe a little low.

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      Agreed. MSU is not a top 4 team. They might not even be a top 6 team.

      I don’t understand the lovefest with Izzo anymore. He has done less with more for the last few years.

      The one poll had it right with MSU at #9. They are going be to bad this year.

  • Kenny

    not that I know much about the current state of Maryland basketball, but does it suppose to be a traditional basketball power and at least stay in the top half of B1G.

    If Nebraska is going to have a 2nd place finish, Miles will be a hot commodity in April.

  • Kenny

    not that I know much about the current state of Maryland basketball, but does it suppose to be a traditional basketball power and at least stay in the top half of B1G.

    If Nebraska is going to have a 2nd place finish, Miles will be a hot commodity in April.

  • Dean

    Ok people Nebraska if you remember was really good last year and is returning a lot of talent. I still think we will win the big ten.

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      I have no issue with Nebraska being a top 4 team because they are in my opinion.

      MSU should be in the 6-9 range and trending down.

  • Richmond_Eric

    What is interesting to me is that I have been reading more about what Michigan has lost instead of what we still have.

    A (probable) starting 5 with 3 top 50’s, a top 100, and a pre-season B1G POY candidate. That is very strong! Spike, DJ (another top 100?), Ricky, Max, MAAR, Dawkins, etc. off bench. Yes that is young, but what’s new recently? Perhaps even one of the “under the radar” freshman becomes the next afterthought to NBA draft pick in 2-3 years?

    Another stern pre-conference schedule should prepare the team well for the B1G season and beyond.

    I am really looking forward to this year!

    Is it basketball season yet?

    Go Blue!