Blue Ribbon picks Michigan to finish fourth in Big Ten

Dylan Burkhardt

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook has Michigan ranked 23rd overall and fourth in the Big Ten in its inaugural preseason publications, according to a report from MLive’s Brendan Quinn.

Michigan is picked to finish behind Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State in the conference. Junior guard Caris LeVert was selected as an Preseason All-Big Ten player and a second team All-American.

Michigan is faced with mixed preseason expectations this year after entering the last two seasons with a top-ten ranking. This year the Wolverines are widely regarded as a fringe top-25 team and expected to finish somewhere in the upper-half of the Big Ten. The Sporting News and Athlon Sports both picked Michigan fifth in the conference while Lindy’s Sports picked Michigan to finish sixth.

More notes and predicted order of finish after the jump. 

Michigan will face several Blue Ribbon Top 25 teams in its non-conference schedule including No. 2 Arizona, No. 21 Syracuse, No. 19 SMU and No. 13 Villanova or No. 14 VCU.

Frank Kaminsky is tabbed as the Big Ten Player of the Year , and a first team All-American, while Terran Petteway, Sam Dekker and Yogi Ferrell were also named to the magazine’s All-Big Ten Team.

Blue Ribbon Big Ten predicted order of finish:

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

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  • Guest

    I don’t see how OSU and MSU especially MSU are better than Michigan. MSU is due for a down year IMO because they lack the go-to scorer. Denzel isn’t a kind of player you look for to score pts. Dawson is still a long away to go as a offensive force. Their recruiting has taken a hit in recent years.

    • Steve2081

      I can see it with OSU. They return a ton of experience and have a stacked freshman class coming in. Their offense will probably look much better with Scott running it this year.

      MSU will be lucky to finish in the top half of the conference. Their roster is garbage and Izzo’s style of play is going the way of the Dodo. If he can sneak this team into the tournament as a 10 seed it’ll be his best coaching performance of his career.

      • jakerblue

        I think OSU will be interesting with Craft gone. For as much as he lacked on the shooting end, he was a smart player and he was what made the team go. It didn’t seem like they had anyone else that was ready to play that leadership role, unless one of their freshmen can step up.

      • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

        Its hilarious how people still buy into the Izzo crap. This is one of his worst rosters in years. Nebraska is better than them. Nebraska would have swept them but Izzo avoided a game in Lincoln last year.
        Illinois looks to be trending in a better direction that MSU.

        Head to head results don’t matter in basketball apparently, stuff that happened a decade ago does.

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      Yeah I really don’t get it. Right now, Michigan is in a lot better position to mitigate their losses compared to Michigan State. We had 3 guys drafted, but McGary didn’t even play. Levert has been a big part of what we have done the last few years and is back and poised to take another leap. Levert, Walton, and Irvin are a lot better top 3 than any top 3 MSU can put out.

      If the guys MSU are now about to rely were inconsistent as complementary players, what proof is there they would be any better as go to guys. Who is going to replace the Payne scoring inside? Oh right, no one.

      Shouldn’t we get the edge anyway since we have won 6 of the last 8 regular season games? It seems to be ignored that Michigan has dominated the head to head in this series.

      It would be nice to get the respect and be in the Top 25 to start the season with a great nucleus returning, being the winningest team in the Big Ten the last few years, and trending up.

      I get that the local media is afraid to admit Michigan is the better program right now. They have been slobbering over Izzo for years and don’t want to let go of it. Not a single person called out Izzo on the constant whining about injuries. No surprise they flamed out in the tournament after being handed the easiest bracket possible.

      But you would think nationally people would see the numbers and realize Michigan is clearly the better program.

  • bleedblue

    And Michigan wasn’t suppose to win the B1G last year either, how’ that work out.

  • Justin Harbin

    I love how everyone is counting out Michigan this year to not win the B1G or do much. Now I don’t know if we’ll be better than Wisconsin but I sure know we will be better than OSU and MSU this year. Keep doubting em! Go Blue!

  • I think the preseason stuff is funny. Some outlets very high on MSU, some very high on Michigan. I think they are kind of in a similar spot. Both have HUGE holes to fill, but have a few promising pieces. Both coaches have earned a lot of trust in terms of preseason prognostication so it’s interesting to see where people pick.

    A lot of the reasons people think Michigan should be rated highly are the same as why MSU gets a lot of respect, or Wisconsin in other seasons.

  • Indiana_Matt

    If this was circa 1989 in hoops culture and folks didn’t really leave school early… I think we’re easily #1. IU would have Zeller. MSU would have Harris. Maryland would have Alex Len. Big deal.

    Our Starting Five:

    Ah, what if?