Michigan is ranked #2 on Mark Titus' power rankings on Grantland:
Even though he's an OSU alum and can be annoying at times, I've enjoyed his column this season as he mixes intelligent basketball comments with snarky jabs at various people or schools.
His take this week touches on the OSU-UM game and was pretty interesting:
If you're wondering how good this team is, here's all you need to know: I'm an Ohio State alum who has been trained over the course of the past six years to hate everything about Michigan. Yet when my alma mater jumped out to a huge lead against the Wolverines last Saturday, a small part of me was hoping they'd claw back into the game, because I love watching this team at its best. Of course, I didn't want Michigan to win, and they came closer to pulling off the comeback than I would've preferred, but I'll admit that when Ohio State was handing their asses to them in the first half, the basketball fan in me was bummed I wasn't seeing the Trey Burke & Co. that I've grown to admire.
There's more about Michigan in the full column as well as Indiana and Minnesota.
Maybe a bit early for the headline, but still pleasing to read impressions of UM basketball beat writer Rod Beard for DetNews on UM hoops this season. Discusses 5 things learned about team at this juncture prior to opening B1G season.
Six weeks into the season, Michigan has risen to from fifth to second in the national polls and looking like a squad that will challenge for the title in a stacked Big Ten — and certainly get past the first weekend when March rolls back around.
Quick listing of his "5 Things" for those not able or desirous of clicking; though each has an interesting synopsis in the article.
Burke's even better
No one-man show - Strong rotation
Fresh faces - Freshman play
Hitting the boards - Rebounding
Going for it - Beilein
Love the last paragraph. Hoping we are in for a special season also.
Beilein won't talk about the good start or the No. 2 ranking, but in his mind, he knows this is a special group and he probably won't have all of the pieces back next year — so he'll look to seize the opportunity now.
DetNews article summates Lindy's College Basketball 2012 Preview; which has the Wolverines finishing second to Indiana in the Big Ten and then advancing to the Final Four, with the Hoosiers, Louisville and North Carolina State.
LINK: Wolverines: Lindy's has basketball team making Final Four