Indiana comes in at #1, Ohio #4, The jokes in East Lansing #14
Michigan #5 in AP BBall Poll
I don't get ours either, but theirs seems even more aggressive. To rank them #4, you really have to think some of their sophomores are going to play well alongside Thomas and Craft. It's not like they brought in any high profile freshmen.
Was Amadeo Dela Valle the only recruit they had for 2012?
He was their only signee. They're going to need at least a couple of Ross/Scott/Thompson/Williams to show more than they did last year if they're going to justify that ranking. That can definitely happen (they were all big recruits), but there's a lot of uncertainty there.
I only watched him once, but I definitely was not impressed with what I saw. I'd be very surprised if Amadeo had any impact for them this year.
I'm a UM football/IU bball fan (I know, it's weird. But it makes sense to me, ok? Stop looking at me like that). Us Hoosier fans are worried about UM a whole lot more than OSU.
Should be a hell of a game on March 10th - quite possibly playing for the conference title - and hopefully they meet again about four weeks later.
Did you just pick one of the top 5 programs in terms of tradition in each sport or what?
He's also an Iowa wrestling fan, an Oregon cross country fan, and a UC Santa Barbara women's water polo fan.
Went to UM, was there for '97. But I was born and raised in Indiana, and if there's one thing from that state you keep, it's IU basketball.
Nothing worse than an Oregon cross country bandwagoner. I'd sooner fuck a Yankees fan.
Michigan has perhaps the top PG in the country. NBA talent at all positions. Depth quality coach. Makes sense to me. Oh and yay im at 500 MGoPoints
we have talent all around.
Anyone else see we got Slippery Rock next week? Revive the rivalry!
But we've never played them in football or basketball...
Vive the rivalry?
What's our connection to Slippery Rock?
You should wikipedia Slippery Rock.
knows about the Slipery Rock connection. -1 to you.
Every true Michigan fan needs to know about the connection. Don't negate, educate!
Unacceptable, we must be #1. This is Michigan, fergodsakes!
The conference as a whole is going to go through the same "oh thank God its basketball season" catharsis that Duke experiences every year.
Did anyone else hear the groan out of the MSU fans at the game Saturday? I was sitting near a few and couldn't help but notice when Michigan flashed their basketball montage up on the screens. A little salty there eh Sparty?
What? You mean they have a better football AND basketball team!!!! Suicide watch.
CBS needs to bring back Gus Johnson to call some Michigan games.
I'm not sure it would work in the booth (and the whole different employers thing), but based on individual talent I pine for a Gus Johnson/Dan Dakich booth. That would be both informative and (OH WOW!) exciting.
Hopefully Horford's injury isn't too bad and he can stay healthy throughout the season. I hope we get him back for NC State. It'd be tough to keep up a high ranking throughout the season if Horford is out unless McGary comes out and plays like Sullinger did.
Chris Balas from Rivals says on his twitter..."Rumblings of month to six weeks for jon horford with knee injury. Not yet confirmed" If true, that would keep him out of most of the out of conference schedule.
It seems IU and OSU are a bit overrated early. I'd say Michigan is too high as well.
than OSU or Michigan. Zeller is great, and they're not going to be as dependent on freshman as Michigan is (and they appear to have more depth than OSU does). #1 doesn't seem absurd to me, though I doubt they end the season there, if that makes sense.
Who would you rank ahead of us?
Cot Damn I love the Beezer
On 247 they are saying 4 to 6 weeks.
Do they even have a dedicated basketball writer on that site?
These early poles show how strong the B10 is this year as arguably the top conference in the country. Everyone will beat up on each other, but 8 or 9 team could make the dance.
Yes, but what do the germans say?
The German says to wait here.
Wow. Michigan hasn't been a consistent top ten team in almost 20 years, and several of the latest ones never happened. What a strange experience this is.
B1G b-ball season is going to be off the hook this year.
I know it makes everyone feel good, but any ranking until you are into conference play is largely premature. I would like to see how they do first before pronouncing someone "king".
The folks voting in the AP and USA Today polls apparently do a lot of talking to each other to create polling synergies, as their top tens are exactly the same. You have to get to #11 before there is a difference in the preseason polls.
It is nice to see the Big Ten figure prominently (if three out of ten is prominent) in these preseason polls though. As I recall, we've only been ranked in three of the last six preseason polls, and then never this high, not in recent memory. If nothing else, it is a compliment.
B1G! B1G! B1G! B1G! B1G!
It would be very amusing if a "Bee-Won-Gee" chant broke out during a Big Ten-SEC March Madness game. Heck, maybe it can happen when Indiana takes on Kentucky...oh, wait...
Latest from Beilein is that they hope Horford I'd back for the season opener. Would be huge to have him in there getting reps from the start.
I love how at least one person, but often more, always has to say "I'd rather be ranked high at the end of the season than in these preseason polls."
Well no shit.
You know, I'd rather be ranked high to begin with and then still go into the tourney ranked high(er).
Does anyone know if McGary can hold Zeller?