MBB Ranked 38th In Preseason Coaches Poll

Submitted by sbeck04 on October 19th, 2017 at 3:37 PM

Michigan hoops starts out ranked 38th in the preseason Coaches Poll with 13 votes.

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/rankings

 

I expected them to come in a little higher but this isn't unreasonable given all of the question marks on this year's squad.  If Matthews looks good, Simmons and Wagner run the pick and roll efficiently, and Livers can put in useful minutes at the 4 this team should surprise a lot of people.

 

Comments

True Blue Grit

October 19th, 2017 at 3:59 PM ^

Coach B and Michigan will be just lurking in the weeds for a while.  Like most Michigan teams of late, I expect this team to have an up and down start, then start really building momentum and finishing strong.  A lot of success or lack of success this year will depend on how well the 2 point guards play, how good Matthews is, and how much Wagner improves.  Also, one of the other bigs is going to need to step up quite a bit - which is a big question mark.  Hopefully, Robinson will also step up and regain his stellar 3 point form.  

FauxMo

October 19th, 2017 at 4:04 PM ^

I have a prediction. It is not a wild-ass-guess, but rather based on experience...

In November, December, and January, we will all be frustrated. Some will even call for Beilein's head. In February and March, everyone will change their story, and Beilein will be a genius again. The end. 

bronxblue

October 19th, 2017 at 4:04 PM ^

About where I expected.  MSU at #2 is going to look a little silly at the end of the year, not because they aren't good but because that's still a team that struggled mightily last year at the PG spot and I guess I'm not 100% sold they've fixed it.

Beyond that, though, 38th makes sense.  This has them as the 7th team in the conference; I don't see that being a wrong prediction with so many unknowns.  My guess is they sneak into the top 25 by the end of the year, especially if Matthews emerges and Simmons can continue his scoring prowess against improved competition.

Ty Butterfield

October 19th, 2017 at 5:22 PM ^

Hope I am wrong but this seems like a bubble team. Walton played out of his mind the last month and a half of the season. It will be very hard to replace him and Irvin. None of the freshmen seem like instant impact players. They may get it together later in the season but will probably get a crappy seed because of some costly early season losses.

Michifornia

October 19th, 2017 at 8:56 PM ^

But I think we are going to see a really good young Michigan team.  High ceiling on the recruits coming in.  Gonna be fun to see their March to the dance.

GO BLUE!!