October 26th, 2012 at 1:37 PM ^

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.  


October 26th, 2012 at 2:29 PM ^

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.


October 26th, 2012 at 7:02 PM ^

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. 



October 26th, 2012 at 1:57 PM ^

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.


October 26th, 2012 at 2:00 PM ^

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.


October 26th, 2012 at 2:07 PM ^

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.  


October 26th, 2012 at 2:11 PM ^

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.


October 26th, 2012 at 2:17 PM ^

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.


October 26th, 2012 at 2:33 PM ^

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".



October 26th, 2012 at 2:43 PM ^

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.


October 26th, 2012 at 3:11 PM ^

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.

Darth Wolverine

October 26th, 2012 at 3:50 PM ^

Is there anyhing more pointless in college basketball than rankings? Just about any unranked team can win the title game, which is the beauty of a playoff system.

Anyway, we're going to beat MSU and Ohio twice each this year, so they don't concern me.