Michigan Basketball moves from unranked to 12th in ESPN's College Basketball Power Rankings

Submitted by Davymac97. on November 15th, 2018 at 9:18 AM

ESPN admits they "underestimated" Michigan heading into the season.  Maybe we did too!?
I know, I know, it's early, but at the very least, last night proved to me that we will be a factor to win the B1G this year.  




November 15th, 2018 at 9:21 AM ^

The people who predicted MSU to run away with the conference with no competition remind me of the people making awful Harbaugh takes. They're just talking about stuff they don't understand or aren't looking at the full picture.


Still, this result was... unexpected.

Mr Miggle

November 15th, 2018 at 10:50 AM ^

MSU was the default choice for a lot of people. There were the runaway favorite in the number of predictions, but I didn't hear people saying that they would run away with the title. They just had the most known quantities when all the best teams in the Big Ten had a lot of question marks.

The Big Ten looks very strong in the top half. MSU could be as good as expected and finish 3rd.


November 15th, 2018 at 11:27 AM ^

Yeah. They lost a ton of talent. So did the other good teams. So the media played “spin the wheel of B1G basketball teams” to predict the winner and MSU had 50% of the spaces because they’re MSU. 

It’s not that there’s another team that is clearly better established, it’s that the media has no idea what the league will look like (can’t blame them, honestly) and liked the SAPS on the Dallas when it detects a hydrodynamic propulsion unit on a Soviet missile submarine, they run home to mama when they get confused. 


November 15th, 2018 at 12:07 PM ^

They lost two top 15 picks though.  So they lost a lot more talent than everyone else and were starting from behind Michigan in the first place.  Michigan also had far more promising young pieces likely to make leaps than MSU did.  Poole, Livers, Teske, Simpson all were in better places to make improvements.  Matt McDoyle mostly is what he is at this point, so is Nick Ward, etc.

The media didn't need to play spin the wheel.  The above stated facts were all they needed to know Michigan should have been the favorite in the B1G. 

Blue In NC

November 15th, 2018 at 2:45 PM ^

I think that people look at the MSU talent and "Izzo's great coaching" and expect them to control things.  But they also expect that talent to develop and for the most part that does not really occur at MSU lately.

Michigan routinely starts with "less talent" (especially from the freshmen), but that talent takes a big leap from season to season and during the season.  The experts seem slow to adjust to this "new reality."

Harbaugh Hammer

November 15th, 2018 at 11:02 AM ^

Honestly I think it's worse, because there were some real issues with the football program. Basketball has been rolling and although we lost some, we still returned 3 starters, our entire staff, and brought in a top 10 recruiting class. State also lost their best two players by far.

You would have to really truly not pay attention to think state was a clear favorite at all. I think any state fan who isn't a blind homer would even favor us after dominating them last year.


November 15th, 2018 at 10:20 AM ^

I hope so, but football over the past 2 years should have taught M fans to be cautious of early season results.  After 2017's Florida game, we were thinking possible Big Ten championship.  After 2018's Notre Dame game, a loud minority of the blog wanted Harbaugh gone.  After North Carolina, we'll know more.


November 15th, 2018 at 10:34 AM ^

We'll have to wait and see how good Nova actually is. A 27 point win over a tounament team is a 27 point win, but is it over a team that's going to get a 1-4 seed? Or a team that'll be a 5-9? UNC will ground everyone a lot more on just how good Michigan really is. This ranking feels about right for now.


November 15th, 2018 at 9:29 AM ^

Its comical that this is what happens to Michigan every year. They have a great season and then get no respect in the next preseason.  Yes, M lost all its production, but Villanova lost even more and they were viewed as a top 10 team because Wright is a great coach.

I didn't expect the destruction we saw last night (I expected a loss on the road by <10), but at some point JB needs to get some respect that he will be a championship contender every year.  Either B10 or NCAA.


November 15th, 2018 at 10:11 AM ^

True there is a "respekt" aura about this team in how it's consistently undervalued, but it goes about earning that respect year after year with hard work, defense and integrity behind a class act coach as opposed to steroids, criminals and "chip on our shoulder" references employed by certain rivals.


November 15th, 2018 at 9:59 AM ^

I suspect that Villanova was a tad bit over-rated at this point. They lost 4 guys to the pro's that are all contributing, so that 's a lot to replace. I expect them to be better in Feb, but that will help us also if they win and beat some ranked teams on the way.