College basketball pundits have little faith in the Big Ten this coming season, but little love for Michigan basketball.
USA Today, ESPN and CBS released their first 2022-23 to 25 rankings on Tuesday against Kansas after winning the national title against North Carolina.
Each poll expects a lower year for the Big Ten, compared to the other Power Five conferences, and has an overall different No. 1.
Two Big Ten took the top 25 spots in one workout. Many mid-majors, powerhouses from the SEC and ACC, and a few Big 12 and Pac-12 projects are ahead of Michigan, with Big Ten being the best team in every project. The writers’ confidence in UM is hidden in the expected returns of Hunter Dickinson and talented newcomers Moussa Diabate and Caleb Houstan.
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Michigan State dropped out of USA Today’s rankings, barely missed the cut for ESPN, and ranked 18th on CBS Sport, indicating uncertainty surrounding newcomer Max Christie.
UCLA was only planning to make the top three in the top three writers, but it was based on the return of the top scorers and 2021 finalists Johnny Juchang and Jamie Jacques Jr. Regardless, the Bruins will welcome a Top-10 recruitment class. Five-star prospects Amarie Bailey and Adam Bona will therefore carry Mick Crohn’s high expectations.
Here is what we found in each ranking:
USA Today’s Top 25: Michigan Top 10
Add Scott Gleason to those who predict Big Ten will be a bit down year.
Only two teams from the heart of the United States were in his top 25: Michigan (No. 8) and Illinois (No. 11).
“Coach Juan Howard took the Wolverines to Elite Eight in his first season, but last season this Michigan team – as a bubble team – moved toward disaster before a refreshing sweet 16 runs,” Gleason writes. “Now the key parts of that team are back, new player reinforcements are coming in, and the 7-foot big man Hunter Dickinson could come back as the most talented player in the Big Ten.”
Gleason predicts that Kofi Cockburn will return, so he has confidence in Illini. He may not have predicted that Jaden Ivy, Zack Eddie or Trevian Williams – or at least all three of them – would return. Johnny Davis, a top player on Wisconsin’s NCAA team, could also move to the NBA, which reduces the league’s star power.
If Gleason’s initial predictions are accurate, the Big Ten will have the lowest ranked teams at the Power Five conferences.
Top five: Duke, UCLA, UNC, Kentucky and Gonzaga.
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Top 25 of CBS Sports: Michigan State wins
Gary Parish of CBS writes about how transfers, additional eligibility and other factors make it difficult to predict who is staying or who is going. MSU number. At 18th, Parish noted that the Spartans need to have a great continuity following a player.
“The Michigan State rankings are based on the withdrawal of seven of the top nine scorers from a team that advanced to the 32nd round of the NCAA Tournament. “If Christie comes back, I’m hope he makes a second year leap this season, as did Burton’s Jaden Ivy and Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis.”
Davis, an NBA lottery pick, and Ivey, almost certainly one, had a nice new season before each one blossomed into an attack weapon. Ivy went from 11.1 points to 17.3 points in a game and increased his performance from the 3-point range (25.8% to 35.8%) and on the field (39.9% to 46.0%). Davis still had a large scoring increase – 7.0 points per game to 19.7 – however his 3-point shot was down eight percentage points.
Christie, a former five-star recruiter and McDonald’s All-American, averaged 9.3 points and 31.7% from 3 did not meet high expectations. But he sometimes flashed an aggressive streak. Marcus Bingham and Cape Brown.
Michigan ranks 12th in the Big Ten, ahead of MSU, Indiana and Burdock, who predict it will lose four of its top seven scorers. If Diabate, Houstan and Dickinson all return, UM should be the Big Ten favorite.
Top five: UCLA, UNC, Kentucky, Baylor, Houston.
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Top 25 of ESPN: Michigan, MSU closed
ESPN’s Jeff Porcelo did not include any seniors eligible to use the COVID-19 exemption to play in another season, unless they have already announced that they will, or are on ESPN’s draft board. He was the only one of the three to make a respectable reference list of five teams: Virginia, USC, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Michigan State.
He didn’t write anything about those five, but he did explain why he lined up his team and showed the opening five. He is the Michigan number one behind Baylor, Creighton and Arizona. Here is the reason for having 11:
“Hunter Dickinson left Ann Arbor for the NBA draft last summer, and he could certainly take the next step this year, but the latest predictions may not make him – so there is a chance Juan Howard will take him to another campaign,” Porcello writes. “If he returns, Michigan will once again have one of the biggest forwards in the country, and Howard Caleb believes he can be more consistent on the Houston wing.
“It’s interesting to see how the Wolverines change DeVante ‘Jones and Eli Brooks; Frankie Collins showed the flashes, while Dug McDaniel is a tough, quick newcomer.
Collins scored 14 points in the NCAA win over Colorado, and he is energetic in the open field. If he can improve his shooting, he and McDonnell have a better chance of replacing Jones, who may not have been a star, but he did run solid (team-high 4.6 assists) and efficient (46.3% off the field). The team will miss Brooks’ elite out-shooting (39.4%) and consistent offense (12.8 points per game, including 53 total points in three 2022 matches).
Illinois, Indiana and Burdock are among the Big Ten teams.
Top five: Arkansas, Houston, UCLA, Kansas and UNC.
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