College basketball players aren’t very sure of the top ten next season, but there seems to be some love for Michigan basketball.
USA TODAY, ESPN and CBS released their first top-25 rankings Tuesday after Kansas ’victory over North Carolina.
Each poll expects a smaller year for Big Ten compared to another Power Five conference and has a different No. 1 overall.
Only two Big Tens entered the top 25 in one exercise. Several mid-level majors, powerful SEC and ACC companies, and several Big 12 and Pac-12 programs overtook Michigan, the leading Big Ten team in each screening. The writers ’confidence in UM is shrouded in the expected return of Hunter Dickinson and talented freshmen Musa Diabate and Caleb Houston.
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Michigan was out of the USA TODAY rankings, barely missed a result for ESPN and ranked 18th in CBS Sports, where uncertainty was mentioned around freshman Max Christie.
UCLA was the only program to enter the top three of all three writers, but it depends on the return of top scorers and four-star finalists of 2021, Johnny Huzang and Jamie Jacques Jr. the five-star prospects of Omar Bailey and Adam Bono, so Mick Cronin will live up to high expectations.
Here’s what we found in each ranking:
Top 25 US TODAY: Michigan is in the top 10
Add Scott Gleason to those predicting a little down year for the Big Ten.
He was in the top 25 with only two teams from central America: Michigan (№ 8) and Illinois (№ 11).
“Coach Juan Howard led the Wolverine to the Elite Eight in his first season, but last season there was a trend of disaster before this Michigan group – as a team with soap bubbles – staged a reviving Sweet 16 race,” Gleason wrote. . “Now key parts of this team are back, reinforcements for freshmen are coming, and probably 7-foot great man Hunter Dickinson will return as the most talented player in the Big Ten.”
Gleason also predicts the return of Kofi Cockburn, hence his confidence in Elijah. He may not be predicting the return of Jaden Ivy, Zach Idi, or Trevion Williams – or at least all three. Johnny Davis, the best player from the Wisconsin NCAA tournament team, is likely to also head to the NBA, highlighting the league’s stellar strength.
If Gleason’s initial predictions are accurate, the Big Ten will have the lowest-ranked teams in the Power Five conferences.
Top five: Duke, UCLA, UNC, Kentucky and Gonzaga.
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CBS Sports top 25: Michigan makes the cut
Harry Parish of CBS writes how transitions, additional rights and many other factors make it difficult to predict who will stay and who will go. In the ranking of MSU No. 18 Parish noted that the Spartans should have a great continuity, depending on one player.
The Spartans’ ranking is based on the fact that the state of Michigan has returned seven of the top nine scorers from the team that reached the 1/8 finals of the NCAA tournament, including Max Christie, who applied for the NBA draft but may return to school, given “He is not expected to be elected in the first round,” Parish writes. .
Davis was probably selected in the NBA lottery, and Ivy is almost certainly one of them, each having a good first season before turning into an offensive weapon. Ivey increased from 11.1 points to 17.3 points per game and increased his efficiency from the 3-point range (25.8% to 35.8%) and the field (39.9% to 46.0%). Davis had an even bigger increase – 7.0 points per game to 19.7 – although his 3-point shot fell by about eight percentage points.
Christie, a former 5-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American, averaged 9.3 points and did not live up to high expectations with 31.7% out of 3. But sometimes he had an aggressive streak and he had to play a bigger role with the departure of Marcus Bingham and Gabe Brown.
Michigan ranks first in the top ten in 12th place, ahead of MSU, Indiana and Purdue, who he predicts will lose four of the top seven scorers. He said that if Diabetes, Houston and Dickinson return, UM should be the favorite in the top ten.
Top five: UCLA, UNC, Kentucky, Baylor, Houston.
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ESPN Top 25: Michigan, MSU close
In making his prediction, Jeff Borsela of ESPN did not include any older person eligible to use a COVID-19 waiver to play in another season unless they had already announced they were doing so, or any of ESPN’s draft boards. He was the only one of three to make a list of honorable mentions that consisted of five teams: Virginia, USC, Ohio, Texas A&M and Michigan.
He did not write anything about the top five, but explained why he put his team in place and designed the starting five. That’s why his Michigan ranks 11th after Baylor, Creighton and Arizona respectively:
“Hunter Dickinson nearly left Ann Arbor in the NBA Draft last summer, and he certainly could have taken the next step this year, but recent predictions haven’t drafted him – so there’s a chance Juvan Howard will get him for another campaign.” , – writes Borzela. “When he returns, Michigan will once again have one of the biggest advanced in the country, and Howard hopes Caleb Houston will become more consistent on the flank.
“It will be interesting to see how Raamahi will replace DeVante Jones and Eli Brooks; Frankie Collins showed flares, while Doug McDaniel is a tough, fast freshman. Kobe Buffin, a former McDonald’s All American, will also be returning to the perimeter.”
Collins scored 14 points in the NCAA tournament against Colorado and he is dynamic in the open field. If his throw can improve, he and McDaniel are more likely to replace Jones, who may not have been a star but was reliable (4.6 assists per team) and efficient (46.3% off the field) ruled the point. The team will miss Brooks ’elite shooting out of bounds (39.4%) and steady attack (12.8 points per game, including 53 total points in three 2022 tournament games).
Illinois, Indiana and Purdue were other teams of the “Big Ten”.
Top five: Arkansas, Houston, UCLA, Kansas and UNC.
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