Thursday, September 22, 2011

Michigan basketball ahead of Michigan State? Sporting News, Lindy's think so

The Sporting News and Lindy's preseason college basketball magazine preseason projections about Michigan and Michigan State are revealing about the perception of the two programs.
Michigan is on the rise. Michigan State is dropping. But, honestly, how much of that is really going to play out that way?
The Sporting News projects Michigan being a fifth seed in the NCAA tournament, MSU seventh. The Sporting News is predicting Michigan will place third in the Big Ten, MSU fifth.
Oddly, the magazine projects no Michigan players on the All-Big Ten team. The Spartans' Draymond Green is listed first-team All-Big Ten.
Look, I would have seen it this way if Darius Morris had stayed at Michigan. I can see where Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jordan Morgan will be better, but can't see freshmen Trey Burke and Carlton Brundidge - although obviously talented - replacing Morris, who was on the brink of becoming a great college player.
Conversely, Branden Dawson, MSU's freshman, will have a huge impact. State's entire freshman class is very good.
John Beilein has done a wonderful job at Michigan, but Tom Izzo isn't going to fold up and crawl into a hole because of what happened last season. Green's a good leader. There is plenty of talent around him.
Lindy's has Michigan and Michigan State both going to the NCAA tournament, but doesn't project seeds. They have Michigan placing second in the Big Ten, Michigan State third. No Michigan players are on their preseason All-Big Ten team, Green the lone Spartan.
Getting a lot of love is Detroit. The Sporting News is picking the Titans to win the Horizon League, although they evidently think Butler will win the postseason tournament. They list Titan big man Eli Holman as the best player in the Horizon League. Lindy's has Detroit second in the league and sophomore Ray McCallum Jr. as the conference player of the year.
Oakland's Reggie Hamilton is rated as the fourth-best point guard in the nation, McCallum eighth. It's tremendously high praise for both programs. Oakland is picked to finish second in the Summit League by both magazines behind Oral Roberts.


Blogger chris edwards said...

I'm still skeptical about Michigan. The loss of Morris will hurt more than people think.

9:15 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Chris Edwards,
I think the most important factor in Michigan's success last year. Don't see him easily replaced. And he was just getting better.

12:58 PM 

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