Michigan knew it would be a long year long before the season began. They lost their four leading scorers, top assist man, top two rebounds, and their best shot blocker during the off season. With the hiring of Jim Beilein, thing could be looking up in the not to distant future. Until then, at least they have a coach who owns a tie.
What we know
The Michigan Wolverines come into the Big Ten Season as the only sub-.500 team in the conference. Part of the reason for their woeful record is that they have played one of the most difficult schedules in the Big Ten. Most teams would have struggled against UCLA and at Duke, Butler, and Georgetown, but it is hard to come up with excuses for losses to Central Michigan and Harvard, neither of which were particularly close games. Coaches are often criticized for easy non-conference schedules, but this year’s Michigan team proves that the real goal of non-conference schedule should be to prepare a team for success, regardless of the quality of the opponents.
Who to watch:
- Deshawn Sims has emerged as the teams second leading scorer, improving from last year by 10 ppg
- Manny Harris, a 6’5″ freshman guard averages almost 16 ppg. He isn’t shy about shooting the three, and will have plenty opportunities in Beilien’s system, but hasn’t consistently been able to knock them down.
How they’ll do:
Wins: Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern
Losses: Wisconsin, at Purdue, Indiana, at Illinois, at Wisconsin, at Michigan State, Minnesota, at Ohio State, at Iowa, Ohio State, at Minnesota, Illinois, at Northwestern, Purdue, at Penn State
Record: 3-15 (7-23 overall)
What we don’t know
How will Michigan’s player adjust to Beilien’s…interesting system, and what happens if they are the wrong players or its the wrong system? Where art though Pittsnogle 2.0?