2012-2013 Season Preview: Michigan

Filed under Season Preview on November 8th, 2012
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Michigan will play their first game of the 2012-2013 season in Ann Arbor on November 9 against Slippery Rock. The Wolverines will put a team on the floor that's expected to be even better than last year's solid squad. They return 56% of last season's minutes as well as the efforts of three Top 100 recruits, including #23 Glenn Robinson III, and three other incoming freshmen.

The largest gap to fill for Michigan will be on offense, as the team lost 50.7% of their three-point shooting. Right behind that is steals, where they drop 48.2% from last season's numbers.

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The AP boosts the Wolverines with a #5 spot in their preseason Top 25 poll. That beats their #13 position in last year's final regular season poll. Michigan finished with an overall record of 23-8 last season and took the Big Ten regular season with a conference record of 13-5. The Wolverines would go on to lose to Ohio State 77-55 in the Big Ten tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, they were seeded 4th and lost in the second round to Ohio, 65-60. Michigan lost last year's seniors Zack Novak (33 minutes per game) and Stu Douglass (30 MPG). The Wolverines must also do without Evan Smotrycz (transferred to Maryland), Carlton Brundidge (transferred to Detroit), and Colton Christian (2 MPG).

The Wolverines return sophomore Trey Burke (14.8 points/game), junior Tim Hardaway Jr (14.6 points/game), junior Jordan Morgan (7.3 points/game), sophomore Jon Horford (2.7 points/game), and senior Matt Vogrich (2.3 points/game).

Michigan brings in three Top 100 Recruits. Glenn Robinson III is a 6-6 forward from St. John, IN and is the #23 ranked recruit in the country. Mitch McGary is a 6-9 forward from Wolfeboro, NH and ranked #26. Nik Stauskas is a 6-6 forward from Southborough, MA and ranked #78.

The Wolverines welcome other freshmen including 6-7 Max Bielfeldt, 5-11 Spike Albrecht, and 6-5 Caris LeVert.

The Wolverines will face eight AP preseason Top 25 opponents, including #6 NC State on November 27th, at #4 Ohio State on January 13th, and at #1 Indiana on February 2nd. The first Big Ten game for Michigan is at Northwestern on January 3rd.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Michigan has had 2 consecutive 20+ win seasons.
  • Since 2002, Michigan has an overall winning percentage of 56.7%.
  • The Wolverines have an average conference finish of 5.6 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 6.4.
  • In a 10 year period, Michigan has signed 5 Top 100 high school players. Over 10 seasons, the Wolverines have signed 12 Top 100 players.
  • With last year's trip to the NCAA Tournament, that makes 2 straight years the Wolverines have made it to the Big Dance.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 101.8.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Michigan State (#3).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Binghamton (#344).
  • Michigan has 8 Preseason AP Top 25 teams on the schedule.
  • The last time Michigan returned more than 60% of the team's statistical production was 2011-2012.
  • The Wolverines have been in the Preseason AP Poll 22 times since 1948.

Tags: Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Evan Smotrycz, Carlton Brundidge, Colton Christian, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr, Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford, Matt Vogrich, Max Bielfeldt, Spike Albrecht, Caris LeVert

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Big Ten Standings

 1Michigan 28-9 15-3
2 Wisconsin 30-8 12-6
2 Michigan State 29-9 12-6
4 Nebraska 19-13 11-7
5 Ohio State 25-10 10-8
6 Iowa 20-13 9-9
7 Minnesota 25-13 8-10
8 Illinois 20-15 7-11
8 Indiana 17-15 7-11
10 Penn State 16-18 6-12
10 Northwestern 14-19 6-12
12 Purdue 15-17 5-13
Last updated: Apr 10th, 2014

2013-2014 Roster

#2 Spike Albrecht So G 5-11 175
#14 Brad Anlauf So F 6-4 195
#44 Max Bielfeldt So F 6-7 245
#5 Andrew Dakich Fr G 6-2 185
#34 Mark Donnal Fr F 6-9 230
#15 Jon Horford Jr F 6-10 250
#21 Zak Irvin Fr G 6-6 200
#23 Caris LeVert Fr G 6-6 200
#20 Sean Lonergan Fr F 6-5 195
#12 Cole McConnell Fr G 6-5 200
#4 Mitch McGary So F 6-10 255
#52 Jordan Morgan Sr F 6-8 250
#1 G. Robinson III So F 6-6 220
#11 Nik Stauskas So G 6-6 205
#10 D. Walton Jr. Fr G 6-1 185