Coach John Beilein deflected questions about his team’s possible high rank last week.
“I don’t even pay any attention to that,” he said. “How would I know that if I don’t know what anybody else has. I know Michigan, as a team, we’re trying to have them develop to find their potential.”
Indicative of how difficult the Big Ten is expected to be this season, the No. 5 ranking is only third in the league behind No. 1 Indiana and No. 4 Ohio State. In all, five Big Ten teams are in the coaches Top 25, joined by No. 14 Michigan State and No. 21 Wisconsin.