Back and Forth: Keys to season

WolverineNation's basketball writers discuss the team heading into the opener

Updated: November 11, 2011, 12:35 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein and Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With the tip off of the men's basketball season tonight, beat writers Michael Rothstein and Chantel Jennings go back and forth to discuss a few key issues surrounding the 2011-12 Michigan basketball team.

Michael Rothstein: When there was excitement surrounding the team in 2009-10, Wolverines coach John Beilein tried to temper those expectations immediately -- beginning at his media day news conference. This season, he isn't doing that and this might be the most preseason attention the Wolverines will get until next year, when ESPNU No. 2 recruit Mitch McGary gets to campus. He isn't here this season, though, so I open our dialogue with this: Who is Michigan's most important player this season?

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