This is the time of year when teams can still fool us. At times, we can see half a season and still not get the true measure of a team's quality.
Last season, West Virginia was sitting at 12-7 overall and 2-6 in Big East play the first week of February, and we all know what happened from that point on. That's an extreme example, but you get the point. Drawing conclusions about a college basketball team in the middle of December can be hazardous to your prognosticating.
With that in mind, Michigan appears to be one of the early surprises this season. The Wolverines haven't played the toughest schedule, but have played a few losable games and emerged to this point as one of the few remaining unbeatens at 7-0. Not bad considering this is a team that in each of the previous two seasons suffered a December loss to Boston University, and three seasons ago lost its first six games.