Michigan Wolverines Being Ranked No. 9 In Coaches Poll Is Right Where They Belong

By Trevor Lowry
Michigan Wolverines
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The Michigan Wolverines are losing some key players from last year’s team, but they will still have plenty of talent. The preseason rankings are out and the Wolverines are being ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and that is right where they belong.

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are no longer on the team. Burke was the best player in college hoops last year and Hardaway Jr. was a terrific shooter. Both will be missed, but life goes on.

Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary will likely lead this team all season long, but people cannot forget about Nik Stauskas. Stauskas managed to put up 11 points per game last year.

It will be interesting to see how the point guard position plays out. Both Spike Albrecht and Derrick Walton are capable of being the field general for this team. Neither will be the National Player of the Year or anything like that, but that is okay.

The Wolverines have plenty of weapons to say the least, but they still have a lot to prove. If Burke would have returned, Michigan could have made a case for being the No. 1 team in college hoops. It did make the national championship game last year.

Michigan will have to prove that it has a proper replacement at the point guard position. Being ranked in the top 10 is right where this team belongs. It will have plenty of opportunities to show its worth in the upcoming season. The Wolverines could easily move up in the rankings and they could easily move down.

Still, this is a top 10 team entering the 2013-14 college basketball season.

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