After a perfect 5-0 start to the season, and a dominant performance against the Providence Friars on Sunday, the Michigan basketball team has made a big impression across the country jumping nine spots to No. 9 in the latest AP Poll.
Suffocating defense, a well-oiled machine on offense, and the surprising fast-break ability of the 2018-19 Wolverines seem to point to this team being for real. They are led by a cast of veterans including Charles Mathews and Zavier Simpson at guard as well as the stand-out freshman Ignas Brazdeikis. Depth and clutch shooting from behind the arc have all contributed to this early success including a huge 73-46 victory in the finals rematch with Villanova last week.
Michigan will face a tough test coming up next Wednesday as they welcome the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels to the Crisler Center.
Ohio State and Wisconsin also made their season debut to the poll leaving the Big Ten and ACC tied with 6 teams in the AP Top 25. The Michigan State Spartans check in at No. 11 while the Duke Blue Devils remain No. 1.
This college basketball season is already shaping up to be one to watch.
Michigan basketball SKYROCKETS in latest Power Rankings
We may be in the thick of the college football season but if you have been paying attention to college hoops, you realize something special is going on with the University of Michigan basketball.
After advancing all the way to the NCAA Championship Game in April, the Wolverines knew they would have their work cut out for them if they want to make another run this season.
Well, so far, so good for Michigan as they are off to a 5-0 start on the season.
Not only have the Wolverines’ won their first five games but it’s how they have gone about their business which has been impressive. Up to this point, Michigan is allowing just 47 points per contest while scoring just over 68. Their defense has been absolutely suffocating as only one team (George Washington) has been able to score over 47 points vs. the Wolverines.
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