Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Both Michigan schools are ranked in the Top 15 in SB Nation's preseason poll.
SB Nation released its own preseason poll, and both Michigan schools made the Top 25. The Michigan Wolverines ranked No. 9 in the poll, while the Michigan State Spartans ranked No. 15.
Expectations surrounding the Wolverines are high this season, especially with point guard Trey Burke returning for his sophomore year. The bloggers who vote on the poll sang high praises about the Wolverines, writing:
For the first time since the early '90s, the folks in Ann Arbor are dreaming about a potential national title in basketball.
Michigan State returns to the Top 15 despite losing Draymond Green, last season's Big Ten Player of the Year. The voters expect a slightly different Tom Izzo team this season, explaining:
The presence of Keith Appling, Travis Trice and McDonald's All-American Gary Harris might eventually coax Izzo into playing at a faster pace this season.
The Big Ten looks to be a stacked conference, with two teams ranked in the top five. The Indiana Hoosiers ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation, and the Ohio State Buckeyes earned the No. 4 spot. The Wisconsin Badgers were the only other Big Ten team to rank, coming in at No. 22.