clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

College basketball rankings: Michigan 5th, MSU 14th in preseason USA Today Poll

The USA Today preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll has No. 5 Michigan and No. 14 Michigan State among five ranked Big Ten teams.

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans are two of five Big Ten teams to make the USA Today preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, including the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers.

Michigan comes in at No. 5 after a 2011-2012 campaign which saw the Wolverines finish as Big Ten co-champions and qualify as four-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Trey Burke, as voted by the media, highlights a returning roster that includes third-team All-Big Ten guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

Burke and Hardaway Jr. will be supported by a highly acclaimed recruiting class. Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are expected to contribute immediately for the Wolverines.

Michigan State is ranked No. 14 in the initial polls following an Sweet Sixteen run last season. The Spartans lost Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green, but with the return of guard Keith Appling, the addition of freshman shooting guard Gary Harris and head coach Tom Izzo still at the helm, Michigan State looks poised to compete in the Big Ten once again.

The Indiana Hoosiers and Ohio State Buckeyes join the Wolverines in the top five at No. 1 and No. 4, respectively. The Wisconsin Badgers also made the list at No. 21.

Below is the entire USA Today preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Rank School (first-place votes) 2011-12 record Points Last year's final ranking
1 Indiana (21) 27-9 761 13
2 Louisville (5) 30-10 738 4
3 Kentucky (5) 38-2 718 1
4 Ohio State 31-8 617 3
5 Michigan 24-10 605 22
6
North Carolina State 24-13 581 20
7 Kansas 32-7 563 2
8 Duke 27-7 516 14
9 Syracuse 34-3 502 5
10 Florida 26-11 422 9
11 Arizona 23-12 411 NR
12 North Carolina 32-6 401 6
13 UCLA 19-14 396 NR
14 Michigan State 29-8 391 7
15 Creighton 29-6 325 21
16 Memphis 26-9 307 NR
17 Missouri 30-5 289 11
18 Baylor 30-8 266 8
19
UNLV 26-9 203 NR
20 San Diego State 26-8 196 NR
21 Wisconsin 26-10 191 12
22 Gonzaga 26-7 166 NR
23 Notre Dame 22-12 122 NR
24 (tie) Florida State 25-10 61 15
24 (tie) Texas 20-14 61 NR

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis (26-8) 58; Virginia Commonwealth (29-7) 40; Cincinnati (26-11) 33; Murray State (31-2) 30; Kansas State (22-11) 13; Saint Mary's (27-6) 11; New Mexico (28-7) 10; Tennessee (19-15) 10; Minnesota (23-15) 9; Pittsburgh (22-17) 9; Marquette (27-8) 8; Stanford (26-11) 7; Butler (22-15) 6; Oklahoma State (15-18) 6; Colorado State (20-12) 4; Middle Tennessee (27-7) 3; Drexel (29-7) 2; Georgia (15-17) 2; Miami (Fla.) (20-13) 2; St. Joseph's (20-14) 2; Marshall (21-14) 1.