Michigan basketball gets early rank of No. 8 for 2012-13, also given 12-to-1 national title odds
With the offseason less than a day old, experts predict elite things for the Michigan basketball program in 2012-13.
So long as Trey Burke is back in uniform.
ESPN.com unveiled its first guess at a possible Top 25 poll for next season, and Michigan came in at No. 8.
"The Wolverines will be in the top 10 if Trey Burke returns to school," ESPN.com's Andy Katz wrote. "He should. He would join freshman stud Mitch McGary and Tim Hardaway Jr., and a loaded class that also includes ESPNU 100 recruits Glenn Robinson Jr., and Nik Stauskas.
"The Wolverines have had a few defections, and that has disrupted a bit of their flow. But John Beilein has figured out the Big Ten, so Michigan will once again be in the mix."
The Wolverines were one of four Big Ten teams in ESPN's top eight, as Indiana led the poll at No. 1, with Ohio State coming in at No. 5 and Michigan State at No. 7.
There's obviously more than enough time for this all to change in the coming months, and it could change in the coming weeks, with the NCAA deadline for NBA draft declaration happening on April 10, followed by the NBA-enforced deadline on April 29.
ESPN wasn't the only outlet to heap early praise on Michigan, though.
Pregame.com's R.J. Bell gave Michigan 12-to-1 odds to win the 2013 national championship.
Kentucky, who won the 2012 title on Monday, was given 6-to-1 odds.
Michigan State came in at 20-to-1.
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