Michigan basketball ranked 18th in initial USA Today/ESPN Top 25
Let the hype commence.
The Wolverines entered the 2009-10 season at No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN poll, but ultimately fizzled, finishing the year 15-17.
The Wolverines return four starters and 12 players that saw game action for last season's 21-14 squad, a group that came within one shot of an NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearance.
Michigan will look to qualify for back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for the first time since 1995-96.
North Carolina received 30 first-place votes and grabbed the No. 1 overall spot, followed by Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut and Syracuse.
Duke, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Memphis and Florida round out the top 10.
Wisconsin is the only other Big Ten team in the Top 25, coming in at No. 14.
Michigan State and Purdue were listed among others receiving votes.