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Michigan ranked preseason No. 17 by Blue Ribbon

Michigan is ranked 17th in Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook’s preseason top 25.

Michigan is ranked 17th in Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook’s preseason top 25.

The Big Ten leads the country with five teams ranked in the Blue Ribbon Top 25, a group led by Maryland at No. 2 overall. Indiana (13), Michigan State (15) and Purdue (19) also join Michigan in the top 25.

Blue Ribbon tabbed the Wolverines as the fourth best team in the Big Ten, a more optimistic take than other magazines. Lindy’s Sports picked Michigan fifth in the Big Ten, but ranked the Wolverines outside of the top 25 while Athlon ranked Michigan sixth in the Big Ten, but No. 22 overall.

Here’s Blue Ribbon’s complete preseason top 25 with potential Wolverine opponents in bold:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Maryland
  3. Virginia
  4. North Carolina
  5. Kansas
  6. Duke
  7. Arizona
  8. Iowa State
  9. Villanova
  10. Gonzaga
  11. Wichita State
  12. California
  13. Indiana
  14. Vanderbilt
  15. Michigan State
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Michigan
  18. Oregon
  19. Purdue
  20. Utah
  21. SMU
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Connecticut
  24. Butler
  25. Dayton

ESPN’s John Gasaway surveyed various media members for their preseason top 25 rankings in attempts to project the Associated Press Top 25 and Michigan checked in at No. 18 in his rankings.

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