National preseason magazines are hitting newsstands across the country this month. We got our hands on a copy of Lindy’s 2019-20 College Basketball Preview to see where the Wolverines are projected.
Lindy’s picks Michigan to finish fifth in the Big Ten in 2019-20.
The full projected order of finish in the conference is as follows: Michigan State, Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers, Nebraska, and Northwestern.
Despite being picked fifth, Lindy’s predicts that Michigan will miss the NCAA Tournament in 2019-20. The magazine projects Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Maryland to make the NCAA Tournament with the Spartans pegged as preseason No. 1 and projected NCAA Tournament Champions.
Zavier Simpson is the only Michigan player included on Lindy’s Honor Roll, garnering preseason honors as the best defender in the conference. He’s also the only Michigan player included in Lindy’s Top 150 national player rankings, checking in at No. 63.
The magazine tabs Cassius Winston, Anthony Cowan Jr., Lamar Stevens, Jalen Smith and Xavier Tillman as First Team All-Big Ten performers. Zavier Simpson is on the second team along with EJ Liddell (Ohio State), Aaron Henry, Trevion Williams and Kaleb Wesson. The third team features Joshua Langford, Ayo Dosunmu, Matt Haarms, Luka Garza and Nate Reuvers.
Lindy’s writes that Michigan “figures to be the Big Ten’s — if not the nation’s — most fascinating team as everything changes.”
Freshman guard Cole Bajema is designated as the newcomer who “will take you by surprise.” Several of Michigan’s non-conference opponents are ranked in Lindy’s top 40 including Louisville (2), Creighton (28) and Oregon (35).