2023-24 Season

Blue Ribbon picks Michigan to finish 12th in Big Ten

The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, an annual publication previewing the college basketball season since the early 1980s, was released recently in a digital format. Printed copies will be available at a later date.

Blue Ribbon projects the Wolverines to finish 12th in the Big Ten this season.

The predicted order of finish in the Big Ten is as follows:

  1. Purdue
  2. Michigan State
  3. Maryland
  4. Indiana
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Illinois
  7. Ohio State
  8. Northwestern
  9. Rutgers
  10. Iowa
  11. Nebraska
  12. Michigan
  13. Penn State
  14. Minnesota

Only two Big Ten programs were picked in the top 25: Purdue at No. 2 and Michigan State at No. 5.

Here are some notes on Michigan, the Big Ten at large and the national scene from the annual publication:

  • Purdue’s Zach Edey is the Blue Ribbon pick for Big Ten Player of the Year.
  • Edey is also tabbed as the National Player of the Year with former Wolverine Hunter Dickinson earning national Newcomer of the Year honors.
  • Penn State’s Ace Baldwin, a transfer from VCU, is the Blue Ribbon pick for Big Ten Newcomer of the Year.
  • The preseason All-Big Ten team features Edey, Cliff Omoruyi, Terrence Shannon Jr., Boo Buie and Jahmir Young.
  • The top three Big Ten backcourts are Michigan State, Maryland and Northwestern.
  • The top three Big Ten frontcourts are Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Here are the Blue Ribbon Preseason All-American teams:

  • First team: Edey, Dickinson, Duke’s Kyle Filipowski, Marquette’s Tyler Kolek and Villanova’s Justin Moore.
  • Second team: Mississippi State’s Tolu Smith, North Carolina’s Armando Bacot, Creighton’s Ryan Kalkbrenner, Kevin McCullar Jr. of Kansas and Texas A&M’s Wade Taylor IV.
  • Third team: Auburn’s Johni Broome, Arizona’s Oumar Ballo, UConn’s Tristen Newton, Buie and Young.
  • Fourth team: Dayton’s DaRon Holmes II, Colorado’s Tristan Da Silva, Shannon Jr., Tennessee’s Santiago Vescovi and USC’s Isaiah Coller.

The Blue Ribbon college basketball yearbook is available to purchase here.

Notable Replies

  1. buckets12

    Nebraska over Michigan is a take

  2. johnsmith4444444444

    flip Nebraska and Michigan and i think that list is very accurate for a Preseason poll. We truly don’t know that 6-12 until games start happening.

  3. umhoops

    We truly don’t know that 1-14 until games start happening.*

  4. adamsmit86

    Buie Third Team All American with Northwestern finishing 8th is a take too. If Buie is an All American that means he propelled NW to some great heights. If they finish 8th, he is not going to be an AA

  5. johnsmith4444444444

    I mean I’m pretty confident in Purdue and MSU. So yeah 3-12 lol. the lower expectations for Michigan I actually like. Play like we have nothing to lose, where in past we had way to high of expectations.

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