With basketball season upon us it's time to get informed by checking out SB Nation's fantastic 2015-2016 season preview. Once you're done with that, get even more schooled up on the Wolverines by reading our own Maize n Brew Michigan preview.
The full-season briefing has Michigan at preseason No. 18 and also includes a rundown of the Top 100 players in the country. Ann Arbor landed not one but two of that elite group, with Junior guard Zak Irvin checking in at No. 95 and Senior guard Caris Levert placing all the way up at No. 19.
Here's the rundown on Irvin:
Irvin was one of the few Wolverines who wasn't bitten by the injury bug in 2014-15, ending the season as the only U-M player to start all 32 games. His luck did not extend to the offseason, when he was forced to undergo surgery after suffering a back injury in early September. Irvin is expected to be good to go at the start of the season, and he'll be looking to build off a sophomore year in which he ranked 14th in the Big Ten in points per game (14.3) and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.4).
And for Levert:
A broken foot derailed what was supposed to be Levert's breakout season (and in turn derailed Michigan's NCAA Tournament hopes), but the 18 games the Wolverine star did play as a junior proved that the preseason hype he had received was warranted. The 6'7 guard shot 40.5 percent from deep, and averaged 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists before breaking his foot against Northwestern on Jan. 17.
If you weren't excited enough already, that's two more Top 100 players than Ohio State has. Michigan's first game of the season is Friday night against Northern Michigan.