Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports made predictions for each of the teams in the Big Ten for the 2020 season on Wednesday and has the Michigan Wolverines finishing at 9-3, second-place in the Big Ten East division.
Fornelli states that the Wolverines will fall in the first game of the season against Washington, midway through the year at Minnesota, and on the road versus the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The common trend among these games is that they are all on the road, where Jim Harbaugh has struggled throughout his tenure, especially against Top-25 opponents. In fact, Harbaugh is just 1-7 against ranked opponents on the road with the only win coming over a Michigan State team that was No. 24 in the AP Poll when they faced off, but finished only 7-6.
Odds are that at least two of the three of the teams the Wolverines fall to in this projection will be in the Top-25 to start the season; Minnesota and Ohio State, and Washington shouldn’t be far behind. The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel ($) has the Wolverines barely in his top-25 post-(the nonexistent) Spring football season at 22. Just ahead of them is Minnesota at No. 17, and Ohio State comes in at No. 3 and the top-ranked team in the Big Ten.
The CBS projection is not the only one that doesn’t have high expectations for Michigan. Just last week ESPN released their Football Power Index metric for the 2020 season that predicted the Wolverines to finish 8-4 with similar losses to Ohio State and Washington (along with losses at home to both Wisconsin and Penn State), but had Michigan outplaying Minnesota by a marginal percentage.
Andy Katz has two Wolverines as his 2nd favorite duo in the Big Ten for the last decade
We asked @TheAndyKatz for his favorite B1G duos of the last 10 years, and here's the list:— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 29, 2020
5. @IndianaMBB's @CodyZeller & @VicOladipo
4. @BoilerBall's @Cboogie_3 & @Ryan_Cline13
3. @MSU_Basketball's @cassiuswinston & @Rookiedunker
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Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. from the 2012-13 Michigan basketball National Championship run came in at second on Katz’s list for his favorite duos for the decade.
Burke won both the Naismith Award and the Wooden Award for his play in 2012-13 while averaging 18.6 points, and 6.7 assists per game. His counterpart Hardaway Jr. was the highest rated recruit in since 2000 to choose Michigan. He tallied 14.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in the 2012-13 season where he was named an All-Big Ten player.
The only duo to beat out the pair of Wolverines is Sam Dekker and Frank ‘The Tank’ Kaminsky (also a Naismith/Wooden Award winner) who went on back-to-back Final Four runs in their time as Wisconsin Badgers.
Michigan basketball visits with yet another top-30 2021 recruit
Juwan Howard continues to pursue the biggest fish in the pond as he and his staff virtually met with their third top-30 recruit in the past six days according to Jake Weingarten:
Warley is the No. 27 players in the 2021 class and a four-star according to 247sports composite rankings. The combo-guard from Norristown, PA holds offers from Oregon, Louisville, Marquette, Oregon, and Creighton.
Howard met with two five-stars in the class of 2021 in the past six days and now adds Warley to his impressive list. Michigan met with the No. 18 player in the country yesterday, Trevor Keels. Last Friday, Howard met with Jalen Hardy, the No. 6 overall recruit in the 2021 circuit.
The Wolverines could have as many as seven open roster slot to fill come next offseason, so Howard will have to be sharp to continue to build a successful roster in the beast that is the Big Ten.
- The NCAA said Wednesday that it supports a proposal that will allow college athletes to monetize their own names and likeness through endorsements as long as the school they attend has no affiliation with the payments. Athletes will be permitted to appear in advertisements and can reference their school and sports, however, they cannot use school logos or branding from the universities they attend. This is in part as a counteractive measure against the G-League who has begun to recruit some of the top talent from high school to jump immediately to the professional leagues.
- The MLB Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that they will not hold their induction ceremony this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, and Marvin Miller will joins the 2021 class of inductees next year.
- The NBA is mulling options to return to play in a singular location with a tournament-style set up of multiple games being played on one court. Las Vegas and Disney World in Orlando are the two places that have been discussed.