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MICHIGAN
BASCKETBALPREVIEW TIPOFF 2012-13
When John Beilein was hired in 2007, fans questioned whether Daily Men's Basketball Beat
he could he could recruit or win on a national level. But after
winning a Big Ten title last year, and bringing in a top-10 recruit- Everett Cook, Neal Rothschild
ing class, Michigan sits at No. 5 nationally -a serious threat to Colleen Thomas, Daniel Wasserman
reach the Final Four in Atlanta. After passing on the NBA Draft,
Trey Burke is a preseason All-American, while Glenn Robinson
Ill and Tim Hardaway Jr. give the Wolverines an electrictrifying
offense. Will the team meet its lofty expectations? Follow the beat on Twitter:@ c k

TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE ALLEY-OOP: It's the type of play Beilein hoped to com-
bat when he designed his 3-point shooting offense. Now that
his team can slam, too, expectations have soared.
YOUTH REVOLUTION: Beilein has transformed an under-
dog system into a powerhouse will all the while staying true
to himself and his offense.
BREAKDOWN: The success of the Wolverines guard corps
will dictate how well Michigan will contend in a talented Big
Ten and how far it will go into the postseason.
Cover illustration by GABRIELA VASQUEZ, photo by TODD NEEDLE

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Hometown
1 Glenn Robinson Ill F 6-6 210 Fr. St. John, Ind.
2 Spike Albrecht G 5-11 170 Fr. Crown Point, Ind.
3 Trey Burke G 6-0 190 So. Columbus, Ohio
4 Mitch McGary F 6-10 250 Fr. Chesterton, Ind.
5 Eso Akunne G 6-2 225 Sr. Ann Arbor, Mich.
10 Tim Hardaway Jr. G 6-6 205 Jr. Miami, Fla.
11 Nik Stauskas G 6-6 190 rr. Mississauga, Ont.
13 Matt Vogrich G 6-4 200 Sr. Lake Forest, Mich.
15 Jon Horford F 6-10 250 RS So. Grand Ledge, Mich.
20 Josh Bartelstein G 6-3 210 Sr. Highland Park, IlIl.
22 Blake McLimans F 6-10 240 Sr. Hamburg, N.Y.
23 Caris LeVert G 6-5 170 Fr. Pickerington; Ohio
32 Corey Person G 6-3 210 RS Sr. Kalamazoo, Mich.
44 Max Bielfeldt F 6-7 245 RS Fr. Peoria, Ill.
52 Jordan Morgan F 6-8 250 RS Jr: Detroit, Mich.

Freshmen guards Spike Albrecht (left) and Nik Stauskas (right) are viable backup options this season and could become fixturesin Michigan coach John Beilein's offense in the near future.

STAFF PICKS
The Daily basketball
writers do their best
to predict what will
happen in the world of
college basketball this
season.
Everett Neal Colleen Daniel
Cook Rothschild- Thomas Wasserman
Michigan regular-season record 26-5 25-6 26-5 25-6
Big Ten champion Indiana Ohio State Indiana Indiana
Big Ten second place Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan
BigTen third place Michigan State Indiana Michigan State Ohio State
BigTen Tournament champion Ohio State Indiana Michigan State Indiana
Big Ten MVPCody Zeller, Indiana Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Zeller Tiy Burke, Michigan
Big Ten Coach oftthe Year Tom Crean Indiana John Beilein, Michigan Crean Crean
BigTen supriseteam Northwestern Wisconsin Illinois Iowa
Michigan MVP Tiny Burke Burke Glenn Robinson III Burke
National layer of the Year Zeller Thomas Zeller Doug McDermott, Jr., Creighton
National Freshman of the year Robinson Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Muhammad.
Michigan's season ends here Sweet 16 Final Four Eit Eight Elite Eight
NCAA "Bracket Buster" Long Beach State Davidson ...:St. Louis Lehighc
NCAA Final Four Indiana Ohio State Indiana Louisville
Kentucky UCLA Louisville N.C. State
NC State UNLV Kansas Missouri
Kansas Michigan Kentucky Indiana
Sophomoreguard Trey Burke shirked the NBA draft this spring to return as a he
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