In jutting out to a 10-0 start, including nine wins by double-digits, six wins over major-conference teams, four wins over 2018 NCAA Tournament teams, four wins away from Crisler Center, three wins over then-top 20 teams, the No. 5 Michigan basketball team has made quite a statement to open its 2018-19 season.
The Wolverines (2-0 Big Ten, 10-0 overall) are ranked fifth in the AP and Coaches polls, fourth in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency rankings and third in the NCAA’s new NET rankings that will be used for NCAA Tournament selection. As it stands, Michigan is the odds-on favorite to capture the Big Ten crown, and is currently projected as a No. 1 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
With just three home games against Western Michigan, Air Force and Binghamton in the next three weeks, and with Michigan likely to be favored by 20 or more points in all three matchups, we’ll spend the week reviewing the Wolverines’ hot start, and what lies ahead in a daunting Big Ten slate ahead.
To do so, we break down five developments we’re confident in, and five questions Michigan still has yet to answer. Check it out below.