No. 2 Michigan atop ESPN.com's Big Ten power rankings as league play nears
One of the more highly-anticipated Big Ten basketball seasons in recent memory is finally about to begin.
Prior to the start of the 2012-13 campaign, Indiana was picked to win the conference by a select panel of league media.
But will conference play now less than two weeks away, it appears there may be another early-season favorite.
No. 2 Michigan.
ESPN.com updated its conference power rankings Friday, putting the Wolverines (12-0) at No. 1 in the Big Ten.
"It's not like Michigan only gets this spot by default (due to Indiana's loss to Butler)," ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan wrote. "Quite the contrary. The Wolverines are 12-0, have an All-America-level point guard (Trey Burke) running a balanced, hyper-talented team, and as such play some of the most efficient offense in the country.
"Michigan has its weak spots on the defensive end -- it doesn't force many turnovers, for one -- but the Wolverines don't allow opposing offensive rebounds, and they don't foul. They're the real deal."
Michigan is one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the Big Ten, and is followed on ESPN's list by the other squad with a perfect record -- Illinois.
The remainder of the list is as follows: No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Michigan State, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 10 Purdue, No. 11 Nebraska and No. 12 Penn State.
Michigan closes nonconference play at home against Central Michigan on Dec. 29, before opening its Big Ten season against Northwestern on Jan. 3.
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