Nik Stauskas leads Michigan in 3-pointers made (34) and 3-point percentage (.459). (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
Jay Bilas, ESPN college basketball guru, thinks Michigan is much better than what is currently reflected in both major polls.
The Wolverines (11-4), who are host to Penn State on Tuesday night, are ranked outside the Top 25 in the AP and USA Today polls; they are No. 31 in both.
However, in Bilas’ ranking of the top 68 teams – the “Bilas Index -- updated Tuesday, the Wolverines are No. 22.
“Michigan has an important stretch against Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan State coming up,” Bilas says. “The Wolverines are rated 11th nationally in effective field-goal percentage (more weight given to 3-pointers) and are in the top 10 in terms of taking care of the ball. With good offense, Michigan helps its defense, which needs to improve.”
Bilas ranks Michigan State No. 3, behind No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse; the Spartans are No. 4 in both major polls.
Here is Bilas’ complete analysis of his top 68 teams (pay site).