Basketball power rankings: MSU is 15th, UM 22nd
Michigan State comes in at No. 15 and Michigan No. 22 in an ESPN power ranking of college basketball programs.
The full ranking here (paid site).
The Spartans, who reached the Final Four last season, would have been ranked slightly higher if not for the switcheroo of top-10 prospect Caleb Swanigan, who opted to go to Purdue after initially committing to MSU. ESPN pundits believe MSU will compete for the Big Ten crown with the veteran leadership of Denzel Valentine and incoming 6-foot-9 phenom Deyonta Davis.
The Wolverines' big nemesis is injuries and depth. That said, a healthy Derrick Walton Jr., Caris LeVert and Zak Irvin could make UM a threat in the Big Ten, ESPN writes.
At No. 98, Central Michigan cracked the top 100. The Chippewas are preseason favorites to win the Mid-American Conference West Division and return five starters from last season's 23-9 team, including guard Chris Fowler and forward John Simons.
Western Michigan is ranked at No. 108., Oakland is No. 130, University of Detroit No. 153 and Eastern Michigan No. 184.