A veteran team
One thing about Michigan baskeball is that it’s a veteran group. George Washington III, who was named by teammates as a candidate for the best shooter on the roster, is the only freshman who’s going to see any meaningful playing time this season.
Michigan has McDaniel and Reed who played a lot last season as freshmen in addition to three veteran transfers and guys like Terrance Williams and Will Tshcetter.
College basketball has become a sport where old teams tend to win. Not that you can’t win with young talent, but the Wolverines endured a lot of young mistakes the past two seasons that shouldn’t be as big of an issue in 2023-24.
Jackson, Burnett, and Nkamhoua have all played on NCAA tournament teams. Williams has too at Michigan. Juwan Howard is also a good coach. He’s gotten a lot of heat, but when he returns, he’ll prove himself to Wolverines fans once again this season.
That’s my prediction at least. Lots of people are sleeping on Michigan basketball. I’m not saying they are going to be a top-25 team or a top-4 team in the Big Ten. But 6-10 is realistic to me and so is an NCAA tournament berth.