The Michigan Wolverines wrapped up what was a wildly successful calendar year as the second ranked team in America. The 13-0 Wolverines are ranked second behind No. 1 Duke, nine voters had Michigan ranked number one.
The Wolverines finished 2018 with a cumulative record of 34-5, and have won 27 of their last 28 games dating back to February. The 13-0 Wolverines are coming off a 74-52 win over Binghamton Sunday that followed a similar blueprint to most of their home games this month. A slow start that ended up finishing as a double-digit victory. Michigan resumes Big Ten play this week hosting Penn State on Thursday night, then facing No. 21 Indiana Sunday afternoon. Michigan’s 13-0 start is its second best under John Beilein, whose 2012-13 team started 16-0 before falling at Ohio State that season 56-53.
Michigan Basketball will be hard pressed to ever have another twelve months that matched what 2018 was. The team finished last season hanging two banners, set the program record for wins, and made it all the way to the National Championship game. This year’s team seems to be even better than last year’s squad was despite the losses of Moe Wagner, Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson. This young Michigan team isn’t without its flaws, but has plenty of reasons to be excited heading back into conference play and into a new year chasing a Big Ten Championship while proving themselves to be among the best teams in the country two months into the season.
There’s no crystal ball to say where this team will be come March, or even by mid-January, but from the looks of it, 2019 is shaping up to start as well as 2018 finished for Michigan Basketball.