U-M Picked to Finish Second in Preseason Poll, Burke Honored
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Trey Burke

Oct. 25, 2012

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the Big Ten Conference and sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team, as announced by the conference prior its media day on Thursday (Oct. 25).

Last season, U-M finished with a 24-10 overall record and a 13-5 Big Ten mark, giving the Wolverines a share of their first conference title since 1986. The 24 wins marked the third 20-plus win season and the most wins in the five-year John Beilein era. U-M closed the season with its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, earning the No. 4 seed -- the program's highest since 1988.

Michigan was recently ranked fifth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, its highest ranking since the 1993-94 season*.

Following his breakout freshman campaign, Burke was named U-M's first Associated Press All-America honorable mention since 1998, averaging 14.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists in his first season. He helped the Wolverines to a 24-10 record, a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. His 156 assists broke U-M's 27-year-old record for freshman assists in a single season, previously held by Gary Grant (140, 1984-85).

Burke was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the media, All-Big Ten second team from coaches and media and a unanimous selection to the conference all-freshman team. Throughout the season, Burke was named the Big Ten Player of the Week once and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times.

He has also garnered a spot on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District VII second team and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District V Team. It was the first time Michigan had a player earn preseason conference honors since Manny Harris (2008-10) was recognized in 2009.

The Wolverines begin the 2012-13 campaign with a pair of exhibition contests at the newly renovated Crisler Center. U-M takes on Northern Michigan on Thursday, Nov. 1, followed with a Monday, Nov. 5, game against Saginaw Valley State. Both exhibition games are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast via MGoBlue.com All-Access and BTN.com.

1. Indiana
2. Michigan
3. Ohio State

Trey Burke, Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State

Cody Zeller, Indiana

Unanimous selection in ALL CAPS

Michigan's Preseason All-Big Ten Team Selections
(Began in the 1993-94 season)
Trey Burke, 2012-13
Manny Harris, 2009-10
Manny Harris, 2008-09
Daniel Horton, 2003-04^
LaVell Blanchard, 2001-02^
LaVell Blanchard, 2000-01^
Louis Bullock*, 1998-99#
Robert Traylor*, 1997-98#
Maurice Taylor*, 1996-97#
Maurice Taylor*, 1995-96#
Juwan Howard, 1993-94#
Jalen Rose, 1993-94#

^ The Big Ten coaches and media each had a team
# Media voted for team only
* denotes NCAA Sanctioned player

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