Oct. 31, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the Big Ten Conference, and sophomores Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) and Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) were named to the preseason All-Big Ten team, as announced by the conference prior to its media day on Thursday (Oct. 31).
McGary and Robinson were joined on the preseason team by Michigan State's Gary Harris, who was selected as the Big Ten's Preseason Player of the Year, and Adreian Payne as well as Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Penn State's Tim Frazier. The Spartans were selected as the unanimous choice to claim the Big Ten regular-season title, followed by the Wolverines and Buckeyes.
McGary and Robinson helped U-M to a 31-8 overall mark last season and a national runner-up finish. McGary averaged a double-double in postseason play, recording 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game after leading the team with 6.3 rebounds per game while averaging 7.5 points during the regular season. Robinson started all 39 games and averaged 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 57.2 percent from the field.
The Wolverines opened their 2013-14 campaign with a 117-44 exhibition victory over Concordia on Tuesday night (Oct. 29) at Crisler Center and wrap up the preseason Monday (Nov. 4) against Wayne State. The regular season begins on Friday, Nov. 8, against UMass-Lowell. The Nov. 8 game is scheduled to be the banner raising ceremony for U-M's 2013 NCAA Final Four run and national runner-up finish.
2013-14 BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS
1. MICHIGAN STATE
3. Ohio State
2013-14 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Gary Harris, Michigan State
U-M'S ALL-TIME PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN SELECTIONS
Juwan Howard, 1993-94
Jalen Rose, 1993-94
Maurice Taylor*, 1995-96
Maurice Taylor*, 1996-97
Robert Traylor*, 1997-98
Louis Bullock*, 1998-99
LaVell Blanchard, 2000-01
LaVell Blanchard, 2001-02
Daniel Horton, 2003-04
Manny Harris, 2008-09
Manny Harris, 2009-10
Trey Burke, 2012-13
Mitch McGary, 2013-14
Glenn Robinson III, 2013-14
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
*Additional honorees due to ties
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423