Fresh off their first Big Ten title since 1986, Michigan's basketball program finally has enough pieces in place to strive for a much loftier goal this season: make a run at the national title.
Of course, after bowing out of last year's NCAA Tournament in disappointing fashion, the No. 5 squad in the Coaches' Preseason Top 25 has a lot to prove in order to stake their claim as one of the country's top teams.
Trey Burke's decision to pass up a chance at the NBA in favor of donning the Maize and Blue for at least one more season provides the lineup with one of the top talents in all of college basketball. Juniors Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jordan Morgan add two years of experience apiece, and all three are primed to step into leadership roles vacated by graduating seniors Stu Douglass and Zack Novak.
Toss in one of the country's better recruiting classes, featuring three freshman who ranked in the ESPN Top 100, and suddenly a trip to the Final Four for the school from Ann Arbor doesn't sound so far-fetched.
Go ahead, indulge yourself with the following seven reasons the Michigan Wolverines are poised to shake up the national title picture in 2012-13.