Michigan Basketball: Full Preview, Predictions and Storylines for 2012-13

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Michigan Basketball: Full Preview, Predictions and Storylines for 2012-13
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Well hello there, Michigan. Welcome (back) to elite territory.

It seems like it's been so long since the Steve Fisher days in Ann Arbor. The days of National Championship runs, like the one during the 1989 season. The days of the Fab Five. The days of constantly being a legitimate title contender. 

But over the past few years, John Beilein has slowly been bring the Michigan Wolverines back to national prominence. 

Two years ago, despite never being ranked in the AP, he led them to the third round of the NCAA tournament. Last year, despite an early upset at the hands of Ohio University, Michigan racked up 24 wins and at one point was ranked 10th in the nation. 

That momentum will continue in 2012-13.

Not only do Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. give John Beilein arguably the most talented backcourt in the country, but throw in other returning talent along with the 14th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, and it's understandable why the Wolverines are ranked No. 5 to start the year.

Let's take a look at what's in store for Michigan as it continues its long-awaited return to the top of the college basketball world. 

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