The Michigan Wolverines earned their highest preseason ranking in two decades, and through six games in the 2012-2013 campaign, the Maize and Blue have lived up to the hype.
Michigan, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation after beginning the year at No. 4, has sprinted out to a 6-0 record, winning the NIT Season Tipoff Championship and defeating No. 18 NC State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Wolverines are off to their first 6-0 record since 2006, when they started 7-0, but this team has been mentioned in the Final Four conversation, and haven't showed any signs they don't belong in that discussion.
Michigan has had success because of a good mix of veteran leadership and youthful energy, which has resulted in one of the most prolific offenses in the Big Ten and the No. 5 field goal percentage in the country.
The Wolverines have passed their early season tests and have a favorable schedule ahead that should let them cruise into conference play with a tremendous amount of momentum.
Here are the five biggest stars responsible for Michigan's early success: