ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will start freshman Trey Burke in its season opener Friday night against Ferris State.
Normally, a freshman starting at point guard in his first college game might be a sign of a rebuilding program, but the 18th-ranked Wolverines seem beyond that stage. After winning an NCAA tournament game last season, Michigan returns an experienced team that hopes to challenge for the Big Ten title.
The Wolverines also added a couple big-name recruits this week — another indication that coach John Beilein has Michigan on solid footing after years of irrelevance at the national level.
The Wolverines open the season at newly renovated Crisler Arena, which includes new seats and a new high-definition scoreboard.