fourteen years (many 1990s appearances were forfeited in the Ed Martin booster scandal). This year, most preseason polls put the Michigan men in the top twenty-five in the country. That may underestimate this year's brutal Big Ten competition, but head coach John Beilein and his staff have shaped Michigan's most cohesive team in at least thirty years. And, after last year's excitement, Crisler will be busier this time around. Preseason student season ticket sales jumped fivefold, to more than 2,500.
[Originally published in November, 2009.]