This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
How about the start to the season for the Michigan Wolverines? UM lost Moritz Wagner and Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman to the NBA from a team that went to the national championship game last season. Yet the Michigan defense has been stifling to begin the year. The Wolverines allow just 52.7 points per game, which is third in the nation. Michigan dismantled ranked foes in the form on defending champion Villanova as well as North Carolina in an extremely competitive non-conference slate, and has started the conference schedule 2-0 with wins over Northwestern and formerly ranked Purdue. Jordan Poole has slid in more than capably to the spot vacated by Abdur-Rahkman, while forward Ignas Brazdeikis is averaging 17.0 points as a freshman to lead all scorers. Add in senior leadership with Charles Matthews and size at center with the 7-foot-1 Jon Teske, and Michigan appears to have found a working recipe early on in the 2018-2019 campaign.
Let's look at some players helping or hurting their stock in this week's edition of the College Hoops Barometer.
Jordan Caroline, F, Nevada - The Martin twins get most of the pub for the Wolf Pack, but it would be foolish to forget about Caroline, who has been a double-double machine as a senior. Caroline has notched double-doubles in six of Nevada's first eight games. That includes a 25-point, 16-rebound effort in the season opener versus BYU, as well as 24 points and 11 boards in Nevada's most recent win at USC. After