ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Wednesday, July 1) the Wolverines' complete non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2009-10 season. The full schedule, including Big Ten games, is expected to be announced in mid-August.
Coming off a 2008-09 season in which the Maize and Blue played the 12th-toughest schedule in the country, the Wolverines will again challenge themselves in non-conference play with as many as seven NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago on the docket. Including its nine home Big Ten conference contests, U-M will make 17 appearances at home in Crisler Arena, beginning with an exhibition game against Wayne State on Friday, Nov. 6, before opening the 94th regular season of Michigan basketball against Northern Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 14. In a precursor to U-M's football game against Ohio State, the Wolverines will welcome Houston Baptist to Crisler Arena on Friday, Nov. 20. The contest will be the first-ever matchup between the Wolverines and Huskies.
The Maize and Blue will participate in the 2009 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 26-29. Joining U-M Thanksgiving weekend at the Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex are three NCAA Tournament teams from 2009 -- Florida State, Marquette and Xavier -- along with a pair of schools that competed in the NIT -- Baylor and Creighton. Alabama and Iona are also in the field for the event; the bracket will be released at a later date.
Following the Old Spice Classic, the Wolverines will return to Crisler Arena for a pair of home contests beginning with Boston College on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the 11th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Last season, the Eagles had a 22-12 record and earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament. In the second game of the homestand, U-M will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, Dec. 5 -- the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
On Wednesday, Dec. 9, Michigan will make just its second-ever trip to the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, to face the Utah Utes. The Mountain West Conference Tournament champions last season, Utah finished the campaign with a 24-10 record and an RPI rating that ranked ninth in the country. The Wolverines will then tangle with the University of Detroit Mercy for the 27th time in school history on Sunday, Dec. 13. The matchup with the Titans will be the first since Nov. 23, 1999, a 66-62 U-M victory.
Six days later, on Saturday, Dec. 19, the Maize and Blue will travel to the fabled Phog Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., to play perennial power Kansas. The Jayhawks, the 2008 national champions, finished last season with a 27-8 record, winning the Big XII and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Three days later, Michigan will host Coppin State on Tuesday, Dec. 22, in its last contest before opening conference play. The Wolverines and Eagles have met once before, an 81-53 U-M win on Dec. 28, 2005.
The Maize and Blue's final non-conference tilt will be a matchup with Connecticut on Sunday, Jan. 17, a bye weekend for U-M in conference play. The Huskies earned their third trip to the Final Four in school history last season while compiling a 31-5 overall record. The date with UConn is the second game of a home-and-home series; the two clubs met last season on Feb. 7 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.
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2009-10 Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
|Friday, Nov. 6||Exhibition vs. Wayne State|
|Saturday, Nov. 14||Northern Michigan|
|Friday, Nov. 20||Houston Baptist|
|Thursday, Nov. 26||vs. TBD (Old Spice Classic)|
|Friday, Nov. 27||vs. TBD (Old Spice Classic)|
|Sunday, Nov. 29||vs. TBD (Old Spice Classic)|
|Wednesday, Dec. 2||Boston College|
|Saturday, Dec. 5||Arkansas Pine Bluff|
|Wednesday, Dec. 9||at Utah|
|Sunday, Dec. 13||University of Detroit Mercy|
|Saturday, Dec. 19||at Kansas|
|Tuesday, Dec. 22||Coppin State|
|Sunday, Jan. 17||UConn|
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423