Trip to Maui Invitational Highlights Non-Conference Slate
John Beilein
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Aug. 1, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team announced its 14-game non-conference schedule today (Monday, Aug. 1) for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

Highlighting the non-conference slate is U-M's first trip to the Maui Invitational since 1998. Boasting one of the strongest fields in recent years, the 2011 Maui Invitational will feature U-M, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Tennessee, UCLA and host Chaminade. All seven Division I schools competing in Maui appeared in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

It is Michigan's fifth appearance in the Maui Invitational. U-M competed in the first-ever Maui Invitational in 1985, then known as the Silversword Classic, and won the inaugural event. The Wolverines returned to the Lahaina Civic Center in 1988 and again took home the tournament title. U-M also appeared in the Maui Invitational in 1994, finishing second, and in 1998.

In a newly formatted event, U-M's tournament will begin in Ann Arbor on Nov. 14, as the Wolverines square off against Towson at Crisler Arena for the "Maui on Mainland" portion of the event. After a home game against Western Illinois on Nov. 17, the Wolverines will be off to Maui for the main event, running Nov. 21-23. Final tournament match-ups are expected to be released in early August.

For a second straight year, the Wolverines will hit the road for their ACC/Big Ten Challenge match-up. U-M will head to Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia on Nov. 29 in the John Paul Jones Arena. The Maize and Blue will be making its first-ever regular-season appearance at Virginia; Michigan's prior trip to Charlottesville came in the 1980 Postseason NIT quarterfinals. Michigan is 4-6 all-time in challenge games, and its 69-61 road win at Clemson last year was instrumental in the Big Ten winning the series for the second straight season.

Featuring seven total homes games, U-M will open the season facing Wayne State in its only exhibition contest on Nov. 4 at Crisler Arena before the regular season opener against Ferris State on Nov. 11.

The Wolverines will play four of their final six non-conference games at Crisler Arena, beginning with a contest against Iowa State on Dec. 3. The contest against the Cyclones will be the ninth all-time meeting between the two schools but the first since 1992.

For the second time in four years, the Maize and Blue will play Oakland at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec. 10. The two schools met at the Palace on Dec. 20, 2008, with the Wolverines posting an 89-76 victory over the Golden Grizzlies. Oakland is coming off a 25-10 season and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Following the game in Auburn Hills, U-M will return to Crisler Arena for three straight home games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 13, Alabama A&M on Dec. 17, and Bradley on Dec. 22.

Michigan will conclude its non-conference schedule with a trip to Bud Walton Arena to take on Arkansas on Jan. 21 during the Big Ten Conference season. The game in Fayetteville will be the first on the road at an SEC venue for the Wolverines since traveling to Vanderbilt on Dec. 6, 2003.

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University of Michigan Men's Basketball
2011-12 Non-Conference Schedule

Friday, Nov. 4Wayne State (Exh.)
Friday, Nov. 11Ferris State
Monday, Nov. 14Towson (1)
Thursday, Nov. 17Western Illinois
Monday, Nov. 21vs. Memphis (2)
Tuesday, Nov. 22vs. Duke/Tennessee (2)
Wednesday, Nov. 23vs. TBD (2)
Tuesday, Nov. 29at Virginia (3)
Saturday, Dec. 3Iowa State
Saturday, Dec. 10vs. Oakland (4)
Tuesday, Dec. 13Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Saturday, Dec. 17Alabama A&M
Thursday, Dec. 22Bradley
Saturday, Jan. 21at Arkansas

Schedule Notes
1 - Maui on the Mainland, Crisler Arena (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2 - Maui Invitational, Lahaina Civic Center (Maui, Hawaii)
3 - ACC/Big Ten Challenge, John Paul Jones Arena (Charlottesville, Va.)
4 - Neutral site game, Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.

U-M to Play Virginia at Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge (May 17, 2011)

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