Up to 10 National TV Games Highlight 2006-07 Schedule

2006-07 U-M Men's Basketball Schedule

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program announced its 2006-07 schedule today (Wednesday, Aug. 16) jointly with the Big Ten Conference.

The Wolverines' 2006-07 schedule includes the possibility of 10 nationally televised games, with four confirmed appearances on ESPN, two on ESPN2, one on ESPNU and one on CBS. The Maize and Blue could play a second nationally televised game on CBS if the Wolverines are chosen for the wildcard game Saturday, March 3, against Ohio State. The Wolverines could get a fifth appearance on ESPN against Michigan State (Feb. 27) if the game is selected in a wildcard draw. In addition to the national exposure, the entire Big Ten schedule will once again be broadcast as part of ESPN's national, regional or local package.

The 2006-07 schedule features games against 11 NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including Davidson, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, UCLA, UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin. The Wolverines also face four teams from the 2006 Postseason NIT, including Delaware State, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota and Penn State.

In addition to the 15 postseason teams on the schedule, the Wolverines will match up against all 10 Big Ten Conference teams, as well as facing teams from America East, Atlantic Coast (ACC), Big East, GLIAC, Horizon League, Ivy League, Mid-American (MAC), Mid-Eastern Athletic (MEAC), Northeast (NEC), Pacific-10, Patriot League and Southern (SoCon) conferences.

The first chance fans will have to see the 2006-07 Wolverine squad in action will be Saturday, Oct. 28, at the annual Maize and Blue scrimmage at Crisler Arena. The scrimmage will start approximately 30 minutes following the completion of the U-M football game against Northwestern (noon kickoff).

The Wolverines will begin their exhibition season by hosting Wayne State (Thursday, Nov. 2) and Michigan Tech (Saturday, Nov. 5) before starting their 31-game regular-season schedule, which features 20 games played at Crisler Arena.

The 15-game non-conference schedule begins with the Wolverines hosting the John Thompson Challenge Friday through Sunday (Nov. 10-12). The John Thompson Challenge will be a round-robin tournament format played at Crisler Arena as well as U.S. Cellular Arena (Milwaukee, Wis.). Following the three-game round robin play, hosts Michigan and UW-Milwaukee will play a final challenge game at Crisler Arena (Wednesday, Nov. 15). Teams participating at the Michigan site will be Central Connecticut State, Davidson and Eastern Michigan, while teams at the UW-Milwaukee site will be Radford, UAB and Washington State.

Following the John Thompson Challenge games, Michigan will host Harvard (Friday, Nov. 17), Youngstown State (Wednesday, Nov. 22) and Maryland-Baltimore County (Saturday, Nov. 25) before heading to Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Nov. 27, to face North Carolina State on ESPN2 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge will again feature 11 games between the two conferences battling for the Commissioner's Cup.

The Maize and Blue hosts Wofford (Saturday, Dec. 2) to open the month of December before hitting the road to play at Miami (Ohio) (Thursday, Dec. 7). Michigan has back-to-back home games against Delaware State (Saturday, Dec. 9) and Northern Illinois (Saturday, Dec. 16) before heading to Los Angeles, Calif., to face national runner-up UCLA at Pauley Pavilion (Saturday, Dec. 23) on CBS. The Wolverines will close out the non-conference schedule by hosting Army (Thursday, Dec. 28) and Georgetown (Saturday, Dec. 30) on ESPN2.

With the start of the new year, the Maize and Blue opens its 16-game Big Ten schedule by hosting Illinois (Wednesday, Jan. 3). Throughout the 2007 Big Ten schedule, U-M will face Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin only once with home games against the PSU (Wednesday, Jan. 17) and Iowa (Wednesday, Jan. 31) and road contests against the Northwestern (Saturday, Jan. 6) and Wisconsin (Wednesday, Jan. 24). The Wolverines will have the traditional home-and-home conference series against Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue to fill out the 16-game conference schedule.

Michigan will face intrastate rival Michigan State twice in 2007, with the first meeting in East Lansing, Mich. (Tuesday, Feb. 13) on ESPN. For the second game in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines' game is part of an ESPN wildcard selection and will either be played Tuesday, Feb. 27, on ESPN or Wednesday, Feb. 28, on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN-Plus. The game's date will be determined 30 days prior to the event.

The 2007 Big Ten Tournament will make a final visit to Chicago, Ill., before heading to Indianapolis, Ind., for the next five years. The 2007 tournament will be held Thursday through Sunday, March 8-11, at the United Center. The winner of the annual conference tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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