Seven National TV Games Highlight 2005-06 Schedule

2005-06 U-M Men's Basketball Schedule

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program announced its 2005-06 schedule today (Wednesday, Aug. 17) jointly with the Big Ten Conference.

The Wolverines' 2005-06 schedule includes the possibility of eight nationally televised games, with four scheduled appearances on ESPN, two on ESPN2 and one on CBS. The Maize and Blue could play a second game on CBS if they are chosen for the wildcard game Saturday (March 4) against Indiana at Crisler Arena. In addition to the national exposure, once again, the entire Big Ten schedule will be broadcast as part of ESPN's national, regional or local package.

The 2005-06 schedule features games against six NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including national runner-up Illinois, Michigan State (Final Four), Wisconsin (Elite Eight), Iowa (first round), Minnesota (first round) and UCLA (first round). The Wolverines also face five teams from the 2005 Postseason NIT, including Boston University, Notre Dame, Indiana, Miami (Fla.) and Miami (Ohio).

In addition to the postseason teams on the schedule, throughout 2005-06, the Wolverines will match-up against all 10 Big Ten teams, as well as facing teams from the American East, Atlantic Coast (ACC), Big East, Horizon League, Mid-American (MAC), Mid-Con (MCC), Mid-Eastern Athletic (MEAC) and the PAC-10 conferences.

The first chance fans will have to see the 2005-06 Wolverine squad in action will be Saturday (Oct. 29) at the annual Maize and Blue scrimmage. The scrimmage will start at 6 p.m. at Crisler Arena. Following the scrimmage, the Wolverines will be available for autographs and photo opportunities and to watch the U-M football game at Northwestern.

The Wolverines will begin their exhibition season facing Grand Valley State, Saturday (Nov. 5), and Northern Michigan, Friday (Nov. 11) before starting their 27-game regular-season schedule, which features 16 games played at Crisler Arena.

The 11-game non-conference schedule begins with the regular-season opener against Central Michigan (Friday, Nov. 18) before the Wolverines hit the road to Boston, Mass., to face Boston University (Tuesday, Nov. 22). The Maize and Blue return home to face Butler (Saturday, Nov. 26) before taking part in the 2005 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as the Wolverines host Miami (Fla.), Tuesday (Nov. 29) on ESPN2. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge expands to feature 11 games between the two conferences over three days battling for the Commissioner's Cup.

Following the Challenge, the Wolverines head to South Bend, Ind., to play Notre Dame (Saturday, Dec. 3) on ESPN2, followed by a home game against Delaware State (Wednesday, Dec. 7). The road comes calling again as the Maize and Blue head to Tampa, Fla., to take on South Florida (Saturday, Dec. 10) before the Wolverines close out the non-conference schedule with four home games C against UCLA (Saturday, Dec. 17) on ESPN; Miami (Ohio) (Thursday, Dec. 22); Coppin State (Wednesday, Dec. 28) and Chicago State (Saturday, Dec. 31).

With the start of the new year, the Maize and Blue opens its 16-game Big Ten schedule on the road at Indiana (Tuesday, Jan. 3). In 2006, U-M faces Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin only once with home games against the Wildcats (Wednesday, Jan. 18) and the Badgers (Saturday, Jan. 28) and road contests against the Nittany Lions (Wednesday, Feb. 1) and the Hawkeyes (Saturday, Feb. 4).

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 intra-state rival Michigan State twice in 2006, with the first meeting at Crisler Arena, Wednesday (Jan. 25) and the second game at the Breslin Center, Saturday (Feb. 18) on ESPN.

The 2006 Big Ten Tournament will make a return trip to Indianapolis, Ind., Thursday through Sunday (March 9-12), at Conseco Field House. The winner of the annual conference tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Call the Michigan Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247 for all ticket information.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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