Eight Games on National TV Highlight 2003-04 Schedule

2003-04 U-M Men's Basketball Schedule

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program announced its 2003-04 schedule today (Tuesday, Aug. 19) jointly with the Big Ten Conference.

The Wolverines' 2003-04 schedule includes eight nationally televised games, including six appearances on CBS. In addition, the entire Big Ten Conference schedule will again be broadcast as part of ESPN's national, regional or local package, with the Maize and Blue being featured twice on the main networks, ESPN and ESPN2.

The schedule features games against eight NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including Michigan State (Elite Eight), Butler (Sweet 16) and Wisconsin (Sweet 16). Michigan also faces five teams from the 2003 NIT, including semifinalist Minnesota and quarterfinalist Iowa.

"We have another tough schedule in front of us, but one we are excited about," said U-M third-year coach Tommy Amaker. "Our schedule gives us a number of early-season challenges before we hit our conference schedule, which continues to be one of the toughest in the country. We look forward to competing and gaining more experiences to allow us to continue to grow as a program."

As well as competing against the Big Ten, the non-conference schedule will feature games against two Mid-American Conference teams and one team each from the America East, Atlantic Coast, Big South, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-Continent, Mid-Eastern, Pacific-10 and Southeastern conferences and the Horizon League.

After a two-year hiatus, the Wolverines return to the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Wolverines will face North Carolina State (Dec. 2) at Crisler Arena on ESPN2. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge consists of nine games between the two conferences battling for the Commissioner's Cup.

The first chance fans will have to see the Wolverines will be Oct. 25 at the Maize and Blue scrimmage. The scrimmage will start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the Michigan-Purdue football game. Following the scrimmage, the Wolverines will be available for autographs and photo opportunities.

The Wolverines will begin their preseason with a pair of exhibition games against Michigan Tech (Nov. 8) and a National Basketball Developmental League (NBDL) team (Nov. 14) before starting their 29-game regular-season schedule, which features 16 games played at Crisler Arena.

The Maize and Blue tip off the regular season with home contests against Oakland (Nov. 21) and High Point (Nov. 26). Michigan will then get an early-season preview of Conseco Fieldhouse, the site of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament, when it faces Butler Nov. 30 in one of its two neutral-site games. Following the Butler game, the Wolverines face North Carolina State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge before heading to Nashville, Tenn., to play Vanderbilt Dec. 6 at Memorial Gym.

The Wolverines open a five-game homestand when they face Bowling Green (Dec. 13), defending MAC champion Central Michigan (Dec. 20), and Delaware State (Dec. 22) before hosting UCLA Dec. 27 on CBS. The homestand will close with a Dec. 30 matchup against Boston University. The Wolverines wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule with their second neutral-site game, against Fairfield on Jan. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.

The Maize and Blue opens its 16-game Big Ten schedule Jan. 7 against Northwestern at Crisler Arena. In 2004 U-M will face Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue only once, with home games against Purdue (Feb. 7) and Ohio State (Feb. 29) on CBS and road contests with Illinois (Jan. 31) on CBS and Minnesota (Feb. 11).

The Wolverines will have the traditional home-and-home conference series against Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin. The Maize and Blue will again face intrastate rival Michigan State twice in 2004, first Jan. 17 in East Lansing, Mich., on CBS and then Feb. 24 in Ann Arbor on ESPN.

The Big Ten Tournament returns to Indianapolis, Ind., March 11-14 at Conseco Fieldhouse with the winner of the conference tournament earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Call the Michigan Ticket Office at (734) 764-2047 for all ticket information.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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