ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan announced its 2001-02 men's basketball schedule today (Wednesday, Aug. 22) jointly with the Big Ten Conference. The Wolverines, led by first-year head coach Tommy Amaker, will face two Final Four teams from a year ago -- Duke, the defending national champion, and Michigan State -- as well as seven other NCAA Tournament teams and two NIT participants.
"We're tremendously excited about our first season here at Michigan," said Amaker. "Our schedule gives us a number of early-season challenges, including games against the defending national champions (Duke) and against the defending Big East Conference champions (Boston College). And we look forward to competing in one of the best conferences in the country."
The breakdown of the schedule includes the 10 other Big Ten Conference teams, three Mid-American Conference teams and one team each from the America East, Atlantic Coast, Big East, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mid-Continent, Mountain West and West Coast conferences.
All Big Ten Conference games will again be televised through the ESPN network. Six Wolverine games will be featured on national television, with three scheduled for ESPN and three scheduled for CBS. The remainder of the Big Ten schedule will be broadcast as part of ESPN's regional or local packages.
With 27 total games on the schedule, U-M will host 15 regular-season games at Crisler Arena in addition to two exhibition contests. The Wolverines will tip off the season with an exhibition game against the EA All-Stars (Nov. 4) and follow that with another exhibition game against Nike Elite (Nov. 11). The season will officially open against Oakland (Nov. 16) at Crisler Arena.
Michigan will host Big East champion Boston College (Dec. 1) and will face perennial powerhouse and defending national champion Duke (Dec. 8) for the 12th straight year. Both home games will be featured nationally on CBS Sports. In addition, the Wolverines will participate in the Pete Newell Challenge when they travel to the west coast to play San Francisco (Dec. 29).
Other home non-conference games include first-time opponent Fairfield (Nov. 20), in-state and crosstown rival Eastern Michigan (Dec. 22), first-time opponent Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne (Dec. 4) and Vermont (Jan. 26). The Wolverines will have three road non-conference match-ups at in-state rival Western Michigan (Nov. 23), Bowling Green (Nov. 28) and Colorado State (Feb. 11).
Michigan opens its 16-game Big Ten regular-season schedule on the road at Penn State (Jan. 2). U-M will face Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State and Northwestern only once in 2001-02 and meet Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin in the traditional home-and-home series.
The Big Ten Conference Tournament will have a new home as it moves to Indianapolis, Ind., March 7-10 at Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the NBA's Indiana Pacers.
Call the Michigan Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247 for all ticket information.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423