Eight Games on National TV Highlight 2004-05 Schedule

2004-05 U-M Men's Basketball Schedule

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program announced its 2004-05 schedule today (Wednesday, Aug. 25) jointly with the Big Ten Conference.

The Wolverines' 2004-05 schedule includes the possibility of 11 nationally televised games, including five already scheduled appearances on ESPN and three on CBS. Once again, the entire Big Ten schedule will be broadcast as part of ESPN's national, regional or local package. In addition, four Wolverine non-conference match-ups will be broadcast through the ESPN-Plus local package on Comcast cable.

The schedule features games against four NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including national runner-up Georgia Tech, Illinois (Sweet 16), Wisconsin (second round) and Michigan State (first round). The Wolverines face four teams from the 2004 Postseason NIT, including America East champion Boston University and Big East power Notre Dame.

"Once again, our schedule gives us a number of early-season challenges, which we are excited about facing," said U-M fourth-year coach Tommy Amaker. "Those experiences we gain early in the season will help us when we hit our conference schedule, which continues to be one of the toughest in the country."

As well as competing against several national tournament teams and the Big Ten, the non-conference schedule will feature games against teams from the American East, Atlantic Coast (ACC), Big South, Big East, Big Sky, Conference USA, Metro Atlantic Athletic (MAAC), Mid-East Athletic (MEAC) and the PAC-10 conferences.

Michigan, the 2004 Postseason NIT champions, will participate in the Preseason NIT and will host Binghamton (Nov. 15) in the first round. If U-M advances, the Wolverines will play the winner of the College of Charleston at Colorado game at Crisler Arena, Nov. 17. If U-M is again victorious, the Maize and Blue will head back to New York City's Madison Square Garden for the semifinals (Nov. 24) and the finals (Nov. 26).

For the second year, the Wolverines return to action in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Maize and Blue will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to face national runner-up Georgia Tech (Nov. 30) at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum on ESPN. 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. 30 at the annual Maize and Blue scrimmage. The scrimmage will start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the Michigan-Michigan State 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. 7) and Wayne State (Nov. 10) before starting their 27-game regular-season schedule, which features 17 games played at Crisler Arena.

In addition to the Preseason NIT schedule, Michigan's non-conference schedule includes home games against Sacramento State (Nov. 19), Notre Dame (Dec. 4) on ESPN, High Point (Dec. 7), South Florida (Dec. 11), Boston University (Dec. 14), Delaware State (Dec. 29), UNC-Asheville (Dec. 31) and Fairfield (Jan. 8). The Maize and Blue have two non-conference roads games with the Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest at Georgia Tech (Nov. 30) on ESPN and then at UCLA (Dec. 18) on CBS.

The Maize and Blue opens its 16-game Big Ten schedule on the road, Jan. 5, against Iowa. In 2005 U-M will face Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue only once, with home games against Minnesota (Feb. 2) and Illinois (Feb. 8) on ESPN and road contests with Purdue (Jan. 30) and Ohio State (Feb. 5). The Wolverines will have the traditional home-and-home conference series against Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin.

The Big Ten Tournament returns to Chicago, Ill., March 10-13 at the United Center with the winner of the conference tournament earning 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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