Wolverines Announce Challenging Schedule for 2008-09

2008-09 Michigan Men's Basketball Schedule

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In conjunction with the Big Ten Conference, the University of Michigan men's basketball team has announced its 2008-09 schedule.

"We certainly view the ability to compete in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament as beneficial for developing our team chemistry," said U-M coach John Beilein. "The out-of-conference contests at Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, against Duke at Crisler Arena and at UConn will no doubt provide our team chances to compete against teams at the highest level of college basketball while facing programs that have won national championships in the past 10 years. The 18-game Big Ten schedule will no doubt prove to be very challenging with unprecedented opportunities for national exposure on the Big Ten Network."

The Maize and Blue will tip off the 2008-09 non-conference schedule with an exhibition contest against Saginaw Valley State on Thursday, Nov. 6, before serving as one of four regional hosts for the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. With Duke, UCLA and Southern Illinois serving as the other host sites, full tournament team assignments are still being determined by the Classic hosts, the Gazelle Group.

However, U-M will host rounds one and two on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11-12, at Crisler Arena. The semifinal and finals will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20-21.

Six of the Wolverines final nine non-conference games will be played at Crisler Arena starting with home games against Norfolk State on Tuesday, Nov. 25, and against Savannah State on Saturday, Nov. 29. U-M will face two straight ACC schools when the Wolverines hit the road to Maryland for an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 3, before hosting Duke on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Crisler Arena.

The Maize and Blue host crosstown rival Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Crisler Arena before taking on in-state rival Oakland at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, Dec. 20. U-M will play Florida Gulf Coast and North Carolina Central in the final tune-ups prior to the Big Ten slate of games.

In addition, the Maize and Blue will play one non-conference game during the Big Ten season as the Wolverines head to Connecticut on Saturday, Feb. 7, in Storrs, Conn. With broadcast assignments still being determined by the Big Ten, conference schools will release times and television schedules for non-conference games at a later date.

For the second straight season, the Wolverines will open Big Ten play at home, hosting Wisconsin on Wednesday, Dec. 31, on ESPN. With the second year of the expanded 18-game conference schedule, the Maize and Blue will face Indiana and Michigan State just once during the conference slate. U-M heads to Assembly Hall to face the Hoosiers on Wednesday, Jan. 7, on the Big Ten Network and hosts the intrastate rival Spartans at Crisler Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 10, on ESPN.

The Wolverines will have the traditional home-and-home conference series against Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

There are two scheduled CBS wildcard games for the Wolverines during 2009. First, U-M's road game at Wisconsin will be played Sunday, March 1, on the Big Ten Network (noon), ESPN2 (2 p.m.) or CBS (4 p.m.). The decision for the game time against the Badgers will be made no later than Monday, Feb. 16.

Second, the Wolverines' conference finale at Minnesota will be played Saturday, March 7, on ESPN (noon) or the Big Ten Network (2 p.m.) or Sunday, March 8, on CBS (noon). The decision for the game against the Gophers is expected to be made no later than Monday, Feb. 23.

The Big Ten Tournament will once again take place in the city of Indianapolis, Ind. The 2009 tournament will be held Thursday through Sunday, March 12-15, at Conseco Fieldhouse. The winner of the annual conference tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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