2008-09 Men's Basketball Schedule
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team has announced the times and television schedule for its non-conference schedule.
Michigan opens the season with an exhibition contest against Saginaw Valley State on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Crisler Arena. The preseason contest will be one of three Wolverine games scheduled to be streamed live, free of charge, on BigTenNetwork.com. U-M's game against Savannah State on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m., and Florida Gulf Coast on Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., are also scheduled to be streamed live.
The Wolverines will serve as one of four regional hosts for the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11-12. With teams still being determined for the U-M regional pod, a total of four games will be played at Crisler Arena during the two days. Tuesday's games will begin with a 4 p.m. tipoff, with U-M slated for the second game at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. If the Wolverines win the first game, they will play at 8 p.m. on Wednesday on ESPNU. If U-M loses, the Wolverines will play the earlier game at 5 p.m. If U-M wins the regional, the Wolverines will advance to the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20-21. All semifinal - and championship-round games will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Six of the Wolverines' final nine non-conference games will be played at Crisler Arena starting with Norfolk State on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 8:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. U-M will then face two straight ACC schools when the Wolverines hit the road to Maryland for an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU before hosting Duke on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Crisler Arena at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Maize and Blue then hosts crosstown rival Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. on the Big Ten Network before taking on in-state rival Oakland at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Detroit. Michigan's game against Oakland is part of a doubleheader at the Palace, with Central Michigan also facing Robert Morris at 1 p.m.
U-M closes with North Carolina Central on Monday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network in the final tuneup prior to the Big Ten slate of games. During Big Ten play, the Maize and Blue will have one final non-conference game when the Wolverines play at Connecticut on Saturday, Feb. 7, in Storrs, Conn. The game against Huskies will be on ESPN at 6 p.m.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423