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Thursday, Nov. 20, 9 p.m. -- vs. No. 4 UCLA (New York, N.Y.)
Live Audio | ESPN2
Friday, Nov. 21, 5 or 7 p.m. -- vs. No. 8 Duke or Southern Illinois (New York, N.Y.)
Live Audio | ESPN2
After winning the Ann Arbor Regional of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, the University of Michigan men's basketball team travels to New York City to compete in the championship rounds, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20-21, at Madison Square Garden. The Maize and Blue will meet fourth-ranked UCLA in Thursday's second semifinal at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. In the first semifinal, No. 8 Duke will square off with Southern Illinois at 7 p.m.
On Friday, the losers from Thursday's matchups will meet in the third-place game at 5 p.m. and the winners from Thursday will play in the championship game at 7 p.m. All four championship-round contests will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and both of Michigan's two contests will be available on radio throughout the state of Michigan on the Michigan Sports Network or worldwide on the internet at MGoBlue.com.
U-M advanced to New York after dispatching Michigan Tech, 77-55, on Nov. 11 and Northeastern, 76-56, on Nov. 12 in the first two rounds of the 2K Sports Classic. Sophomore guard Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) earned Ann Arbor Regional MVP honors after averaging 28.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Harris had a career-best 30 points in the opener against Michigan Tech and came up just two assists shy of a triple-double in the regional final victory over Northeastern after posting 26 points, a career-best 10 rebounds and eight assists. In addition to MVP honors, Harris was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.
Junior forward DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Pershing HS) registered his first career double-double (10 points, career-best 12 rebounds) in the victory over Michigan Tech and closed with 19 points and seven rebounds against Northeastern. The Wolverines will be making their first appearance in Madison Square Garden since the championship game of the Postseason NIT on March 30, 2006.
The Bruins head to Madison Square Garden with a 2-0 record after defeating Prairie View A&M and Miami (Ohio) at home to advance to New York. Senior guard Darren Collison was named MVP of the Los Angeles Regional after averaging 17.5 points per game in UCLA's two victories.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423