The University of Michigan basketball program officially announced their 2014-15 slate of non-conference games on Tuesday afternoon, giving us the final glimpse at what the upcoming season will have to offer.
The season will open up on Nov. 10 in an exhibition match-up with Wayne State University at the Crisler Center. The official start to the year will be Nov. 15 when the Wolverines bring in Hillsdale College at home.
From there, Michigan will host the first two regional games of the Progressive Legends Classic at home on Nov. 17 and Nov. 20 with the opponents still to be determined. The Legends Classic will take place on Nov. 24-25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY which also features VCU, Villanova and Oregon.
Other notable games include the ACC/Big Ten Challenge which will feature a 2013 Final Four rematch between Syracuse and Michigan at home on Dec. 2 and a road date with Arizona on Dec. 13.
Here are head coach John Beilein‘s comments on the schedule, per U-M’s official release:
“As in our previous years, we will have a very challenging non-conference schedule,” said U-M head coach John Beilein. “Each game provides our young team with different challenges before heading into Big Ten play. We are thrilled to be going back to Brooklyn and the Barclays Center for games with VCU or Oregon and then Villanova. All three are perennial NCAA Tournament teams, and those games will be a terrific opportunity to be tested early.
“Having the opportunity to host two Hall of Fame coaches like Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and SMU’s Larry Brown gives us two significant home games which will no doubt provide electric atmospheres at Crisler Center. If our return game at Arizona is anything like last year’s thrilling game, it could be one the best college basketball games of the season. Once again, we expect our overall strength of a schedule will be one of the best in the NCAA.”
To quickly analyze the schedule, it’s not daunting by any means, but will feature some good match-ups and measuring sticks for the young team that the Wolverines return. We will know a lot about what this team is capable of by the time conference play begins.
The full non-conference schedule can be found here.