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Michigan announces 2018-19 basketball schedule

Michigan’s 2018-19 schedule is complete with today’s announcement of the Big Ten slate.

The Big Ten will utilize a 20-game schedule for the first time in the league’s history this year and teams will play two conference games in early December for the second year in a row. Every conference team plays seven league opponents twice and splits the remaining six opponents home and away.

Michigan’s double-plays are against Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State , Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin. The league also introduced protected rivalries in 2018-19 which means that Michigan and Michigan State will play twice every year moving forward.

The Wolverines only play home games against Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue and will travel to Illinois, Iowa and Rutgers.

Michigan’s home slate is highlighted by early games against North Carolina (Nov. 28), Purdue (Dec. 1) and South Carolina (Dec. 8). The Wolverines also have marquee weekend home games against Indiana (Jan. 6), Wisconsin (Feb. 9), Maryland (Feb. 16) and Michigan State (Feb. 24). In total, 6 of Michigan’s 10 home conference games will be played on Saturday or Sunday.

For the second year in a row, Michigan won’t play any home games on a Friday night but the Wolverines play two Friday conference road games at Indiana (Jan. 25) and Iowa (Feb. 1).

Michigan will end the 2018-19 regular season with back-to-back road games, finishing things off with a rivalry game in East Lansing (Mar. 9) for Senior Night.

Here’s Michigan’s 2018-19 schedule:

DateOpponentTime/TVLocationTickets
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Mon, Aug. 22Madrid GeneralsReplay | HighlightsW, 82-72
Thurs, Aug. 23KK Mega BemaxReplay | HighlightsL, 81-72
Sat, Aug. 25JoventutReplay | HighlightsL, 85-79
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Fri, Nov. 2Northwood (ex)Recap | 5KPW, 90-58
Tues, Nov. 6Norfolk State RecapW, 63-441-0
Sat, Nov. 10Holy Cross RecapW, 56-372-0
Wed, Nov. 14at Villanova RecapW, 73-463-0
Sat, Nov. 17vs. George Washington RecapW, 84-614-0
Sun, Nov. 18vs. ProvidenceRecapW, 66-475-0
Fri, Nov. 23UT Chattanooga RecapW, 83-556-0
Wed, Nov. 28North Carolina RecapW, 84-677-0
Sat., Dec. 1PurdueRecapW, 76,578-0 (1-0)
Tues, Dec. 4at NorthwesternRecapW, 62-609-0 (2-0)
Sat, Dec. 8South Carolina RecapW, 89-7810-0 (2-0)
Sat, Dec. 15Western Michigan RecapW, 70-6211-0 (2-0)
Sat, Dec. 22Air Force RecapW, 71-5012-0 (2-0)
Sun, Dec. 30Binghamton RecapW, 74-5213-0 (2-0)
Thurs, Jan. 3Penn StateRecapW, 68-5514-0 (3-0)
Sun, Jan. 6IndianaRecapW, 74-6315-0 (4-0)
Thurs, Jan. 10at IllinoisRecapW, 79-6916-0 (5-0)
Sun, Jan. 13NorthwesternRecapW, 80-6017-0 (6-0)
Sat, Jan. 19at WisconsinRecapL, 64-5417-1 (6-1)
Tues, Jan. 22MinnesotaRecapW, 59-5718-1 (7-1)
Fri, Jan. 25at IndianaRecapW 69-4619-1 (8-1)
Tues, Jan. 29Ohio StateRecapW, 65-4920-1 (9-1)
Fri, Feb. 1at IowaRecapL, 74-5920-2 (9-2)
Tues, Feb. 5at RutgersRecapW, 77-6521-2 (10-2)
Sat, Feb. 9WisconsinRecapW, 61-5222-2 (11-2)
Tues, Feb. 12at Penn StateRecapL, 75-6922-3 (11-3)
Sat, Feb. 16MarylandRecapW, 65-5223-3 (12-3)
Thurs, Feb. 21at MinnesotaRecapW, 69-6024-3 (13-3)
Sun, Feb. 24Michigan State3:45 p.m., CBSAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Thurs, Feb. 28Nebraska7:00 p.m., ESPNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Sun, Mar. 3at Maryland3:45 p.m., CBSCollege Park, Md. (Xfinity Center)Tickets
Sat, Mar. 9at Michigan State4/6/8 p.m., ESPN/2East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)Tickets
Mar. 12-17Big Ten TournamentChicago, Ill. (United Center)Tickets

Notable Replies

  1. DeAngeloVickers

    That illinois game seems out of place

  2. buckets12

    I can see it now: Saturday March 9th, two top 10 teams. Conference title on the line in East Lansing. JB with a week to prepare. Inject it into my veins.

  3. bluejayway

    Seems favorable for a young team in conference. Two home games to start, first road trip is at Illinois. No four- or five-game “murderous” stretch that I can see. Seems like the difficulty (quality of opponent) increases as the season carries on, but U-M typically has grown exponentially along with the season as well.

  4. chazer

    I really like finishing on the road B2B. This keeps the team super focused and prepped for the tournament run. It gives JB time to game plan for teams he’s already faced and exploit the weakness. He will out coach Tommy every time in the second game…home or away I like our chances. I think this could be a tougher ball team than last year! We have two kids that can get to the rack…Charles and Iggy! I will not be surprised if NUNIE gets 3 ball minutes by years end. He’s physical and plays in NY…i see NYC swag! Winner stays on! Go blue!

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