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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)7:00 p.m., BTN PlusAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Tues, Nov. 6Norfolk State 8:30 p.m., BTNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Sat, Nov. 10Holy Cross 7:30 p.m., BTN PlusAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Wed, Nov. 14at Villanova 6:30 p.m., FS1Villanova, PA (Finneran Pavilion)Tickets
Sat, Nov. 17vs. George Washington Noon, ESPN3Mohegan Sun/Hall of Fame Tip-OffTickets
Sun, Nov. 18vs. Providence or South Carolina  1:30 pm/4 pm, ESPN/2Mohegan Sun/Hall of Fame Tip-OffTickets
Fri, Nov. 23UT Chattanooga 4:00 p.m., BTNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Wed, Nov. 28North Carolina 9:00 p.m., ESPNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Sat., Dec. 1Purdue3:30 p.m., ESPNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Tues, Dec. 4at Northwestern9:00 p.m., BTNEvanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)Tickets
Sat, Dec. 8South Carolina Noon, FS1Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Sat, Dec. 15Western Michigan 2:00 p.m., BTNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Sat, Dec. 22Air Force 4:00 p.m., BTNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Sun, Dec. 30Binghamton Noon, BTNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Thurs, Jan. 3Penn State7:00 p.m., ESPN/2Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Sun, Jan. 6Indiana1:30/4:30, CBSAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Thurs, Jan. 10at Illinois8:00 p.m., FS1Champaign, Ill. (State Farm Arena)Tickets
Sun, Jan. 13Northwestern7:30 p.m., BTNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Sat, Jan. 19at WisconsinNoon, ESPN/2Madison, Wisc. (Kohl Center)Tickets
Tues, Jan. 22Minnesota7:00 p.m., BTNAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Fri, Jan. 25at Indiana6:30 p.m., FS1Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)Tickets
Tues, Jan. 29Ohio State9:00 p.m., ESPN/2Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Fri, Feb. 1at Iowa7:00 p.m., FS1Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)Tickets
Thurs, Feb. 5at Rutgers8:00 p.m., BTNPiscataway, NJ (Rutgers Athletic Center)Tickets
Sat, Feb. 9WisconsinNoon, FOXAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Tues, Feb. 12at Penn State8:30 p.m., BTNState College, Penn. (Bryce Jordan Center)Tickets
Sat, Feb. 16MarylandNoon, FOXAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Thurs, Feb. 21at Minnesota7:00 p.m., ESPN/2Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)Tickets
Sun, Feb. 24Michigan State3:45 p.m., CBSAnn Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)Tickets
Thurs, Feb. 28Nebraska7:00 p.m., ESPN/2Ann 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!

  5. RedsMaizeandBlue

    It’s a bit complicated I think. They weren’t stellar last season, and won’t bring in Brian Bowen plus they lose their second leading scorer in Frank Booker. That said, Chris Silva is going to be a legit SEC PotY candidate and Justin Minaya is a good wing that’s a bit undersized but shot the ball alright as a freshman and is set to have a break-out year. The key, for me, would probably be point guard play with Hassani Gravett, he doesn’t shoot from deep well but was just around 45% from two. Gravett didn’t take a ton of shots and struggled with injuries last year, but I fancy Zavier’s chances in that match-up.

    In conclusion, to answer your question if SC will be good, I guess I’d say kind of? I think a lot depends on how far Silva can take them and how much role players develop. I’ll be watching, or at least trying, to watch both of their pre-tournament home games. They share Norfolk State with Michigan on the schedule. People seem low on them in terms of hype but they’re well coached with a very, VERY good player on their roster.

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