2020-21 Season

Game 5: Toledo at Michigan Preview

Michigan is finally part of the mess that is college basketball scheduling in 2020-21. The Wolverines were going to wrap up non-conference play against NC State on Wednesday, the best test on the schedule by a wide margin, but that’s been thrown out the window with a positive COVID test.

Instead, Michigan will play its third game against MAC competition and host Toledo on Wednesday night (6:00 p.m., FS1). The Rockets are an hour-long bus ride away from Ann Arbor and the highest-rated KenPom team in the MAC (102nd), which allowed this game to come together in a matter of hours.

This is Tod Kowalczyk’s eleventh season in charge at Toledo, and he’s built the program into one of the more consistent performers in the MAC despite still searching for that illustrious conference auto-bid. The Rockets have won the MAC West four times under Kowalczyk but haven’t been able to get the job done in Cleveland at the MAC Tournament.

Toledo’s 2019-20 campaign was a disappointment after multiple injuries left the program relying on a six-man rotation throughout the thick of conference play. This year’s team loses key frontcourt contributors but returns two seniors in the backcourt and adds a talented class of freshman and junior college additions who are already making an impact. The Rockets are 3-2, but their losses were both by a single possession to Bradley and Xavier.

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