Michigan will face Prairie View A&M on Saturday night (8 p.m., BTN) as part of the inaugural Coaches vs. Racism event in Washington D.C. The Wolverines arrived in the capitol on Thursday night and will spend Friday practicing, visiting the National Museum of African American History, and participating in an pre-event dinner as part of the weekend of festivities.
It will be an positive experience for Michigan players for a good cause and a chance for Hunter Dickinson and Terrance Williams to return home and play in front of friends and family. It’s also an excellent opportunity for Prairie View A&M to showcase HBCU hoops on a neutral floor and a national stage, but it comes at a brutal travel cost. The Panthers played two games in California this week — at St. Mary’s on Tuesday and at San Francisco on Thursday night, when Michigan was arriving in D.C. — and still have to play at Oklahoma State (Sunday), Texas Tech (Monday) and Grand Canyon (Wednesday).
That helps illustrate how different college basketball in November is for programs of different sizes and is partly why a showcase like this was created. On the court, Prairie View A&M is one of the SWAC’s top teams and will pose a unique challenge for the Wolverines on Saturday night.
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