The Wolverines’ non-conference schedule for the 11th
// Tom Wywrot
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.— With six home games and five neutral games, the University of Michigan men’s basketball team announced Wednesday (Aug. 17) its 11-game non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2022-2023 season.
After an exhibition game against Ferris State on Friday, Nov. 4, UM begins the regular season by hosting Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 7. The Wolverines are 1-0 all-time against the Mastodons, who shared the 2022 Horizon League title with Cleveland State and finished with a 21-12 record.
In the first of three straight neutral site games, the Wolverines will begin the stretch by traveling to Detroit to face Washtenaw County foe Eastern Michigan on Nov. 11 at Little Caesars Arena. The game marks the Wolverines’ second visit to LCA after they defeated Detroit Mercy on Dec. 16, 2017. Overall, UM is 21-3 against the Eagles and the teams will face each other for the first time in eight years — the last it was a 45-42 win at EMU on Dec. 9, 2014.
Staying on the road, UM will head to Brooklyn, NY, for the 2022 Legends Classic at Barclays Center. In a two-game series on Nov. 16-17, the Wolverines will face two of the other three invited teams — Arizona State, Pittsburgh and VCU.
Returning to Ann Arbor for a three-game slate, the Wolverines will host Ohio University on Nov. 20. With a 3-1 all-time record, UM will face the Bobcats for the first time since defeating the Wolverines in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Just before Thanksgiving, the Maize and Blue will play for the first time vs. Jackson State on Nov. 23.
The November homestand closes with Virginia coming to Ann Arbor as part of the 2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In the fifth all-time meeting, the Wolverines face the Cavaliers in the Challenge for the second time and first since 2011 — a 70-58 victory over Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena. UM has an 8-12 record in the Challenge, while Virginia is 13-8 — third best of all Challenge teams.
As the calendar turns to December, UM travels to London, England, for a matchup with perennial powerhouse Kentucky on Dec. 4 at the O2 Arena. The game is part of the London Showcase, which will also feature a game between Marist and Maine. The game will be the eighth in the all-time series with Kentucky (2-5) and the first since Aaron Harrison’s last-second 3-pointer ended the Wolverines’ 2014 NCAA run to the Elite Eight.
After an early Big Ten home/away doubleheader, the Wolverines will host Lipscomb for the first time on Dec. 17 at the Crisler Center. Three days later, UM travels to Charlotte, NC, for the 2022 Jumpman Invitational, which features games with the four original Jordan Brand programs – Michigan, North Carolina, Florida and Oklahoma. In the inaugural event, both the Maize and Blue teams will face off against the Tar Heels, with the women’s game on December 20th and the men’s game on December 21st.
The non-conference portion if the schedule closes against in-state foe Central Michigan on Dec. 30. In the first matchup between the teams in five years, the Wolverines hold a 22-3 overall record against the Chippewas.
In early June, the Big Ten set opponents for the Wolverines’ 20 conference games. UM will have three home games at the Crisler Center against Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue, as well as three lone road games at Illinois, Iowa and Rutgers. Along with the traditional home-and-home series with in-state rival Michigan State, UM will play home-and-home series with Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin.
The 2023 Big Ten Tournament returns to Chicago and the United Center (March 8-12), while the NCAA Final Four will be held in Houston, Texas, at NRG Stadium (April 1-3).
• Michigan’s first day of practice is Monday, Sept. 26
• The Wolverines will face Jackson State and Lipscomb for the first time.
• Michigan meets North Carolina for the fifth time in the last six years.
• UM head coach Phil MartelliHis son, Jimmy, is VCU’s director of basketball operations.
• UM Director of Player Personnel Jay Smith spent nine years as Central Michigan’s head coach (1998-2006).
• UM could face three former Wolverine transfers — Frankie Collins (Arizona State) and VCU Zeb Jackson and Brandon Johns Jr.
• UM is making its third trip to the Legends Classic (2011, ’15, 22). The 2015 event was held at Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY), while the 2011 event was at Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ).
• UM has a 3-2 all-time record at Barclays Center.
• UM is hosting its first ACC/Big Ten Challenge game since 2018 (North Carolina). The Wolverines were scheduled for a 2020 matchup with NC State, but the matchup was canceled due to COVID-19 within the Wolfpack program (replaced with Toledo). UM is 5-4 at Crisler Center in Challenge games.
• UM plays two in-state programs for the first time since the 2017-18 season (Central Michigan, Detroit Mercy — at LCA).