Michigan basketball’s 2016-17 non-conference slate of games has been officially revealed and is set in stone, according to a release from the program on Wednesday afternoon.
The schedule will feature matchups with South Carolina, Texas and UCLA, as well as participating in the 2K Classic in New York City.
Michigan will open the season with an exhibition game on Nov. 4 against Armstrong State, which is notable because it means the return of U-M legend Cazzie Russell, who is an assistant coach with the program.
"Cazzie called and asked that we use our exhibition game to play his team, Armstrong State," Beilein said in the statement. "I said yes because it is always great when Cazzie returns to Ann Arbor. This time, however, he is with the other team. I am just glad he will not be in uniform playing against us."
Michigan opens regular season play by hosting two 2K Classic regional matchups at Crisler Center with Howard and IUPUI on Nov. 11 and 13, respectively. From there, they travel to the Big Apple to take on Marquette (Nov. 17) and either Pittsburgh or SMU (Nov. 18) pending the results of the first round games.
The Wolverines will also host Virginia Tech in the ACC/B1G Challenge on Nov. 30 and play at South Carolina (Nov. 23), vs. Texas (Dec. 6) and at UCLA (Dec. 10).
"We were successful in scheduling some very competitive home-and-home games for 2016," he said. "These games not only guarantee a strong RPI but provide our U-M fans some exciting non-conference games in Ann Arbor. These types of opponents have always proved to be excellent preparation for our tough Big Ten schedule."
Other non-conference opponents include Mount St. Mary’s (Nov. 26), Kennesaw State (Dec. 3), Central Arkansas Dec. 13, Maryland Eastern Shore (Dec. 17) and Furman (Dec. 22).
Michigan’s full 2016-17 schedule can be viewed here.