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Michigan announces Big Ten slate, makes non-conference schedule official

Michigan has officially announced their their Big Ten double play/home/away portion of the 2017-18 season, while finalizing the non-conference side of things as well.

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Michigan finalized their non-conference portion of scheduling on Monday afternoon.

The 2017-18 Wolverine basketball team will host North Florida on Nov. 11 to open up the regular season. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

The Osprey's, coached by Matthew Driscoll, went 15-19 overall last season and 8-6 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. In the ASUN Tournament, N. Florida made it to the final before losing 77-61 against Florida Gulf Coast.

The rest of the non-conference slate features the Maui Invitiational (Nov. 20-22), a road trip to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina (Nov. 29) in the Big Ten/ACC Challange, and games of importance at Texas (Dec. 12) and at the Crisler Center against UCLA (Dec.9).

Michigan will also take on Grand Valley State University in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 3 in Ann Arbor.

Michigan also announced its home/away/double play matchups for the upcoming season

Home & Away - Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue

Home Only - Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Rutgers

Away Games - Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin.

The Wolverines were 26-12 overall last season, while going 10-8 in Big Ten regular season play and then proceeded to win the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan then made a run to the sweet sixteen before losing 69-68 to Oregon.

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Head coach John Beilein was in favor of the new look schedule.

"It is then exciting to play North Carolina, two December Big Ten games, UCLA, Texas and Detroit all in a row as well," Beilein told mgoblue.com. "It will be great for our fans and important to our strength of schedule. We plan on making the most of it."

The conference games have yet to be finalized with television and time designations, and are expected to be announced later this summer.