The Michigan Wolverines are on their way to starting another NCAA Tournament run, but some non-tourney news broke on Monday when a source told CBS Sports reporter Jon Rothstein the Wolverines will begin a home-and-home series for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons against the Oregon Ducks.
The Ducks will visit Ann Arbor Dec. 14, 2019 and the Wolverines will return the favor in 2020 when they head to Eugene.
Sources: Michigan and Oregon will start a home-and-home series on December 14th, 2019 in Ann Arbor. Return game in Eugene in 2020.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 18, 2019
Oregon is a No. 12 seed in this year’s tournament after heating up and winning the Pac-12 Tournament. They went 23-12 and were ranked inside the top-15 teams in the country before losing 7-foot-2 center Bol Bol for the season due to a foot injury.
He will likely head to the NBA, but they have the 11th best 2020 recruiting class to replace the small hole he will leave behind. They also have a young roster of mostly returning players who will put up a stiff challenge to a Michigan roster that could look a lot different next season.
The last time the Wolverines met the Ducks was in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Oregon won a nail-bitter 69-68 in the final minute by a shot made by Tyler Dorsey. The Ducks marched into the Final Four before falling to North Carolina, the eventual champions, by just one point.
Michigan and Oregon are two of the top teams in their respective conferences and it should be exhilarating to watch over the next two seasons.