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Michigan’s non-conference schedule taking shape with opening game revealed

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Circle Nov. 25 on your calendars.

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We have known for quite some time that the 2020-21 college basketball has been tentatively set for a Nov. 25 start, but nine days out we still do not have a schedule with programs starting from scratch in a COVID-impacted season. It appears that has changed for the Michigan Wolverines with the announcement from Bowling Green on Monday that they will open the season at Crisler Center on Nov. 25.

That gives Michigan five known non-conference games at the moment, which are as follows:

  • November 25th vs. Bowling Green
  • November 29th vs. Oakland
  • December 6th – vs. UCF
  • December 9th – vs. NC State (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
  • December ??– vs. Ball State

An official schedule announcement should be coming shortly as teams put the finishing touches on the slate of games. It is also possible like hockey that they announce only a few weeks of games at a time while navigating the pandemic, but it remains to be seen how they will handle this.

Despite the state of Michigan moving into a quasi-shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, basketball and other sports are still set to move forward. The NCAA announced on Monday that it will host this year’s NCAA Tournament in a single spot instead of the normal 13 sites they usually do. Most people presume that this will take place in Indianapolis.

We’ll see what happens, but the Wolverines do appear to be close to officially being back on the court next week in game action.