We already knew how many times the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team would play each of their Big Ten foes, but we now when they’ll play them now that the Big Ten schedule has been released.
B1G SCHEDULE NEWS— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) September 8, 2022
The B1G & U-M have released the dates and opponent designations for our 2️⃣0️⃣-game conference slate.
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At a quick glance, Michigan is at a bit of an advantage in terms of matchups this year, being it only has to play Ohio State, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa and Rutgers — all teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year — once.
The Wolverines also have a favorable schedule to start Big Ten play — at Minnesota, home against Maryland and Penn State — before their first true test of conference play at Michigan State on Jan. 7. They’ll finish the season with two tough road tests against Illinois and Indiana.
Mid-February will also be a real test for the Wolverines. From Feb. 11-26, they have home games against Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin, and road games against Wisconsin and Rutgers. That stretch will be crucial for Michigan’s NCAA Tournament chances; it probably needs to win three of those five games to secure a spot.
Here’s the complete conference schedule:
Dec. 8: @ Minnesota
Jan. 1: vs Maryland
Jan. 4: vs Penn State
Jan. 7: @ Michigan State
Jan. 12: @ Iowa
Jan. 15: vs Northwestern
Jan. 19: @ Maryland
Jan. 22: vs Minnesota
Jan. 26: vs Purdue
Jan. 29: @ Penn State
Feb. 2: @ Northwestern
Feb. 5: vs Ohio State
Feb. 8: vs Nebraska
Feb. 11: vs Indiana
Feb. 14: @ Wisconsin
Feb. 18: vs Michigan State
Feb. 23: @ Rutgers
Feb. 26: vs Wisconsin
March 2: @ Illinois
March 5: @ Indiana
After an exhibition against Ferris State, Michigan kicks off its 2022-23 season against Purdue Fort Wayne at the Crisler Center. Highlights of the non-conference schedule include the Legends Classic on Nov. 16 and 17, a home game against Virginia on Nov. 29 as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, a Dec. 4 matchup with Kentucky in London, and a tough road test at North Carolina for the inaugral Jumpman Invitational.