2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Slate: Michigan Wolverines

The conference schedule for each Big Ten team was revealed on Monday. The Michigan Wolverines and head coach John Beilein finished 8th in the league with a 10-8 record, but struggled mightily against the top-6 (IU, MSU, PUR, MD, IOWA, WISC), going 3-8 in those games.

Lot of changes made to the Wolverines on the court. The departures of Caris LeVert (graduating – NBA Draft), Spike Albrecht (graduate transfer – Purdue), Kameron Chatman (transfer – Detroit Mercy), Aubrey Dawkins (transfer – Central Florida), and Ricky Doyle (transfer – Florida Gulf Coast). It was also announced this off-season that former U-M assistant coach Bacari Alexander was hired to be the next head coach at UDM.

Despite the numerous voids left on the roster, they return a core of Zak IrvinDerrick Walton Jr.Duncan Robinson, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman. The four together were responsible for nearly 57 percent of the team’s scoring this past season. They will be heavily relied upon once again, should they stay healthy.

Michigan’s Big Ten schedule for next season features five home-and-home games against conferences foes, including again the top-2 teams in Michigan State and Indiana. U-M lost both lone meetings vs. MSU and IU, both at home and were outscored by a combined 29 points in the two defeats.

Out of the remaining eight teams in the league, Michigan will only see them once in 2016-17, including a home match-up against Purdue and former Wolverine Spike Albrecht on

  • Home: Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue
  • Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers

The home-and-home series with Indiana and Michigan State as well as Sweet 16 participant Wisconsin appear to pose as daunting tasks for the Wolverines, at least on paper as it stands today.

Dates and official tip-off times will be released on a future date.