After an amazing start to the 2018-2019 season, Michigan basketball struggled a bit down the stretch and came up short of winning a Big Ten Title and a National Championship.
The Wolverines, who lost a trio of starters and a head coach, will look to have a big season under new head coach Juwan Howard.
On Wednesday, Michigan announced their 2019-2020 non-conference scheduled and here is what it looks like.
The Juwan Howard era opens with U-M’s lone exhibition game against Saginaw Valley State on Friday, Nov. 1. The 2019-20 season officially tips off with the first of four straight home contests at Crisler Center.
Following the regular season opener against Appalachian State on Tuesday, Nov. 5, U-M will play Creighton on Nov. 12 in a 2019 Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup — the annual eight-game battle between the Big Ten and the Big East.
Tying into U-M’s scheduled trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis over the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 27-29), the Maize and Blue will face Elon on Nov. 15 as part of the tournament’s non-traveling on-campus matchup. Just prior to Michigan leaving for the Bahamas, the Wolverines will play Houston Baptist on Nov. 22.
While bracket and game matchups for contests in the Bahamas are still being finalized, teams that will join U-M in the 2019 field include Alabama, Iowa State, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Oregon, Seton Hall and Southern Miss.
After returning from the islands, the Wolverines will remain on the road as they square off with Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center in the 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
With the turn of the calendar to December, Michigan will interrupt its non-conference slate to play a pair of Big Ten contests in early December with a home and road game scheduled. Conference details and opponents are expected to be released in mid-to-late August.
In mid-December, U-M begins a home-and-home series with Oregon. The Maize and Blue welcome the Ducks to Ann Arbor for the first time on Dec. 14. U-M is expected to play a return game next season in Eugene, Oregon, at the Matthew Knight Arena.
Prior to the December holiday break, the Wolverines play Presbyterian College on Dec. 21 and close out the 2019 calendar year and non-conference schedule with UMass Lowell on Dec. 29.