here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Men's BBall Schedule Released
There doesn't appear to be any truly dreadful stretch on there. Maybe a 3 game stretch in mid-Feb that will be tough, but 2 of those are at home.
I see a 10 game stretch with 8 of our 10 toughest conference games.
Might as well plan to take Feb. 3 off work now.
Wow if we lose a game before Dec 3rd, I'm going to be real pissed!
EDIT: and we only play Ohio once...@Ohio! Thanks again B1G...WTF???
they lost 2 home games last year and had their win over Kansas stolen by the refs.
Peru Rico Classic, I expect Michigan to win at least 1 game (2 seems likely) with a possible loss to Georgetown or Kansas State at the championship game.
At minimum, 2-3 losses should be the expectation. Expecting a 7-0 start before facing Duke may be unrealistic considering they're breaking in a new PG in Walton and unknown in Spike with an increased playing time. Remember, Michigan is still a young team. Talented but young.
My first impression overall is that the ebb and flow of potential difficulty is a little more even in this schedule as opposed to last year's. Last year, about 3-4 weeks of the conference schedule (mostly in February) seemed like they were particularly brutal for various reasons.
Feb 23rd. Circled.
of Home and Away games alternating. Only one stretch of back to back away games (followed by back to back home games). I think overally this is a schedule that should be harder to have losing streaks, but definitely some tough games in the B1G. Would nominally expect 13-5 right now for B1G record.
Eeeeek. At Duke. Bring it on though.
Aside from the obvious travesty that is playing Ohio only once (@Ohio nontheless), schedule looks managable. If we have more than 2 losses before Jan 18th @Wisconsin I'd be ... well, not thrilled.
Duke and Arizona are the most obvious challenges in the non-conference slate.
Those complaining about being at ohio need to remember it is all part of B1G single play. Michigan gets them at home next year for the one and only regular season meeting.
The B1G sucks in regards to basketball scheduling. No rivalry is safe. Michigan had state in single play twice in 2000s. Granted, it wasn't much of a rivalry. But now I think it is safe.
College Gameday should be in A2.
Won't the addition of Rutgers and MD alter the B1G Single Play model? We'll probably end up playing at MSU both times next year.
Season opener with UMass-Lowell. Ouch.
This will be their first season as a D1 school.
"Welcome to Division I. Your first test, the national runner-up"
2 home games during spring break, including a potential big one with Indiana. We seem to get burned every year on this.
Frankly, it's our own fault. You can't blame the Big Ten for wanting to put marquee matchups at the end of the season; every conference does that. The problem is that we insist on having a "spring" break at the end of February/beginning of March, which is earlier than almost every other school in the country.
In any event, I thought we had a great crowd for the IU game this year regardless.
ISU is definitely a trap... Don't know why they scheduled that tough of a road game literally one week after the regular season starts. It will end up being a huge test for the youngsters.
series. ISU traveled to Crisler last year and this year, Michigan has to travel to Ames. Fortunately, ISU lost 4 starters from last year so there will be a learning curve for both teams.
FWIW ISU came here in 2011-12.
Oh you mean when we busted out that chant, SPARTY REJECT! I was there.
Good thing that they didn't play last year because ISU would have given Michigan the toughest non-conference game of the regular season.
So? What's so bad about that? I felt that last year's nonconference schedule didn't prepare us enough to go on the road.
thanks for the informative yet lazy post.
I think you are the lazy one... Expecting the important info to be highlighted in the post, so you don't have to open the link and read or watch for yourself is pretty lazy in my opinion.
In a 2 week period - wow. I knew about the Duke game but not AZ, who had a great recruiting class. Should be game tested going into the B1G conference play.
Because it happens. Can you think of another scenario that allows every B1G to play every other team twice?
When do tickets go on sale anyone know?
Big ten record......14-4
of interesting matchups. I particularly like the Coppin State game scheduled the day before The Game during Thanksgiving weekend. That ought to be a great weekend.
And then you have the New Years Day scenarios with bball, Red Wings at the Big House and Michigan possibly in the Rose Bowl.
That opening night conference game on the road at Minnesota won't be easy. MSU struggled there and lost that game a year ago in the opener. Playing in that barn isn't like playing other places. But by then Michigan will have possibly already played two ACC and PAC 12 schools.
I know folks want to see home and home vs. OSU, but I think MSU is a greater rival in basketballl for Michigan, even if Ohio is the overall evil empire in any matchup. Let's go to Columbus and kick their ass. It's always a greater feather getting the road win, anyway.
The team I want Michigan to really pump this year is Wisconsin. The Badgers have stolen two victories from Michigan, and Belien's crew needs to get after it against them.