For John Beilein, his Wolverine squad will be facing opponents from across the country this season. However, he will be facing one opponent in particular that will feel close to him.
So close, in fact, he can consider it family.
The Wolverines will open the season Nov. 6 at Crisler Center with an exhibition game against Le Moyne College, a Division II school coached by Beilein’s son, Patrick.
“Kathleen and I are so proud of Patrick as he moves into this next stage of his coaching career,” Beilein said. “Having the opportunity of coaching against my son in one of his very first games at Le Moyne College will be a special moment for the both of us. A big question for this game will be, who will Kathleen root for?"
The first game of the regular season tips-off against another D-II opponent Northern Michigan at Crisler on Nov 13, Crisler will also host the Wolverines’ next two games against Elon, a preliminary Battle 4 Atlantis game (Nov. 16), and Xavier (Nov. 20), part of the inaugural Gavitt Games.
The Wolverines travel to the Bahamas to participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis where it will play in three of the five away games. Bracketing has yet to be announced. Remaining road visits include a trip to SMU on Dec. 1 and an ACC/Big Ten match-up against N.C. State on Dec. 8.
The Wolverines head home to conclude December with five of its six regular season games at home. Michigan concludes its non-conference schedule against Bryant on Dec. 23 at the Crisler Center.
"As we learned last year, every non-conference opponent is dangerous and we will do our best to win every game possible,” Beilein said. “When it all shakes out at the end, we expect our overall strength of a schedule will be one of the best in the NCAA. We look forward to an exciting 2015-16 season."