The 2008/2009 Michigan basketball team will kick off the season by participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
"We certainly view the ability to compete in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament as beneficial for developing our team chemistry," said U-M coach John Beilein in a statement. "The out of conference match-up at Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, against Duke at Crisler Arena and at UConn will no doubt provide our team chances to compete against team's at the highest level of college basketball while facing programs that have won national championships in the past 10 years. The 18-game Big Ten schedule will no doubt prove to be very challenging with unprecedented opportunities for national exposure on the Big Ten Network."
Michigan will host two rounds of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament, and if victorious could advance to the semifinal and final rounds in Madison Square Garden in New York. Duke, UCLA and Southern Illinois will also serve as host sites, but the full tournament field has yet to be determined.
The Maize & Blue will hit the road this year for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and will take on the Maryland Terrapins in College Park. They will also play marquee opponents Duke (at home December 6th), Connecticut (on the road February 7th), and will travel to the Palace of Auburn Hills on December 20th for an in-state match-up with Oakland.
In conference play, the Wolverines will only square off with intra-state rival Michigan State and Indiana once each.
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