Michigan Basketball 2013-14 Schedule: 5 Must-See Games
At long last, the Michigan basketball schedule for the 2013-14 campaign has been unveiled.
If anyone doubts the Wolverines have indeed returned to the national spotlight, television broadcasting companies strongly disagree. Michigan will play on ESPN 13 times and make at least two appearances on CBS.
There are plenty of marquee games on this season's slate. The Puerto Rico Tip-Off may provide two of the Wolverines' best contests, but since only one opponent is known at this time neither of the potential matchups can be dubbed as a must-watch.
This is not a problem for the Maize and Blue faithful, though. At least five other games will have Michigan fans glued to their couches, or arena seats.
December 3 at Duke Blue Devils
December 14 vs. Arizona Wildcats
February 11 at Ohio State Buckeyes
Not having to face the Ohio State Buckeyes twice in one season is a slight advantage when it comes to the Big Ten Conference chase. However, only facing an archrival once during league play is likely a little disappointing to the two fanbases.
It also means bragging rights for nearly an entire year are on the line. Emotions will be high with no shot at redemption for either team until the 2014-15 campaign. No one should be missing the latest installment of this bitter rivalry.
Traveling to Columbus presents a big test for the Michigan Wolverines. After all, the Maize and Blue have not won there in a decade.
The game also kicks off a brutal four-game stretch for the Wolverines, making this a prime opportunity to build confidence and add a marquee win to their postseason resume.
The pair of matchups between Michigan and Ohio State last season came down the wire, too. The Buckeyes held off the Wolverines in a 56-53 win at home, while the latter held serve on its own floor with a 76-74 overtime victory. Another nail-biter is likely on the horizon.
February 23 vs. Michigan State Spartans
Late February is when conference championships can be won or lost, especially when two of the top dogs square off. College GameDay may be in East Lansing for the Jan. 27 matchup between Michigan and Michigan State, but the more intriguing game will take place a month later.
By this time, the Big Ten title chase will be reaching its pinnacle. And with limited time for either team to make up ground on the other after this game, the victory may in effect clinch the league crown.
Oh, and did I mention this is becoming one of the most heated rivalries in college basketball?
Finally, the top two teams in the Great Lakes State are on the same level. After years of one program dominating the other, Michigan and Michigan State faced each other as Top 10 teams for the first time in history last season. Actually, it happened twice in 2012-13.
The Wolverines have won four of the last six meetings. Trey Burke's heroics in the most recent clash still has Spartan fans wondering how they missed out on a sweep.
This rematch is sure to thrill both fanbases for yet another year.
March 8 vs. Indiana Hoosiers
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