In a recent press release, Michigan has officially announced its 2015-16 non-conference schedule. The Wolverines faced some major non-conference opponents last season including Arizona, SMU, and Villanova and are set to add some other top matchups for next season.
Though Michigan does not have the elite teams on it schedule it had last year, there are still some really interesting matchups. Not only will the team face a good Xavier team at home, but they will also be challenged on the road by teams like North Carolina State and SMU. It's an exciting slate for a team expected to take a major step forward from last season.
Here is the full non-conference schedule.
2015-16 Michigan Non-Conference Schedule:
- Nov. 6 -- Le Moyne (Exhibition)
- Nov. 13 -- Northern Michigan
- Nov. 16 -- Elon
- Nov. 20 -- Xavier
- Nov. 25 -- TBA
- Nov. 26 -- TBA
- Nov. 27 -- TBA
- Dec. 1 -- at North Carolina State
- Dec. 5 -- Houston Baptist
- Dec. 8 -- at SMU
- Dec. 12 -- Delaware State
- Dec. 15 -- Northern Kentucky
- Dec. 19 -- Youngstown State
- Dec. 23 -- Bryant University
The Wolverines will get some major challenges in non-conference play and it should start early with a matchup against Xavier in the Gavitt Tip-Off. The Musketeers have been extremely successful over the last few seasons and likely should be a nationally competitive team once again. After that, the Battle 4 Atlantis is set to be a major non-conference event as it includes Gonzaga, Syracuse, Texas, UConn, and Washington, where Michigan could add a few more quality opponents to its slate. Finally, the showdowns with NC State and SMU on the road are opportunities for huge resume wins.
The Wolverines are set for a rebound in 2015-16 thanks to the return of the vast majority of the team's roster from last season and the return of injured stars Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton, Jr. With this schedule, Michigan will have a lot of opportunities for big wins and could set themselves up nicely for conference play.