Michigan basketball starts the 2017-18 season against North Florida on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Find game time, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below.
The Wolverines went 26-12 last season, including winning nine of 10 games before falling to Oregon in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. That stretch included a memorable four-day run to the Big Ten Tournament championship. Junior forward Moe Wagner and senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman return as starters from last season, with sophomore wing Charles Matthews now eligible to play after sitting out last season as a transfer from Kentucky. North Florida, which reached the Atlantic Sun conference tournament championship game last season, is playing its second game in two nights after opening the season Friday with a 98-66 loss at No. 2 Michigan State.
Michigan-North Florida game time, details
Michigan and North Florida play at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 11.
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET tipoff
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 11
- Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
How can I watch Michigan-North Florida online?
The Michigan-North Florida game will not be broadcast on TV, but will be carried as part of the Big Ten Network Plus (BTN Plus) subscription package on BTN2Go, which provides live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Michigan-North Florida on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship station WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play with analyst Terry Mills.
Michigan-North Florida preview
The Wolverines breezed past Division II Grand Valley, 82-50, in their lone exhibition game last Friday, and now embark on the regular season by hosting North Florida of the Atlantic Sun. This is the first of three games in six days for Michigan, all at home.
Michigan will take all the live action it can get as it attempts to weave a host of newcomers into a lineup that returns starters Moe Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman. Forward Duncan Robinson and point guard Zavier Simpson were reserves last season but are expected to step into starting roles along with sophomore wing Charles Matthews, who sat out last season after transferring from Kentucky. Matthews played 29 minutes, scoring 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting against Grand Valley State.
Head coach John Beilein will get a good opportunity in first week of the season to evaluate who will be able to provide what roles for the rest of the season.
Simpson started against Grand Valley State but there will be an on-going battle for the point guard spot with grad transfer Jaaron Simmons and freshman Eli Brooks also in the mix. Simpson 8.7 minutes a game last season as the backup to Derrick Walton Jr. He has the most experience in Beilein’s complex offensive system that requires constant ball and player movement. Simmons was a first-team All-MAC selection at Ohio last season. Brooks is part of a three-player recruit class along with guard Jordan Poole and power forward Isaiah Livers.
Poole played at prep powerhouse La Lumiere School in Indiana, while Livers was Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan at Kalamazoo Central.
Beilein has emphasized that he wants Michigan to be more physical this season, especially in the rebounding department. Wagner went through the NBA Draft evaluation process last spring before deciding to come back to Michigan. One of his goals this season is to become a stronger, consistent presence inside. He had 10 rebounds against Grand Valley State to go along with 10 points.
North Florida finished last season 15-19 but won a pair of road games to reach the A-Sun title game, where it lost to Florida Gulf Coast. The Ospreys are expected to start five sophomores: guards Ivan Gandia-Rosa and JT Escobar, wing Garrett Sams, and forwards Wajid Aminu and Noah Horchler. Sams averaged 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season while making 42 percent of his 3-point attempts. Aminu averaged 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
This is the first meeting between the two teams. The game is part of the Maui on the Mainland tournament, a prelude to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational that will be played in Hawaii later this month.
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