Michigan (6-2) will host Texas (4-3) on Tuesday night at the Crisler Center.
The Wolverines have split their last four games with home wins over Kennesaw State and Mount St. Mary’s and losses to Virginia Tech (home) and South Carolina (away). The Longhorns have lost three of their last four to Northwestern, UT-Arlington and Colorado. They beat Alabama by 9 points in their most recent game.
Texas’ defense ranks No. 252 in the country. Michigan’s defense has shut down hot-shooting teams like Marquette and SMU – holding them both under 65 points.
Tipoff is at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Here’s how to watch the game.
Michigan basketball vs. Texas game time, details
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
The line: Michigan is favored by 10 points.
Which TV channel broadcasts Michigan basketball vs. Texas?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
How can I watch Michigan basketball vs. Texas online?
How can I listen to Michigan basketball vs. Texas on the radio?
You can listen on the university’s website here. The pregame and game audio will be live on WWJ (950 AM) as well. Here is a list of radio stations where the game will be available.
Michigan basketball vs. Texas three keys
Continue the aggressiveness on defense … cautiously
Michigan is playing some of its best defense under coach John Beilein. But that aggressive defense sent Virginia Tech to the foul line 21 times last game. While most teams won’t outdo the Hokies’ 91 percent free throw shooting, giving away points from the free-throw line was a big reason the Wolverines blew their lead at home last week.
Be patient with the three
Michigan had a ton of open outside jumpers in its loss to South Carolina. The team just couldn’t knock any down – as 8 percent on 3-pointers shows. Against Texas, Michigan should have plenty of open shots. But if it takes all of them without looking for higher-percentage shots, like it did against the Gamecocks, Michigan could be in trouble.
Put D.J. Wilson on Tevin Mack
One of the Longhorns’ star players, Tevin Mack, is a 6-foot-7 guard/forward who is like the Zak Irvin of Texas. Alabama guarded him well, limiting him to just 11 points, as he averages 14 a game. Wilson has been Michigan’s best defender. If Wilson’s large frame and active hands can limit Mack’s open jumpers, then the Wolverines can contain Texas’ biggest threat.