Report: Michigan basketball will start home-and-home series with Texas this season
Michigan basketball has been no stranger to tough nonconference schedules or specifically to Texas, having met two of the last three years.
Now, the Wolverines will engage with the Longhorns in a home-and-home series starting in Ann Arbor this season and returning to Austin in 2017-2018, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported on Twitter.
Texas and Michigan will start a home-and-home series next season in Ann Arbor, sources told @CBSSports. Return game in Austin in 17-18.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 19, 2016
Michigan’s upcoming nonconference slate now features a collection of Power Five schools, from Texas and Virginia Tech at home to UCLA and Cincinnati on the road to Marquette and either Pittsburgh or SMU at a neutral site.
Michigan has played Texas five times and leads that series 3-2. The Wolverines won last year’s matchup 78-72 at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. They also knocked off the Longhorns by a 79-65 final in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Texas went 20-13 in Shaka Smart’s first season as coach after taking the job from VCU. The Longhorns were 11-7 in the Big 12 Conference and earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament before they were upset by Northern Iowa.
Michigan was 23-13, including 10-8 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines won a First Four game over Tulsa before they were bounced by Notre Dame in the tournament’s second round.