August 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Michigan basketball announces Legends Classic schedule; John Beilein discusses Italy tour

Coach John Beilein and the Wolverines will host two games at Crisler Center, facing Bucknell on Nov. 17 and Detroit on Nov. 20, as part of the Legends Classic. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Michigan completed the nonconference portion of its schedule, announcing Wednesday its four-game schedule for the Legends Classic tournament in November. Michigan coach John Beilein also spoke for the first time about the teamís exhibition tour of Italy later this month.

The Wolverines will host two games at Crisler Center, facing Bucknell on Nov. 17 and Detroit on Nov. 20 in the tournamentís regional round. UM automatically advances to the championship rounds at Barclays Center in New York, where it will face Oregon in the semifinals on Nov. 24.

The championship game Nov. 25 will feature the winner of the Villanova-Virginia Commonwealth semifinal. The consolation game will pit the two semifinal losing teams and will precede the title game.

As previously reported, the Wolverines will travel to Italy for a 10-day tour, Aug. 15-24., during which it will play four exhibition games.

"This trip would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors as well as the athletic department," Beilein said in a statement. "We are fortunate to have this opportunity to improve our team's growth and chemistry while still experiencing a foreign trip.

"It's a great opportunity for our young men to get a chance to learn a different culture, visit historical sites, bond as a team and play some quality completion. We learned and experienced a great deal from our Belgium trip four years ago and we look forward to having more memorable moments."

The trip will also include a visit to the U.S. Army base in Vicenza, Italy.

"The visit to the army garrison is going to be a special for us," Beilein said in the statement. "Any time we can give back, visit and speak with service men and women, it is a life-changing experience."

Michigan previously had released part of its nonconference schedule, including marquee games vs. Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 2, at Arizona on Dec. 13 and vs. SMU on Dec. 20.

Michigan's nonconference schedule

■ Aug. 17: vs. Perugia Select Team (exhibition, Rome)

■ Aug. 19: vs. Vicenza All-Stars (exhibition; Vicenza, Italy)

■ Aug. 20: vs. Oderzo All-Stars (exhibition; Vicenza, Italy)

■ Aug. 22: vs. Mantova Stings (exhibition; Poggio Rusco, Italy)

■ Nov. 10: vs. Wayne State (exhibition)

■ Nov. 15: vs. Hillsdale

■ Nov. 17: vs. Bucknell

■ Nov. 20: vs. Detroit

■ Nov. 24: vs. Oregon (at Barclays Center)

■ Nov. 25: vs. VCU or Villanova (at Barclays Center)

■ Nov. 29: vs. Nicholls State

■ Dec. 2: vs. Syracuse (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

■ Dec. 6: vs. NJIT

■ Dec. 9: vs. Eastern Michigan

■ Dec. 13: at Arizona

■ Dec. 20: vs. SMU

■ Dec. 22: vs. Coppin State

UMís Big Ten schedule has not been released, but the Wolverines will have two new foes with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland to the conference this season. Michigan will play Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Rutgers twice, with home games only against Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin and road games only versus Indiana, Maryland, Penn State and Purdue.

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