Caris LeVert and the Wolverines add Maryland and Rutgers to their Big Ten schedule. (Steve Perez / The Detroit News)
For the first time since 1986, Michigan enters a season as the Big Tenís outright defending champion.
The Wolverines open the conference schedule on Dec. 30, hosting Illinois, as the Big Ten schedule was released Thursday.
With Rutgers and Maryland joining the conference this season, the schedule expands to eight single-play games (four home and four away) and five home-and-home matchups within the conference.
UM gets its first conference matchup at Rutgers on Jan 20 and travels to Maryland on Feb. 28.
The two marquee matchups against rival Michigan State are Feb. 1 (at MSU) and Feb. 17 (at Crisler Center).
The nonconference schedule had been released previously and includes games Oregon in the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in New York on Nov. 24. If UM wins, it could face either VCU or Villanova in the championship game.
Michigan faces Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 2.
Michigan men's basketball schedule
Nov. 10 vs. Wayne State (exhibition)
Nov. 15 vs. Hillsdale College
Nov. 17 vs. Bucknell (Legends Classic)
Nov. 20 vs. Detroit (Legends Classic)
Nov. 24 vs. Oregon (Legends Classic, Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Nov. 25 vs. VCU or Villanova (Legends Classic, Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Nov. 29 vs. Nicholls State
Dec. 2 vs. Syracuse (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
Dec. 6 vs. NJIT
Dec. 9 vs. Eastern Michigan
Dec. 13 at Arizona
Dec. 20 vs. SMU
Dec. 22 vs. Coppin State
Dec. 30 vs. Illinois
Jan. 3 at Purdue
Jan. 6 at Penn State
Jan. 10 vs. Minnesota
Jan. 13 at Ohio State
Jan. 17 vs. Northwestern
Jan. 20 at Rutgers
Jan. 24 vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 27 vs. Nebraska
Feb. 1 at Michigan State
Feb. 5 vs. Iowa
Feb. 8 at Indiana
Feb. 12 at Illinois
Feb. 17 vs. Michigan State
Feb. 22 vs. Ohio State
Feb. 28 at Maryland
March 3 at Northwestern
March 7 vs. Rutgers
March 11-15 at Big Ten Tournament (Chicago)