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Oakland hoops reschedules games with UM (Nov. 29) and MSU (Dec. 13)

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Slowly but surely, the college basketball schedule is coming together.

Oakland men's basketball has salvaged its game at Michigan, with the contract finalized Friday for the game to be played Sunday, Nov. 29, at Crisler Center.

Juwan Howard

The teams were supposed to played Dec. 21, but the Horizon League moved its conference schedule up just before that, and the Horizon League isn't allowing teams to play nonconference games once the conference schedule begins for healthy and safety reasons amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For Oakland and Michigan, this will be their first meeting since 2011. The series was put on hiatus early in Michigan coach John Beilein's tenure. Juwan Howard has resurrected it. Michigan leads all-time, 7-1.

Oakland's schedule also includes its annual game with Michigan State, in East Lansing, which has been rescheduled for Dec. 13. That will wrap up its condensed, seven-game nonconference schedule ahead of Horizon League play, which starts Dec. 19. The Golden Grizzlies also will play Dec. 1 at Purdue and Dec. 5 at Oklahoma State, as well as in a multi-team tournament (MTE) to start the season at Xavier that also includes Toledo and Bradley. Oakland and Xavier are scheduled to play the first game of the college basketball season, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, on national television. Oakland lost its game against Ohio State.

The only other games known on Michigan's schedule are at home against Central Florida on Dec. 6, and at home against North Carolina State on Dec. 9, as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Other known Michigan State games, so far, are against Notre Dame, Duke, Western Michigan and Virginia.

The Big Ten has yet to announce its conference schedule.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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