UM, MSU basketball playing twice in 2016-17
Michigan coach John Beilein never liked the idea of playing Michigan State just once in a season.
Well, the rivals are back to playing twice.
The Big Ten started releasing its conference schedule for 2016-17 on Monday morning, and the heated rivals will play once in East Lansing and Ann Arbor, after meeting just once this past season.
The dates and times for the games will be announced at a later date.
Michigan State beat Michigan, 89-73, in their one meeting this past season in Ann Arbor.
With the expansion of the Big Ten in recent years, there’s no guarantee MSU and UM will play multiple times in a season. There have been preliminary discussions about adding a nonconference game between the two schools in years they only play once in league play.
Michigan also will play at least one other home-and-home, with Indiana, coached by Tom Crean, the brother-in-law of UM football coach Jim Harbaugh.
Michigan will play only once against Purdue, but it’s at Crisler Center — a homecoming for Wolverines fan favorite Spike Albrecht, who will suit up for the Boilermakers for one season as a graduate transfer.
Maryland also only will visit Michigan this season.
As for Michigan State, it also will get Ohio State and Purdue twice, while playing home matchups against Iowa and Wisconsin.
MSU gets Indiana and Maryland once each, on the road.
Nonconference highlights are pretty well set for both UM (Cincinnati, UCLA, Virginia Tech, possibly SMU and/or Marquette) and MSU (Arizona, Kentucky, Duke, possibly Louisville and/or Wichita State).
Michigan 2016-17 Big Ten matchups
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin
Home: Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue
Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers
Michigan State 2016-17 Big Ten matchups
Home/Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue
Home: Iowa, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Penn State