Michigan basketball to have free, open practice Nov. 5

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

It's not Midnight Madness, but Michigan basketball fans will have a chance to see the Wolverines up close before the season starts.

UM will hold a one-hour open practice on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Crisler Center starting at 6 p.m. The session is free and is open to the public.

"We feel it is always important for us to engage with our fan base, especially with the Maize Rage section," coach John Beilein said. "They have been so vital over the last few years creating an amazing environment at Crisler. With the season just around the corner, we wanted to open a practice and allow everyone a chance to get a glimpse of this team as they work hard to get ready for the 2014-15 season."

Following the practice, UM coaches and players will be available for photos from 7-8 p.m. (no autographs during this time).

Fans can enter the Crisler Center through the northeast entrance beginning at 5:30 p.m.; Maize Rage student-section members should enter through the student entrance.

The Wolverines, the defending Big Ten champions, have seven freshmen on the squad after losing Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary to the NBA. Michigan is ranked in the top 25 in several preseason polls and is expected to finish in the top five in the Big Ten.

The exhibition opener is Nov. 10 against Wayne State; the season opener is Nov. 15 vs. Hillsdale.