Michigan to host Iowa on Thursday, Illinois March 2 in Big Ten schedule revamp

James Hawkins
The Detroit News

After days of uncertainty, Michigan received some clarity regarding the remainder of its regular-season schedule.

The Big Ten announced several scheduling updates on Friday night, including three rescheduled games involving Michigan.

The Wolverines will make up two of their five postponed games by hosting Illinois on March 2 and Michigan State on March 4. They’ll also move up their home contest against Iowa from March 4 to next Thursday.

Forward Isaiah Livers and Michigan will host Iowa next Thursday, instead of March 4, as part of a schedule change made by the Big Ten.

With the changes, Michigan is scheduled to play six games over the final two weeks of the regular season, including a stretch with four games in eight days.

The adjustments also put Michigan on track for a 17-game Big Ten slate and mean the Wolverines will close out the season by facing the Spartans twice in four days.

The Wolverines initially had to postpone four games — including road contests at Penn State and Northwestern and a home matchup against Indiana — due to the athletic department's two-week COVID-19 shutdown. The Feb. 11 contest against Illinois was also postponed as part of Michigan's return-to-play plan.

The Illinois and Iowa contests are 7 p.m. tips and will be televised on ESPN. The Michigan State game will also be broadcast on ESPN, but no tip-off time has been set.

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Michigan is in first place in the Big Ten standings at 10-1, ahead of Illinois (11-3), Ohio State (12-4) and Iowa (10-5).

Updated Michigan schedule

►Sunday: at Ohio State (1 p.m./CBS)

►Thursday: Iowa (7 p.m./ESPN)

►Feb. 27: at Indiana (12 p.m./Fox)

►March 2: Illinois (7 p.m./ESPN)

►March 4: Michigan State (TBA/ESPN)

►March 7: at Michigan State (TBA/CBS)


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