UCLA-UM home-and-home hoops series is on

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

It's official.

UCLA and Michigan will kick off a home-and-home series in basketball this season, with the Bruins hosting the first meeting at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 10.

The Wolverines will host the meeting in 2017 at Crisler Center, and it'll be in December.

John Beilein and the Wolverines will play UCLA on Dec. 10 at the Pauley Pavilion.

An exact date for UCLA's return trip hasn't been set.

UCLA announced the deal Friday afternoon.

"We’re excited to add another big-time home-and-home series to our schedule, this time with Big Ten power Michigan,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “I have the utmost respect for Coach (John) Beilein and what he’s been able to accomplish not just in his nine seasons with the Wolverines, but throughout his 38 years as a collegiate head coach. This will be a fantastic matchup for college basketball fans, given the opportunity to watch a pair of tradition-rich programs from two marquee conferences battle it out before league play.

"I know our players are already looking forward to the challenge.”

The teams have played 16 times before, with UCLA holding the edge, 11-5, including 3-1 at Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA and Michigan last met in the 2011 Maui Invitational, with UM winning, 79-63, in a consolation game.

The Bruins missed the NCAA Tournament this past season for just the second time since 2004, while the Wolverines suffered a first-round loss to Notre Dame.

UCLA and Cincinnati are the only set games on Michigan's basketball schedule for 2016-17. The Wolverines also will play in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden, and are expected to host a team in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

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