Michigan will head to Lawrence to take on the loaded Kansas Jayhawks on December 19th. Kansas is easily one of the top three teams in the country next year on paper and a road game in Lawrence will be no easy task. Last year’s stars Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich both decided to return to school. Kansas also brings in a trio of top 35 recruits in Xavier Henry (his brother also transferred and will be eligible), Elijah Johnson, and Thomas Robinson to go along with their already talented squad.
This is the big game I was hinting at for the last few weeks. I thought it was going to be a home game but I also thought that Michigan would be playing at Duke, not hosting UConn. Personally, I love the move. There is no reason for this team to schedule a bunch of cupcakes.
To summarize, this is what Michigan’s schedule looks like right now:
- Nov 26,27, and 29th – 2009 Old Spice Classic featuring Alabama, Baylor, Creighton, Iona, Marquette, Michigan, Xavier, and Florida State
- December 9th – at Utah
- December 2nd – vs. Boston College (B10/ACC Challenge)
- December 19th – at Kansas
- Home game vs. UConn at Crisler Arena
- Likely: Oakland, EMU
That’s a pretty strong schedule when all things are considered. This schedule should probably yield 4 or 5 top 50 games in the out of conference season alone. Even with a loss, this game will have little to no negative effect on Michigan’s RPI. Hopefully there are a few less cupcakes in the 200+ RPI range because as we learned last year, those can be a killer.