Here are John Beilein and David Brandon’s comments from the Barclays Center press release:
“Playing in the new Barclays Center will truly be a great opportunity for us,” said Michigan Head Coach John Beilein. “Michigan has such a strong alumni base in New York City and surrounding areas that we could not turn down the chance to play in front of them. I have many fond memories of my time at West Virginia. Facing the Mountaineers and their tremendous coach, Bob Huggins, will give Michigan another opportunity to play against one of the very best teams in college basketball today.”
“We are excited about playing West Virginia at Barclays Center,” said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics for the University of Michigan. “We have a great group of alumni in New York and the surrounding areas. Playing in Brooklyn presents a unique opportunity for our men’s basketball program. It’s something that our current players are really looking forward to experiencing.
Tickets will go on sale in March and information is expected to be released shortly. The game will be televised on ESPN’s family of networks.
A trip to the Barclays Center would be the second trip east planned for the Wolverines next season as Michigan is also expected to participate in the NIT Season Tip Off at Madison Square Garden.