Michigan will make its debut appearance in the newly renovated Crisler Center tonight in an exhibition clash with Northern Michigan (7 p.m., BTN.com). The Wolverines should be able to top Northern Michigan, who finished last in the GLIAC North last season with a 9-17 record overall, with relative ease. Then again, last year’s Michigan squad only topped Wayne State by eight points, 47-39, in exhibition play. We’ll spare an entire preview of the Wildcats but here are six things to watch for when Michigan takes the floor this evening.
Pay close attention to the lineup combinations on the floor. We know Albrecht, Hardaway, Robinson and Morgan are in the starting line up but that doesn’t provide a dead tell on situational positions either way. Does Beilein add another wing guard or a big man to that lineup?
Jon Horford will sit the opener while recovering from a knee injury while Mitch McGary will play but may be limited. Those injuries might limit just how much two post offense we see but the game should provide a good first taste.
Bonus! How to watch?
Tonight’s game will be broadcast through the Big Ten Digital Network. The cheapest way for Michigan fans to access this content (which will broadcast Michigan’s games against Northern Michigan (ex.), Saginaw Valley St. (ex.) and Slippery Rock) is to subscribe to MGoBlueTV on a monthly basis. That package costs $9.95 and will include Michigan content only. If you are interested in watching games from other schools, the Big Ten Network sells a monthly $14.95 package. Subscriptions can be purchased here.