Michigan announces 2015-16 non-conference schedule

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan formally announced its 2015-16 non-conference schedule this morning.

The non-conference schedule is highlighted by a trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament which also features Gonzaga, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, UConn, Washington and Charlotte. The Wolverines will also host Xavier as part of the inaugural Gavitt Games and travel to face North Carolina State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

John Beilein will also face off against his son, Patrick Beilein, in a November 6th exhibition contest, in his first game as a college head coach at Le Moyne. Michigan’s final high profile non-conference game will be the second leg of a home-and-home series against Larry Brown and SMU as the Wolverines will head to Dallas in early December.

Find the full non-conference schedule after the jump. 

  • Fri., Nov. 6 vs. Le Moyne ex
  • Fri., Nov. 13 vs. Northern Michigan
  • Mon., Nov. 16 vs. Elon (Battle 4 Atlantis, Mainland Game)
  • Fri., Nov. 20 vs. Xavier (Gavitt Games)
  • Battle 4 Atlantis (Wed. Nov. 25-Fri. Nov. 27)
    • Featuring Syracuse, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Texas, Washington, Texas A&M and Charlotte
  • Tue., Dec. 1 at North Carolina State – Raleigh, N.C. (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
  • Sat., Dec. 5 vs. Houston Baptist
  • Tue., Dec. 8 at SMU – Dallas, Texas (Moody Coliseum)
  • Sat., Dec. 12 vs. Delaware State
  • Tue., Dec. 15 vs. Northern Kentucky
  • Sat., Dec. 19 vs. Youngstown State
  • Wed., Dec. 23 vs. Bryant University
  • U-M has 3 games vs KenPom Top 35 teams, 3 games in Atlantis and 7 gms vs KenPom avg 256 (or D2).

  • Fab 5 Legends

    Xavier, NC State, SMU will be good tests early on – not to mention Battle 4 Atlantis tournament – heres hoping those other games are easy W’s but we know what happened last year – i like the schedule, this team should be ready after last year let-down in the non-conference schedule

  • Indiana_Matt

    Xavier has some good players coming back. Texas A&M has a highly ranked incoming freshman class. Some good challenges for us. Can’t wait for the season.

  • JVS

    For those interested (b/c I was), the B4A bracket was announced on 8/5 last year.

    Lots of chatter on social media about how this is too dangerous of a schedule / he schedules too many 200+ teams. I can’t argue with the 200+ point, but generally don’t think you learn a ton beating a 175 team vs a 225 team, and overall want tough competition as a benchmark. Not here to win an RPI battle; here to learn/grow and be ready for March a la 2013-14.

    • Guarantee games are hard to avoid… Just have to hope a couple of those teams turn out better than expected.

  • Steve2081

    Xavier will be a great measuring stick heading into Atlantis.

  • Cory

    Looks like 14-0, maybe 13-1. Go Blue!

  • Wayman Britt

    I’ll admit I had to look up Elon, can’t say if I ever heard of that college before.

    Interesting how Xaveir and UM have recruited a lot of the same players. If you go down their roster, you see many names that Beilein was looking at and you can add Goodin to the list.

  • bobohle

    Hope lessons were learned from last years NJIT and EMU games. We can’t afford slip ups in the guarantee games.