Report: Michigan to start home-and-home with UCLA

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan will start a home-and-home series at UCLA next season with a return game scheduled in Ann Arbor in 2017-18.

The news was first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein and has yet to be confirmed by Michigan. Dates have also yet to be announced.

The Wolverines will also play in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden, an event also featuring Pittsburgh, SMU and Marquette, and will travel to play Cincinnati on December 17th. Michigan should also host a game in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, but matchups have yet to be announced.

Find a full rundown of scheduled games on our future schedules page.

Michigan last faced UCLA in 2011 when the Wolverines knocked off the Bruins at the Maui Invitational. UCLA went 15-17 last season and just 6-12 in Pac 12 play, but welcomes the No. 5 ranked recruiting class to campus headlined by Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf.

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  • bobohle

    Two tough road games next year with the Bruins and Bearcats.

  • A2MIKE

    Dylan – How are the ACC Challenge matchups determined. Do both conference commissioners pair teams, with help from TV Execs, is it blind (as in rate your teams 1-14 and 1 plays 1), or is it based on previous results? It seems like we have played Clemson and NC State more than I care to play those teams. I would love to see North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia more often.

    • Almost positive that ESPN chooses, but I’m sure the conferences have some say. It’s definitely not ‘blind’ though, it’s made for TV.

    • Corperryale

      Based on our low finish in conference last year I assume there’s little to no chance we face UNC, Virginia, or Duke (though those would be my preferences too). A rematch with Notre Dame seems more likely. FSU could be interesting with all their talent. Pitt, Syracuse, etc would be boring (I hate watching us try to poke and prod that zone, plus if SU won it would remind us how badly the Battle/Langford situation was botched… something we’ll likely see a couple times in 2017 vs MSU).

      BTW I love the UCLA matchup. Marquee name + winnable game = good scheduling. Something the program hasn’t had enough of lately.

  • ChathaM

    Love it. One thing I was hoping for going forward was to see another home-and-home series with a high major school added to the schedule.