Michigan basketball schedule: What we know about Wolverines' 2021-22 slate

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On Wednesday, the Big Ten unveiled the 2021-22 basketball conference schedule and once again, the Michigan Wolverines are tasked with taking on the best the league has to offer as they defend their regular season conference title.

Michigan will have two games against rival Michigan State, Ohio State along with two against 2021 NCAA tourney entrants, Illinois and Purdue.

The conference schedule opens up with two December matchups, the conference opener at Nebraska on Dec. 7 and the final one in the calendar year at home vs. Minnesota on Dec. 11.

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Michigan guard Eli Brooks goes up for a layup during the first half of an Elite Eight game in the NCAA tournament on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Indianapolis.
Michigan guard Eli Brooks goes up for a layup during the first half of an Elite Eight game in the NCAA tournament on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Indianapolis.

To open up 2022, the Wolverines travel to Rutgers on Jan. 4 before a four-game gauntlet vs. Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State and Maryland. Three of those four games are at home in Ann Arbor, the only on the road is at Illinois on Jan. 14.

The Wolverines close out the conference schedule with three of their last four at home before going on the road to face Ohio State on Mar. March 6.

Below is Michigan's full 2021-22 men's basketball schedule:

Nov. 5: Wayne State (in Detroit)

Nov. 10: vs. Buffalo

Nov. 13: vs. Prairie View A&M (in Washington, D.C.)

Nov. 16: vs. Seton Hall (Gavitt Tipoff Games)

Nov. 19: vs. UNLV (Roman Main Even in Las Vegas, NV)

Nov. 21: vs. Arizona/Wichita State (Roman Main Even in Las Vegas, NV)

Nov. 24: vs. Tarleton State

Dec. 1: at North Carolina (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

Dec. 4: vs. San Diego State

Dec. 7: at Nebraska

Dec. 11: vs. Minnesota

Dec. 18: vs. Southern Utah

Dec. 21: vs. Purdue-Fort Wayne

Dec. 30: at Central Florida

Jan. 4: at Rutgers

Jan. 8: vs. Michigan State

Jan. 11: vs. Purdue

Jan. 14: at Illinois

Jan. 18: vs. Maryland

Jan. 23: at Indiana

Jan. 26: vs. Northwestern

Jan. 29: at Michigan State

Feb. 1: vs. Nebraska

Feb. 5: at Purdue

Feb. 8: at Penn State

Feb. 12: vs. Ohio State

Feb. 17: at Iowa

Feb. 20: at Wisconsin

Feb. 23: vs. Rutgers

Feb. 27: vs. Illinois

Mar. 3: Iowa

Mar. 6: at Ohio State

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