Over winter break, the Michigan men’s basketball team will
play six games that will set the stage for its Big Ten schedule. A
loss could hinder Michigan’s case to go dancing in March.
Dec. 13 vs. Bowling Green, 2 p.m.
Some publications picked the Falcons to win the MAC in the
preseason, but Bowling Green has started out 2-3 and lost to
Northwestern by 17 points on Saturday. If you think that’s
bad, Bowling Green also lost to Buffalo and Bradley. Ronald Lewis,
Kevin Netter and Josh Reimold will try to get the Falcons back on
Dec. 20 vs. Central Michigan, 2 p.m.
Central Michigan stunned Notre Dame last weekend with a 69-68
victory. But that was just its second win of the season, as things
have changed in Mount Pleasant since Chris Kaman left for the NBA.
The Chippewas finished last at the Maui Invitational, and are
trying to recover from losing three other starters besides
Dec. 22 vs. Delaware State, 7 p.m.
The Hornets are 1-4 so far this season and will have to travel
to Crisler to face the Wolverines. Delaware State does not have a
player averaging in double figures in scoring through five games,
but has accomplished two straight winning seasons.
Dec. 27 vs. UCLA, 5 p.m. (CBS)
Michigan’s matchup with the Bruins should be its toughest
game of the winter break. UCLA (2-1) played Kentucky tough in its
52-50 loss to the Wildcats on Saturday. Led by junior Dijon
Thompson, the Bruins will look to avenge last year’s 81-76
loss at Pauley Pavilion to a then 5-6 Michigan team.
Dec. 30 vs. Boston University, 7 p.m.
The Terriers (3-3) dropped their first three games before
winning three in a row. Last night’s 86-42 win over Harvard
showed that Boston isn’t afraid to launch from downtown
— 25 of the team’s 60 shots came from behind the arc.
Michigan’s perimeter defense will have to stop the
Terriers’ three-point assualt.
Jan. 3 vs. Fairfield, 4 p.m. (at Madison Square
Michigan will head to New York for its last game over break.
Fairfield (4-1) has just two players taller than 6-foot-7 on this
year’s roster, so Michigan’s frontcourt should be able
to have its way with the Stags inside.