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Posted on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 12:30 p.m.

Michigan basketball's home date with N.C. State ranks high on list of non-conference games in 2012-13

By Nick Baumgardner

Crisler Center will play host to one of the most anticipated non-conference tilts in America next season, according to one national writer.'s Jeff Goodman ranked the top non-conference college basketball battles for 2012-13 on Tuesday, and listed Michigan's Nov. 27 home date with North Carolina State at No. 12 on the list.

Michigan and N.C. State will square off in next season's ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In an early look at preseason rankings for 2012-13 in April, CBS rated Michigan at No. 5 overall and N.C. State at No. 15.

In ESPN's early preseason rankings, the Wolverines sat at No. 5, while the Wolfpack were pegged at No. 6.

Michigan's Dec. 15 game against West Virginia, John Beilein's old club, also made Goodman's list at No. 37. The Wolverines and Mountaineers will play the game at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The most anticipated non-conference Big Ten game to watch, in Goodman's eyes, will be North Carolina at Indiana -- which is also played on Nov. 27.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Sun, Jun 17, 2012 : 5:40 p.m.

This game will be interesting for a lot of reasons, one of which is how will the two heralded recruiting classes fare against one another. NC State has three McDonald All-Americas. Michigan has McGary and Robinson Jr.

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 4:57 p.m.

Dear Mr Brandon, Since your arena is considerably smaller than ours would please move the game to The Palace or Ford field? Sincerely, North Carolina State.


Thu, Jun 14, 2012 : 2:27 a.m.

Or maybe that was suggested by UCon's football coach.