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Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 3:36 p.m.

Report: Michigan basketball to start series with Arizona in 2013-14

By Nick Baumgardner

It appears the Michigan basketball program has its first opponent in the new Big Ten-Pac-12 scheduling alliance.

The Arizona Daily Star reported Tuesday that Michigan and the University of Arizona will begin a two-year, home-and-home basketball series beginning in 2013-14.

Michigan has not yet confirmed the report.


The Michigan basketball team will reportedly play a home-and-away series with Arizona starting in 2013-14. Shown is the Wildcats' Kyle Fogg, right, and Jordin Mayes.

Associated Press

According to the newspaper, the Wolverines and Wildcats will meet in Ann Arbor during the 2013-14 season and conclude the pact in Tucson, Ariz. in 2014-15.

In December, both the Big Ten and the Pac-12 announced a scheduling alliance aimed at broadening the reach of both leagues nationally. The pact requires participating athletic programs from both leagues, basketball included, to engage in non-conference series with one another for the foreseeable future.

Michigan and Arizona have played eight times, with six of those games coming on a neutral floor and the other two being played at Arizona.

The Wolverines' only wins over the Wildcats came during a road game in 1957 and a neutral-floor game at The Palace of Auburn Hills in 1996, a game Michigan ultimately forfeited due to sanctions.

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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Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 2:17 a.m.

YES! I can actually go to the game in Tucson. I would rather UM play ASU since I live in the Phoenix area, but UA is the next best thing. On a side note, MSU is coming to Phx this week and...I'm not going.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 1:14 a.m.

A chance to see Ol' Richrod again!


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 12:48 p.m.

Exactly! If they don't fire him first.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 8:54 p.m.

Just saw it. The University of Arizona, sorry, but I just couldn't resist.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 8:53 p.m.

Being, that this story is from "Hoke" land, can we get clarification? Is it Arizona (as in, University of Arizona) or Arizona state? Thank you, and God Bless......LOL