Wolverines to see Ducks, maybe Villanova, VCU in Brooklyn

Wolverines to see Ducks, maybe Villanova, VCU in Brooklyn
August 6, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The Wolverines have plenty of intriguing matchups on the non-conference schedule this season, and things will get started with the Oregon Ducks.

Michigan takes on Oregon on Nov. 24 in the opening game of the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The next night could bring a showdown with either Villanova or VCU.

It's a field of four NCAA tournament teams from a season ago, including three who at least made it to the Round of 32.

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It could also make for two big-time early season wins for a group of Wolverines coming off back-to-back deep tourney runs. Michigan was the national runner-up in 2013 and weathered the loss of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to make it all the way to the Elite Eight this spring, falling only thanks to a miracle shot by eventual title-game participant Kentucky.

This season, the Wolverines will again have to deal with a mass exodus of star power out of Ann Arbor, as Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary all departed for the NBA.

But wins against these opponents in Brooklyn and elsewhere on a strong non-conference schedule — which also features Syracuse and Arizona — could establish the Wolverines as a Big Ten power for the third year in a row.