3 takeaways from Michigan basketball's 2019-20 schedule
Freep.com - Sat 24 Aug 03:58 GMT

From an early glance, Juwan Howard's first season as head coach of Michigan basketball has plenty of difficult games and tough stretches.

  And from an early glance, Juwan Howard's first season as head coach has plenty of difficult games and tough stretches.

  Early December looks difficult Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis defends against Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp during second half action of the Big Ten tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press) Over the past couple seasons, Michigan's conference schedule began with a pair of games — one home, one away — in early December.

  U-M plays at Louisville on Dec. 3 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge; then it faces Oregon on Dec. 14 following the first two conference games.

  More: Michigan basketball's conference schedule finalized: When they'll play MSU January is a bear, too Michigan State guard Cassius Winston blocks a shot by Michigan guard Zavier Simpson during first half action of the Big Ten Tournament Championship Sunday, March17, 2019 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press) After the aforementioned four-game stretch in early December, Michigan gets a brief reprieve, finishing up its non-conference schedule with home games against Presbyterian College on Dec. 21 and UMass Lowell on Dec. 29.

  The Wolverines start the new year with a game at Michigan State on Jan. 5 — much earlier than last season's first game between the two rivals, which took place in late February.

  More: Here is when Michigan State-Michigan basketball meet in Big Ten play this season Lots of traveling at end of season Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Michigan will hit the road plenty of times at the end of the regular season.

  U-M will play nine of its 20 conference games against the top-5 Big Ten teams in Torvik's preseason projections: No. 2 Michigan State, No. 7 Purdue, No. 8 Maryland, No. 16 Illinois and No. 17 Ohio State.