The Michigan men’s basketball team will face North Carolina in the inaugural Jumpman Invitational this December, according to a Monday afternoon report from Jon Rothstein.
The Wolverines and Tar Heels are expected to play on Dec. 21 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, per the report. As part of the same Jumpan Invitational, Oklahoma and Florida will play Dec. 20, also in Charlotte, Rothstein reported.
Michigan and UNC played last December in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Tar Heels won convincingly, 72-51.
UNC figures to contend for another Final Four appearance next year after reaching the National Championship Game this April. Guards RJ Davis and Caleb Love are both returning for their junior seasons, and big man Armando Bacot will also return to Chapel Hill. Given all that returning talent, the Tar Heels are ranked No. 1 in CBS Sports’ latest preseason top 25.
Hunter Dickinson, Armando Bacot and Terrance Williams II all played AAU ball together prior to their college careers.
“He’s somebody who I really enjoy on and off the court,” Dickinson said of Bacot last December. “He’s a really funny guy. And so being able to play against him will be really fun.”
The UNC game isn’t the only marquee non-conference game for Michigan next year. The Wolverines are also scheduled to face Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, at the O2 Arena in London, England, as part of the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase.
The London Showcase was originally scheduled for December 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This December’s doubleheader will feature Marist vs. Maine (10:30 am ET), followed by the Wolverines and Wildcats at 6 pm GMT (1 pm ET).
“After all that has transpired over the last few years for us, and even the world, it will be a tremendous opportunity for Michigan, Kentucky and college basketball itself to get the chance to showcase this game,” said Michigan coach Juwan Howard said of the London game.
The Wolverines will be coming off a Sweet Sixteen season. They are returning Hunter Dickinson and welcoming a top-10 recruiting class this winter.
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