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Report: Michigan basketball will begin home-and-home with UCLA next season

May 9, 2016

ANN ARBOR — Michigan’s basketball program will be headed west to begin a new home-and-home this season.

CBS reported Monday night that the Wolverines have agreed to begin a home-and-home men’s basketball series with UCLA in 2016-17 — with the first trip taking place at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

UCLA, per the report, will visit the Crisler Center in 2017-18. The date has not been announced and Michigan has yet to confirm the series officially.

Michigan and UCLA have played 16 times in men’s basketball since 1959, with the Bruins holding an 11-5 lead all-time.

The last meeting between the two teams came at the 2011 Maui Invitational, when Zack Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 42 points to lead the Wolverines to a 79-63 win in the event’s third-place game.

Michigan’s last trip to Pauley came in 2006 when top-ranked UCLA — featuring a freshman Russell Westbrook off the bench — hammered the Wolverines 92-55.

The Bruins’ last trip to Crisler came the following year when Kevin Love’s 17 points and 16 rebounds paced UCLA to a 69-54 win in John Beilein’s first season as the Wolverines’ head coach.

UCLA is coming off a disappointing 15-17 season, Steve Alford’s third with the program.

The Bruins will bring in an impressive recruiting class, though, led by five-star point guard Lonzo Ball — the No. 5-ranked player nationally per 247sports. Five-star power forward T.J. Leaf is also in the team’s upcoming class — a group that ranked No. 5 nationally.

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