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John Beilein says Michigan has secured an additional high-major non-conference game

June 18, 2016

ANN ARBOR — Michigan might land one more marquee game on the schedule.

While serving as a speaker at Jim Harbaugh’s quarterback camp in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Beilein told reporters that the Wolverines’ non-conference schedule is essentially completed for 2016-17 and, more interestingly, an additional key non-league game will be added.

“I think you’ll see that on the schedule,” said Beilein, who added that he will not divulge any details until the agreement is finalized.

As of now, Michigan is slated to play in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden, along with Pittsburgh, SMU and Marquette. The bracket has yet to be finalized.

Additional high-major non-conference games include home game against Virginia Tech in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, and road trips to UCLA and Cincinnati.

Ideally for the Wolverines, the schedule would include an additional notable non-league home game for both strength of schedule and fan interest.

As for the U-M roster, Beilein said U-M is continuing to pursue any possible additions and noted that, while holding two open spots for next season, he would not rule out adding two bodies.

“We could, if they were the right position and the right player,” Beilein said.

Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews could fit one of those spots. After visiting Michigan last weekend, the 6-foot-6 guard is at Xavier this weekend. Matthews, who has three years of eligibility remaining, is expected to choose between the Wolverines and Musketeers.

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