Michigan will face UNC at the Jumpman Invitational

Michigan will face UNC at the Jumpman Invitational


Michigan men and womenS North Carolina’s basketball teams will face off at the Jumpman Invitational this December, the programs announced Thursday morning. This confirms the unofficial report of the news from late April.

The women will face the Tar Heels on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m in Charlotte at the Spectrum Center. THe boys will play at the same time on December 21. Games will be broadcast on ESPN networks.

“The event, which will be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, will see the men’s and women’s teams from the first four schools sign partnership agreements with Jordan Brand in both basketball and football: Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Oklahoma,” he said. It reads release.

The Michigan men and UNC played in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last December. The Tar Heels won convincingly, 72-51. This will be their fifth matchup in six seasons. For the women, it will represent the second meeting between the two teams and the first since 1987.

On the men’s side, UNC figures to compete for another state final next year after reaching the national championship game this April. Guards RJ Davis and Caleb Love both return for their junior seasons, and big man Armando Bacot is also in Chapel Hill. Given all that returning talent, the Tar Heels are considered one of the top teams in the country in early draft polls.

Hunter Dickinson, Armando Bacote and Terrance Williams II all Before their college careers, they played AAU ball together.

“He’s someone I admire off the court,” Dickinson said of Bacot last December. “He’s a very funny guy. And being able to play with it will be a lot of fun.

The UNC game isn’t the only non-conference game for Juwan Howard and Michigan next year. The Wolverines are also scheduled to face Kentucky as part of the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at the O2 Arena in London, England. The London show was originally planned for December 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This December’s doubleheader features Marist and Maine (10:30 am ET), followed by the Wolverines and Wildcats at 6 pm GMT (1 pm ET).

“After what’s happened to us and even the world over the last few years, it’s going to be a great opportunity for Michigan, Kentucky and college basketball itself to get a chance to showcase this game,” Juan Howard said of the London game. .

The Colts are coming off a Sweet Sixteen season. They’re returning Hunter Dickinson and received a top-10 freshman recruiting class in addition to two additions in Transfer Portal – Joey Baker (Duke) and Jaylin Llewellyn (Princeton). Those additions represent a significant turnaround, as the program must replace seven of its top 10 scorers from a year ago.

On the women’s side, UNC is making its first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2015. The Wolverines lost Naz Hillmon to the WNBA but added Greta Kampschroeder via transfer portal. Kampschroder is the program’s first McDonald’s All-American.

Tickets for the men’s and women’s games will be available to the public in late September.

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