Michigan basketball is heading to a casino to start next season – MLive.com

ANN ARBOR — The first, last, and only time Michigan played George Washington in men’s basketball, the Wolverines got one step closer to a national championship appearance. Twenty-five years later, it appears the two programs will meet again with lesser stakes.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Friday that Michigan will face George Washington in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 18 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

MLive reached out to both schools to confirm but has yet to receive a response. Several weeks ago, a Michigan athletics spokesperson confirmed Michigan’s participation in the event. South Carolina and Providence are reportedly the other two teams in the field. Michigan would face one of those teams on Nov. 19.

The four-team tournament has occurred the weekend before Thanksgiving since 2011. Michigan has never participated. Texas Tech won the event, hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, last year.

Last season, George Washington finished 15-18 (7-11 in the Atlantic 10). The Colonials shared three opponents with Michigan: Florida State, Penn State, and VCU (twice). George Washington split with VCU and lost against the other teams; Michigan beat all three.

George Washington is coached by Maurice Joseph, who just finished his second season at the school. Joseph played his first two college seasons at Michigan State before transferring to Vermont.

Michigan played George Washington in the 1993 NCAA Tournament, beating the Colonials 72-64 to advance to the Elite Eight. The Wolverines would eventually reach the championship, where they lost to North Carolina.

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