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November 16, 2012The Michigan basketball team has travelled far and wide in recent years, for team-building trips and big-name preseason tournaments - and that trend will continue next season.
The Wolverines will play in the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The tournament, which began in 2007, has attracted some of the biggest names in college basketball over the years, including N.C. State. Oklahoma State, Purdue, North Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana and others.
According to a press release from Virginia Commonwealth University, Michigan join a field that includes the Rams, Auburn, Charlotte, Florida State, Georgetown, Kansas State and Long Beach State.
The press release states that the tournament "will feature a bracket format with 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a game on the final day of competition."
The exact dates of the tournament are not yet known, but it generally takes place in mid-to-late November, sometime before Thanksgiving.
Last season, the Wolverines traveled to Hawaii to participate in the Maui Invitational Tournament. They beat Memphis in the quarterfinals, lost to Duke in the semifinals and torched UCLA, 79-63, to take third place.
In the summer leading up to the 2010-11 season, Michigan coach John Beilein took his team on a European basketball tour, playing several semiprofessional teams.
The Wolverines are currently in the throes of the Preseason NIT Tournament. They defeated IUPUI, 91-54, and Cleveland State, 77-47, in Crisler Arena to advance to the four-team tournament in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Michigan will face Pittsburgh Wednesday at 9:30 for a chance to play either Kansas State or Delaware in the championship game.
This year's Puerto Rico Tip-Off is currently underway. Today, N.C. State will face Massachusetts (5:00 p.m.) and Oklahoma State will play Tennessee (10:30 a.m.) for a chance to play in Sunday's championship game.