Michigan-Detroit Mercy basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (December 16, 2017)

Michigan basketball plays Detroit Mercy on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Little Caesars Arena in in downtown Detroit. Find the game time, TV channel, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below.

The Wolverines have beaten UCLA at home and Texas on the road in their last two games to improve to 9-3 heading into this game against Detroit Mercy (4-6) of the Horizon League. Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman scored a game-high 17 points and produced his first career double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds in a 59-52 win at Texas on Tuesday.

Michigan leads the all-time series with Detroit Mercy, 24-4, including a 71-62 win at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Dec. 9, 2014, in the last game played between the two programs. The Titans’ head coach is Bacari Alexander, who was an assistant coach at Michigan under John Beilein for six seasons before taking over at Detroit in 2016. This game is part of the Hitachi Basketball Showcase and will be the first college basketball game held at the new arena, which will also be a site for first- and second-round games in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Michigan-Detroit Mercy game time, details

Michigan and Detroit Mercy play at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

  • Time: 12 p.m. ET tip-off
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 16
  • Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
  • Records: Michigan (9-3); Detroit Mercy (4-6)

What TV channel will broadcast Michigan-Detroit Mercy?

The Michigan-Detroit Mercy game will be shown on ESPNU.

How can I watch  Michigan-Detroit Mercy online ?

The Michigan-Texas game can be watched online at WatchESPN.

How can I listen to  Michigan-Detroit Mercy on the radio?

The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play with analyst Terry Mills.

Michigan-Detroit Mercy preview

The Titans went 8-23 last season and have lost four in a row coming into this game as Alexander attempts to rebuild the program he once helped win a pair of NCAA first-round games. The university recently suspended Alexander for undisclosed personnel matters, an absence that cost him seven games on the bench.

Detroit Mercy hasn’t had a problem scoring; the Titans average 89.4 points per game and have five players averaging double figures, led by sophomore guard Corey Allen (18.7) and former U-M forward Kameron Chatman (17.9). Chatman played two seasons for the Wolverines before transferring to Detroit after the 2015-16 campaign. He most notably made the 3-pointer to beat top-seeded Indiana, 72-69, in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in 2016.

Michigan has found its defensive rhythm since trailing UCLA, 46-31, with 14 minutes left to play in regulation last Saturday. The Wolverines limited the Bruins to just 23 points through the end of regulation and the 5-minute overtime period, then held Texas to its lowest point total of the season in a 59-52 win. The Longhorns made just 36.5 percent of their field goal attempts and were just 5 of 20 (25 percent) shooting 3-point attempts. Michigan also out-rebounded Texas, 40-31 and allowed just 8 second-chance points and 2 points on fast breaks.

Abdur-Rahkman is averaging a team-high 35.3 minutes per game. His 40 assists this season are second on the team to sophomore guard Charles Matthews’ 41 but Abdur-Rahkman has committed just 8 turnovers. He also has 10 steals, making him one of five Wolverines to have double digits in that category through the first 12 games.

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