Michigan-UCLA basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online

Michigan basketball plays UCLA on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Find the game time, TV channel, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below.

The Wolverines are trying to rebound from a 71-62 loss at Ohio State last Monday, a game in which the Wolverines held a 20-point lead late in the first half only to see the Buckeyes rally and pull away with the victory. Junior forward Moe Wagner had 14 points and 9 rebounds for Michigan but after building a 43-30 lead at halftime, Michigan managed just 19 points in the second half and fell to 7-3 this season.

UCLA enters the game 7-1, with its lone loss coming against Creighton. The Bruins beat Michigan at Pauley Pavilion last season, 102-84, after the teams were tied at halftime, 50-50, and own an 11-5 overall advantage in the series.

Michigan-UCLA game time, details

Michigan and UCLA play at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 9.

  • Time: 12 p.m. ET tip-off
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 9
  • Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Records: Michigan (7-3); UCLA (7-1)

What TV channel will broadcast Michigan-UCLA?

The Michigan-UCLA game will be shown on CBS.

How can I watch  Michigan-UCLA online ?

The Michigan-UCLA game can be watched online at CBSSports.com.

How can I listen to  Michigan-UCLA 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-UCLA preview

It’s Star Wars Day at Crisler Center. U-M might not need the Force to beat a UCLA team that has lost three freshmen players from the start of the season due to suspension stemming from a shoplifting incident in China that necessitated the intervention of president Donald Trump. The most prominent of those freshmen was LiAngelo Ball, who has left the program, or rather was pulled out of the program from uber-present father Lavar Ball. So, there will be one drama-filled storyline that won’t happen at Crisler on Saturday.

Michigan has bigger concerns. The Wolverines played smart, sharp basketball on both ends of the court in the first half at Ohio State last Monday, building a 20-point lead with less than 3 minutes left before halftime. Even though the Buckeyes ended the half on a 7-0 run, there wasn’t much worry but there should have been. Michigan lost the momentum and, ultimately, the game. It was a chance to go 2-0 in the Big Ten that has gone by the wayside.

Junior forward Moe Wagner has been a model of consistency for the Wolverines, scoring in double figures each of the first 10 games while producing three double-doubles. Charles Matthews (14.1) and Duncan Robinson (10.3) are also averaging in double figures while senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman is averaging 9.8 points per game. Matthews has shown he can be a dynamic scorer and player capable of dominating a game this season, but he’s scored just 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting the past two games against Indiana and Ohio State. Matthews averaged more than 11 shots attempted in the first eight games of the season but hasn’t been as aggressive offensively the past two games. The Wolverines need that aggressiveness to resurface.

UCLA had a scheduled home game against Montana on Wednesday cancelled due to wildfires in the Los Angeles area. The Bruins have had their tribulations this season, but they’ve still won seven of their first eight games behind a talented roster that includes junior guard Aaron Holiday, who is averaging 16.5 points and 5.5 assists per game. There are four other Bruins averaging in double figures — freshman guard Kris Wilkes (13.1), freshman guard Jaylen Hands (12.9), senior 7-foot center Thomas Welsh (12.5) and redshirt sophomore guard Prince Ali (11.6) — so the Wolverines need not worry about those players no longer wearing a UCLA uniform.

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