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Michigan will take floor in Towson home opener Teams will meet Nov. 24 in hardwood court's debut


Towson State athletic director Wayne Edwards spoke recently of wanting the Towson Center to have the look and feel of a "real arena."

Installing a hardwood floor for next season is one step. Putting Michigan on it is another.

It became official yesterday: The Tigers will play Michigan in their home opener Nov. 24. Towson State also will travel to Ann Arbor for three games, the first being Nov. 30, 1998. The teams also will meet in 2000 and 2001.

"We are extremely pleased that Michigan has accepted our invitation to participate in the first game on the new floor," Edwards said. "The Wolverines' basketball program has national recognition, and their visit to Towson will generate tremendous local and regional excitement. We expect tickets for this game to sell out quickly."

Michigan will be the third former national champion to play at the Towson Center. Villanova defeated the Tigers in 1981, and Towson State upset Louisville in 1995.

Among the Wolverines expected to make the trip next year is 300-pound Robert "Tractor" Traylor, who shattered a backboard at Michigan while dunking in a Nov. 26 game against Ball State.

"I already told our facilities guy to get a couple extra ones ready," Edwards said.

Edwards also is trying to secure a home date with North Carolina in 1998. An announcement could come as early as next week.

Pub Date: 12/14/96

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