Forrest to the basket

Appalachian State guard Justin Forrest drives to the basket against Coastal Carolina’s Tommy Burton (33) and DaVante Jones (3) in a 2019 game. Forrest leads the Mountaineers into a Nov. 5 game at Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Appalachian State pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football history when the Mountaineers knocked off Michigan 34-32 in 2007.

Twelve years later, Appalachian State’s men’s basketball team gets a chance to beat the Wolverines in a Nov. 5 clash at Michigan’s Crisler Center. Michigan announced its basketball schedule July 10.

“We are excited to open our season against such a historic and elite program like Michigan,” Appalachian State coach Dustin Kerns said in a statement. “These are games we want to be a part of. We want to play national programs that will help raise the profile and brand of Appalachian State University and our basketball program.”

Appalachian State has not announced its schedule, but its game with Michigan is the Wolverines’ first game of the season. Michigan plays 11 non-conference games.

“We have put together a very challenging and balanced non-conference schedule,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said in a statement “These 11 games gives us not only 11 opportunities to grow and get better as team, but it also helps to face several high-caliber opponents prior getting into the Big Ten schedule. I am looking forward to seeing how we progress.”

No television network was announced.

Appalachian State goes into the 2019-20 with a new coach. Dustin Kerns takes over the Mountaineers after former coach Jim Fox was fired after the 2018-19 season.

App State loses its leading scorer in guard Ronshad Shabazz, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers’ summer league team. Small forward Tyrell Johnson recently signed to play with a team in the United Kingdom, but the Mountaineers return several players from last season’s team, which was 11-21 overall, 6-12 in the Sun Belt Conference. Guard Justin Forrest, who started in 29 of the 30 games he played last season, returns after averaging 16.2 points per game.

Isaac Johnson also returns with a scoring average of 10.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

The Mountaineers’ football team stunned the sports world with its 2007 upset win over Michigan, which was ranked fifth in the country in the Associated Press poll and returned several players who returned to make a run at a national championship.

Michigan avenged its loss with a 52-14 rout of the Mountaineers in 2014. Kerns said he would be in touch with former App State head coach Jerry Moore about the upcoming game.

“We want to recruit guys who want to play on stages like this one,” Kerns said. “I will spend some time with Jerry Moore and pick his brain.”

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