Big Ten releases 2016-17 men’s basketball conference schedule
The Big Ten released the men’s basketball conference schedule on Thursday.
The league’s conference games start Dec. 27 and won’t end until a tournament champion is crowned March 12 in Washington, D.C. It will be the first time the Big Ten will hold its conference tournament in the nation’s capital.
The opening-night games:
- Illinois at Maryland
- Michigan State at Minnesota
- Northwestern at Penn State
- Rutgers at Wisconsin
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The league’s remaining teams will hit the court in the following days, with Michigan and Ohio State not starting conference play until Jan. 1. One of the scheduling quirks include no Saturday conference home games for Nebraska.
Here are just a few select games:
- Wisconsin at Purdue, Jan. 8
- Michigan State at Indiana, Jan. 21
- Michigan at Michigan State, Jan. 29
- Ohio State at Michigan, Feb. 4
- Wisconsin at Michigan State, Feb. 25 OR 26
- Indiana at Purdue, Feb. 28
Indiana won the league’s regular-season title in 2015-16, going 15-3 in conference play. But Michigan State beat Purdue to win the tournament championship.