The Big Ten released its conference college basketball schedule on Wednesday and the Buckeyes will travel to Wisconsin to play the Badgers in Chris Holtmann's Big Ten opener.
October 6 at Ohio State, 3 p.m. Penn State will meet up with the Wildcats for the first time since the 2015 season when it picked a 3-0 victory on the road.
A season ago, Minnesota had its toughest stretch to begin Big Ten play, with four of the first six games on the road. "The nonconference schedule includes a number of challenging opponents, and of course, any conference game features a solid, well-coached opponent".
The Big Ten revealed Wednesday the 2017-18 schedule, which was condensed by one week because the conference tournament in NY is earlier than usual: February 28 through March 4.
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The Badgers, who finished 3-13 in the Big Ten and 9-22 overall in their first season under coach Jonathan Tsipis, will open non-conference play on November 11 against Charlotte at the Kohl Center. They will host Illinois, Michigan State and Rutgers for one game each and their only matchup with Ohio State is at Madison Square Garden on January 20, a contest that will count as a home game for Minnesota. The Hawkeyes play at home in their regular season finale for the seventh time in eight years under McCaffery.
For Nebraska, that means contests two days apart against the two teams that may be the conference favorites. Iowa also released its full men's schedule, including non-conference games. One change that was announced in advance was the addition of two conference games in early December.
After that, three of the Gophers' next four games will be against NCAA tournament teams from a year ago.