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Men’s Hoops Conference Schedule Released

Penn State men’s basketball’s in conference schedule was announced earlier today, featuring seven games that are scheduled to air on the ESPN family of networks.

The team’s Big Ten schedule starts in the biggest way possible on New Years Eve against the preseason #3 team in the country, Michigan State. The game will tip off at 5 p.m., and it marks the first time in five years that Penn State will start its conference season at home. Of course, the last time a top-5 team made their way to the Bryce Jordan Center, the Nittany Lions knocked off 4th ranked Michigan.

The team will then hit the road and take on Illinois on January 4 before returning home to play Minnesota on January 8. The Lions will then start a brutal stretch of games, starting with a game at the BJC against defending Big Ten champions Indiana on January 11th, followed by trips to Michigan and Purdue on the 14th and 18th, respectively  The game against Purdue is the Nittany Lions’ first game on the ESPN family of networks.

The rough stretch of games ends after a game against Nebraska on January 23, when Penn State travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State on the 29th. After that, the Nittany Lions will host Purdue on February 2, travel to East Lansing for a rematch against Michigan State on the 6th, and host Illinois on the 9th.

Penn State closes out their regular season with a trip to Indiana on the 12th, a home game against Iowa on the 15th, a trip to Nebraska on the 20th, two home games against Ohio State on the 27th and Wisconsin on March 2, and two road games — against Northwestern on March 6, and against Minnesota on March 8.

The Nittany Lions will end their Big Ten season with the Big Ten Tournament, which will be played in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana from March 13-16.

The team’s full non-conference schedule, headlined by the team’s return to Rec Hall and the Barclays Center Classic, has been known for about a month. Their non-conference schedule wraps up on December 22.

The full conference schedule can be found below:

Tue., Dec. 31 vs. Michigan State * University Park, Pa. 5:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Jan. 4 at Illinois * Champaign, Ill. 2:15 p.m. ET
Wed., Jan. 8 vs. Minnesota * University Park, Pa. 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Jan. 11 vs. Indiana * University Park, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
Tue., Jan. 14 at Michigan * Ann Arbor, Mich. 8:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Jan. 18 at Purdue *  TV West Lafayette, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
Thu., Jan. 23 vs. Nebraska *  TV University Park, Pa. 8:00 p.m. ET
Wed., Jan. 29 at Ohio State * Columbus, Ohio 7:00 p.m. ET
Sun., Feb. 2 vs. Purdue * University Park, Pa. 11:30 a.m. ET
Thu., Feb. 6 at Michigan State *  TV East Lansing, Mich. 9:00 p.m. ET
Sun., Feb. 9 vs. Illinois * University Park, Pa. 4:15 p.m. ET
Wed., Feb. 12 at Indiana * Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Feb. 15 vs. Iowa *  TV University Park, Pa. 1:00 p.m. ET
Thu., Feb. 20 at Nebraska *  TV Lincoln, Neb. 7:00 p.m. ET
Thu., Feb. 27 vs. Ohio State  TV University Park, Pa. 7:00 p.m. ET
Sun., Mar. 2 vs. Wisconsin University Park, Pa. TBA
Thu., Mar. 6 at Northwestern *  TV Evanston, Ill. 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Mar. 8 at Minnesota * Minneapolis, Minn. 8:30 p.m. ET

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