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Penn State Hoops’ Big Ten Schedule Revealed

Penn State men’s basketball’s schedule got a lot clearer after the Big Ten announced its full conference slate Wednesday night.

The Nittany Lions will play 20 games against conference opponents, beginning on Sunday, December 13 with a trip to Ann Arbor to face Michigan. Unlike most years, the Big Ten will play through Christmas week, with Penn State slated to host Illinois on December 23, before playing at Indiana a week later.

Penn State will enter the new year with a bang, hosting Wisconsin (January 3), visiting Ohio State (January 6), and then the return match against Michigan (January 9). On Tuesday, January 12, the Nittany Lions will stay home when they welcome familiar foe Rutgers to the Bryce Jordan Center. Last time Rutgers came to Happy Valley, Myles Dread was the hero when he scored a game-winner.

Jim Ferry’s squad will then take a two-game road trip. Penn State will head to Mackey Pavilion on Sunday, January 17 to play Purdue, before facing off against Ayo Dosunmu and Illinois in Champaign the following Wednesday.

Penn State will enter what should be an easier few contests, although even the Big Ten’s lower tier has proven to be formidable. The Bryce Jordan Center will be the venue on January 23 when the Nittany Lions play Northwestern, before they once again hitting the road to play Nebraska (January 30) and Wisconsin (February 2).

One of the most intriguing fixtures on Penn State’s schedule will be the home contest against Maryland, which will be game 13 of 20 in the conference slate. Penn State fans may not be in attendance to watch the Nittany Lions take on the Terrapins, but they will fondly remember storming the court last December in the Big Ten opener. The game is set for either Friday, February 5, or Saturday, February 6.

Penn State will try to replicate last season’s triumph in East Lansing on February 9 when Michigan State welcomes the Nittany Lions to town. Although it may be tough to grab a win up north, Penn State will head back to the comfortable confines of the Bryce Jordan Center for a home stint against Nebraska (February 14) and Ohio State (February 18).

With March looming, Penn State will play in one of the toughest environments in college basketball on February 21, when Ferry’s squad will go up against Naismith contender Luka Garza and Iowa. The Nittany Lions will then return home to face Purdue on either February 26 or 27.

Penn State’s senior night will be on Wednesday, March 3 against Minnesota. It will cap off the regular season in an intriguing trip to Maryland on February 7.

Following the regular season, Penn State will compete in the Big Ten tournament, which will take place from March 10 through 14. As of now, the broadcast information remains unknown for each conference game.

Here is Penn State’s full Big Ten schedule:

  • Dec 13: @ Michigan
  • Dec 23: vs Illinois
  • Dec 30: @ Indiana
  • Jan 3: vs Wisconsin
  • Jan 6: @ Ohio State
  • Jan 9: vs Michigan
  • Jan 12: vs Rutgers
  • Jan 17: @ Purdue
  • Jan 20: @ Illinois
  • Jan 23: vs Northwestern
  • Jan 30: @ Nebraska
  • Feb 2: @ Wisconsin
  • Feb 5 or 6: vs Maryland
  • Feb 9: @ Michigan State
  • Feb 14: vs Nebraska
  • Feb 18: vs Ohio State
  • Feb 21: @ Iowa
  • Feb 26 or 27: vs Purdue
  • March 3: vs Minnesota
  • March 7: @ Maryland
  • March 10-14: Big Ten Tournament

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Otis Lyons

Otis is a sophomore majoring in print journalism and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He lives just north of San Francisco, and is a diehard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Feel free to send over your soccer hot takes to his twitter @otisnlyons1 and instagram @otislyons

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