The Big Ten released a compressed league basketball schedule that will feature an early start to the conference race. It is designed to accommodate an early date for the Big Ten Tournament in Madison Square Garden.
“Everybody has things they like about it,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said, “and everybody has things they don’t necessarily like about it.”
For starters, coaches recommended each team to play two conference games in early December, when students are still on campus, and refrain from scheduling any conference games between Christmas and New Year’s Day, allowing time for student-athletes to spend more time with their families.
Nebraska, in its earliest conference opener ever, will begin Big Ten play at Michigan State on Dec. 2 and host Minnesota on Dec. 4. The Huskers will resume their conference schedule on Jan. 2 at Northwestern, play Jan. 6 at Purdue and host Wisconsin on Jan. 9.
“We’re going to have be playing a lot of high-level basketball,” said Miles, whose team also plays at Creighton and hosts Kansas in December.
Beginning Feb. 10, the Huskers will play four of five games at home to conclude the regular season. The final game is Feb. 25 against Penn State, at Pinnacle Bank Arena.