IU opens Big Ten hoops at Nebraska

Indiana opens the Big Ten season at Nebraska on New Year's Eve and closes it at home with Michigan State on March 7. In between, the Hoosiers have an interesting slate including a total of eight games against conference teams that IU will only play once in Big Ten play.

The Indiana University Big Ten men’s basketball schedule was released Thursday night by the Big Ten Network.

In addition, AllHoosiers.com has learned through a variety of sources what the rest of the IU schedule will look like when it is released in its entirety.

Here is what we know today:

Some of Indiana’s expected non-conference opponents at Assembly Hall include SMU, Lamar, Eastern Washington, UNC Greensboro, Pittsburgh on Dec. 2 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Louisville on Dec. 9 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, Grand Canyon University, Butler at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis on Dec. 20, New Orleans and Georgetown at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 27.

In addition, IU coach Tom Crean mentioned during his remarks Wednesday at the Indianapolis tailgate stop at Lucas Oil Stadium, that IU would be playing host to former Indiana coach Mike Davis and Texas Southern in the non-conference season, too. That’s the first we have heard of that.

In Big Ten play, Indiana will open on New Year’s Eve at Nebraska and that will be the only meeting between the Hoosiers and Cornhuskers this season.

Indiana will play home-and-home Big Ten series’ against Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Maryland and Rutgers.

In addition, IU will have eight one plays in conference this season – four at home and four on the road.

The four teams that IU will play only at home in conference play are Penn State, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. An interesting note on Iowa is that the Hawkeyes are expected to be one of the favorites in the Big Ten this season and the first and only time that IU will see Iowa is March 3 in Assembly Hall in the second to last Big Ten game.

The four teams that IU will play only on the road in conference play are Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin and Northwestern.

Here is the entire Big Ten schedule for IU that was released Thursday by the conference. Times are not available for any of the games and the only TV games that have been announced are the two Super Tuesday games involving IU on ESPN (Feb. 3 at Wisconsin and March 3 versus Iowa):

Wednesday, Dec. 31 – at Nebraska

Monday, Jan. 5 – at Michigan State

Saturday, Jan. 10 – Ohio State

Tuesday, Jan. 13 – Penn State

Sunday, Jan. 18 – at Illinois

Thursday, Jan. 22 – Maryland

Sunday, Jan. 25 – at Ohio State

Wednesday, Jan. 28 – at Purdue

Saturday, Jan. 31 – Rutgers

Tuesday, Feb. 3 – at Wisconsin

Sunday, Feb. 8 – Michigan

Wednesday, Feb. 11 – at Maryland

Sunday, Feb. 15 – Minnesota

Thursday, Feb. 19 – Purdue

Sunday, Feb. 22 – at Rutgers

Wednesday, Feb. 25 – at Northwestern

Tuesday, March 3 – Iowa

Saturday, March 7 – Michigan State

March 11-15 – Big Ten Tournament at United Center, Chicago

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