The Big Ten unveiled Nebraska’s conference schedule Wednesday. The final tally: 10 opponents who made the 2020-21 NCAA tournament, nine of which will come during conference play.
Conference play for Nebraska’s 20-game league slate begins Dec. 4 at Indiana. The home opener is set for Dec. 7 against Michigan.
NU, which went 3-16 in the league last season, plays six games against the four other Big Ten teams that finished last season with a losing record. The Huskers face Northwestern and Indiana twice and Penn State and Minnesota once.
Big Ten teams that NU plays twice this season: Indiana, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers and Iowa. That’s four of the top six teams from last year’s standings, and Rutgers won a game in the NCAA tournament.
The Huskers also play five consecutive Power Five opponents to start December. Sandwiched between their Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against N.C. State (Dec. 1) and a nonconference matchup vs. Kansas State (Dec. 19) are Big Ten games against Indiana (Dec. 4) and Michigan (Dec. 7) and the Holiday Hoopsgiving game against Auburn (Dec. 11) in Atlanta. Three of those games are on the road or at a neural site.
The Big Ten tournament will be played March 9 through 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. No game times or television information was announced for conference games yet.
Oct. 27: Peru State (exhibition)
Oct. 31: Colorado (exhibition)
Nov. 9: Western Illinois
Nov. 12: Sam Houston State
Nov. 16: Creighton (Gavitt Games)
Nov. 19: Idaho State
Nov. 21: Southern
Nov. 23: Tennessee State
Nov. 27: South Dakota
Dec. 1: at North Carolina State (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
Dec. 4: at Indiana
Dec. 7: Michigan
Dec. 11: Auburn (in Atlanta, Holiday Hoopsgiving)
Dec. 19: Kansas State
Dec. 22: Kennesaw State
Jan. 2: Ohio State
Jan. 5: at Michigan State
Jan. 8: at Rutgers
Jan. 11: Illinois
Jan. 14 at Purdue
Jan. 17: Indiana
Jan. 22: at Ohio State
Jan. 25: Wisconsin