First Six Big Ten Games against NCAA Tournament Qualifiers; 12 of 18 League Games vs. NCAA Tournament Teams
Lincoln - Nebraska will face a power-packed schedule in its first season of Big Ten basketball, as the league released the remainder of its 18-game conference schedules Wednesday afternoon. In addition, the Big Ten also set broadcast information and start times for Nebraska's home non-conference games which were announced in August.
The Huskers, who bring back four starters from a team that won 19 games and reached postseason play for the third time in four seasons, will be tested in Big Ten play with 12 games against 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, including home-and-home matchups with NCAA qualifiers Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois and Penn State. As a conference, the Big Ten was second only to the Big East in conference RPI in 2010-11 and nine of its 12 members, including the Huskers who joined on July 1, reached postseason play a year ago.
The Huskers will also receive unprecedented exposure in the 2011-12 season, as all 18 conference games will be televised nationally either on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or BTN. The Huskers will make a 15 appearances on BTN this season. BTN, which reaches more than 80 million homes across the country, will have 13 conference tilts as well as non-conference games against Oregon and Rhode Island. In addition, six additional games will be streamed live on BTN.com during the season. Currently, 27 of the 29 regular-season games have been set for broadcast with the only remaining games at USC and at Creighton.
Nebraska opens conference action with a flourish, hosting Wisconsin at the Devaney Center on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 8 p.m. in an ESPN2 national telecast before welcoming Michigan State to the Devaney Center on New Year's Eve at 2 p.m. on BTN. Those two games start a stretch of six straight games against NCAA Tournament teams, as the Huskers also travel to Ohio State (Jan. 3, BTN) and Illinois (Jan. 7, BTN) before hosting Penn State (Jan. 11, BTN) and wrapping up the stretch at Wisconsin on Jan. 15 (BTN).
Nebraska will have nine home Big Ten contests at the Devaney Center, including contests against Indiana (Jan. 18), Ohio State (Jan. 21), Minnesota (Feb. 5), Michigan (Feb. 8), Illinois (Feb. 18) and Iowa (Feb. 29). Season tickets are available for purchase for as little as $99 by calling (800) 8-BIGRED or by visiting Huskers.com.
The Huskers also makes trips to Iowa (Jan. 26), Northwestern (Feb. 2), Penn State (Feb. 11), Purdue (Feb. 22), Michigan State (Feb. 25) and Minnesota (March 3) during the 2011-12 campaign. Nebraska will play seven teams (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin) twice while Indiana (home), Michigan (home), Northwestern (away) and Purdue (away) are Nebraska's single-play opponents this season.
With the previously announced non-conference schedule, Nebraska will play 22 of its 30 scheduled games, including the Big Ten Tournament opener, against BSC level opponents. The Huskers non-conference schedule includes home matchups with Oregon and Wake Forest and a trip to USC.