Big Ten releases conference schedule; IU starts with 3 at home

For the first time since the 2010-11 season, Indiana will open the Big Ten season at Assembly Hall.

The Big Ten released its men’s basketball conference schedule on Thursday and Indiana is due for a prolonged stay at home to begin league play.

IU has not had a three-game conference homestand to start league play since the 1933-34 season. That changes this season.

The Hoosiers begin their conference title defense on Dec. 28 against Nebraska. After a brief visit to Indianapolis to play Louisville on Dec. 31, IU returns to Assembly Hall on Jan. 3 against Wisconsin. Mark your calendars for that one — a matchup between two of the league’s title favorites for 2017.

IU’s homestand closes on Jan. 7 against Illinois. The Hoosiers first Big Ten road trip is to Maryland on Jan. 10.

With the frontloaded home schedule, IU will close the season with four of its final five games of the regular season on the road. The Hoosiers will be the first team since Northwestern in 2009 to close the league schedule with that kind of stretch.

It begins with a trip to Minnesota on Feb. 15, followed by a visit to Iowa on Feb. 21.

IU will host Senior Day at Assembly Hall against Northwestern on either Feb. 25 or 26. The Hoosiers will wrap the regular season with games at Purdue (Feb. 28) and Ohio State (March 4).

IU and Purdue played only once last season, but will be back on a two-play rotation in 2017. The Boilermakers open the series with a visit to Assembly Hall on Feb. 9.

Indiana makes a return trip to Wisconsin on Feb. 5.

The Big Ten will stage its annual conference tournament in Washington D.C. for the first time this season

Dates, times and a full television schedule will be announced at a later date, as will IU’s full slate of non-conference opponents.

For the full conferece schedule in list form, follow along after the jump.

Dec. 28: Nebraska at Indiana
Jan. 3: Wisconsin at Indiana
Jan. 7: Illinois at Indiana
Jan. 10: Indiana at Maryland
Jan. 15: Rutgers at Indiana
Jan. 18: Indiana at Penn State
Jan. 21: Michigan State at Indiana
Jan. 26: Indiana at Michigan
Jan. 29: Indiana at Northwestern
Feb. 1: Penn State at Indiana
Feb. 5: Indiana at Wisconsin
Feb. 9: Purdue at Indiana
Feb. 12: Michigan at Indiana
Feb. 15: Indiana at Minnesota
Feb. 21: Indiana at Iowa
Feb 25 or 26: Northwestern at Indiana
Feb. 28: Indiana at Purdue
March 4: Indiana at Ohio State

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