Big Ten announces 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule

Report from Indy Star’s Zach Osterman:

BLOOMINGTON – Finally, IU has a full basketball schedule. Though not a terribly forgiving one.

The Big Ten released full schedule dates and pairings Wednesday evening, putting an end the conference-wide angst over the lack of a calendar for the coming season amid uncertainty created by COVID-19. The league season will start just before Christmas, with some teams scheduled to play on Christmas Day. It will run through early March as is customary.

Even as we wait for tipoff times, Archie Miller’s team will know it’s in for a fight.

In addition to the annual rivalry doubleheader with Purdue, Indiana drew home-and-away pairings with Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers, Illinois and Iowa. All five of those teams were picked to finish among the conference’s top six in a preseason media poll released earlier this week. The sixth team in that group, Wisconsin, will only face IU once this season, and that game will be in Madison.

Analytics forecasts are not much more kind. Indiana, ranked No. 26 nationally in the preseason by Ken Pomeroy, is among 10 teams ranked in Pomeroy’s top 30. The Hoosiers will play the other nine teams in that group a total of 15 of 18 possible times. Two of the three single-plays in that group — Wisconsin and Ohio State — will be road games.

This story will be updated.

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020    

Penn State at Michigan

Monday, Dec. 14, 2020  

Rutgers at Maryland

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020  

Minnesota at Illinois    

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020         

Ohio State at Purdue   

Sunday, Dec.  20, 2020    

Michigan State at Northwestern

Illinois at Rutgers

Monday, Dec. 21, 2020  

Nebraska at Wisconsin

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020  

Purdue at Iowa

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020         

Northwestern at Indiana         

Rutgers at Ohio State

Illinois at Penn State

Friday, Dec. 25, 2020     

Wisconsin at Michigan State

Iowa at Minnesota

Michigan at Nebraska

Maryland at Purdue

Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020 

Indiana at Illinois

Ohio State at Northwestern

Monday, Dec. 28, 2020  

Michigan State at Minnesota

Maryland at Wisconsin

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020  

Northwestern at Iowa 

Purdue at Rutgers

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020         

Penn State at Indiana  

Nebraska at Ohio State

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 

Michigan at Maryland

Minnesota at Wisconsin

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021

Purdue at Illinois

Michigan State at Nebraska

Iowa at Rutgers

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021         

Northwestern at Michigan

Ohio State at Minnesota

Wisconsin at Penn State          

Monday, Jan. 4, 2021        

Maryland at Indiana

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021        

Rutgers at Michigan State

Nebraska at Purdue

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021   

Minnesota at Michigan

Penn State at Ohio State

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021      

Iowa at Maryland

Illinois at Northwestern

Indiana at Wisconsin

Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

Purdue at Michigan State

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021       

Michigan at Penn State

Ohio State at Rutgers

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021       

Maryland at Illinois     

Indiana at Nebraska    

Sun., Jan. 10 or Mon., Jan. 11  

Minnesota at Iowa

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021      

Wisconsin at Michigan

Rutgers at Penn State

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021

Illinois at Nebraska

Northwestern at Ohio State

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021     

Purdue at Indiana

Michigan State at Iowa

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021         

Wisconsin at Rutgers

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021     

Ohio State at Illinois

Nebraska at Maryland

Michigan at Minnesota

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021       

Indiana at Michigan State

Penn State at Purdue

Sun., Jan. 17 or Mon., Jan. 18  

Iowa at Northwestern

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021      

Maryland at Michigan

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 

Penn State at Illinois

Minnesota at Nebraska

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021     

Indiana at Iowa

Friday, Jan. 22, 2021         

Michigan at Purdue

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021     

Illinois at Michigan State         

Maryland at Minnesota

Northwestern at Penn State

Ohio State at Wisconsin

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021       

Rutgers at Indiana

Nebraska at Iowa

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 

Purdue at Ohio State

Northwestern at Wisconsin

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021     

Michigan State at Rutgers

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021         

Iowa at Illinois

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021

Wisconsin at Maryland

Indiana at Michigan

Penn State at Nebraska

Minnesota at Purdue

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021       

Rutgers at Northwestern

Michigan State at Ohio State

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021      

Illinois at Indiana

Purdue at Maryland

Penn State at Wisconsin          

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 

Nebraska at Michigan State

Michigan at Northwestern

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021     

Ohio State at Iowa

Minnesota at Rutgers

Fri., Feb. 5 or Sat., Feb. 6        

Maryland at Penn State

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021     

Wisconsin at Illinois

Michigan State at Michigan

Northwestern at Purdue          

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021       

Iowa at Indiana

Sun., Feb. 7 or Mon., Feb. 8     

Nebraska at Minnesota

Mon., Feb. 8 or Tue., Feb. 9    

Ohio State at Maryland

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021      

Penn State at Michigan State

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

Rutgers at Iowa

Indiana at Northwestern

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021   

Illinois at Michigan

Purdue at Minnesota

Wisconsin at Nebraska

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021   

Iowa at Michigan State

Indiana at Ohio State

Northwestern at Rutgers

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021      

Minnesota at Maryland

Nebraska at Penn State

Michigan at Wisconsin

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021    

Northwestern at Illinois

Michigan State at Purdue

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

Minnesota at Indiana

Maryland at Nebraska

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021   

Rutgers at Michigan

Ohio State at Penn State

Iowa at Wisconsin

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021   

Michigan State at Indiana

Illinois at Minnesota

Purdue at Nebraska

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021      

Penn State at Iowa

Wisconsin at Northwestern

Michigan at Ohio State

Maryland at Rutgers

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Nebraska at Illinois

Indiana at Rutgers

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021   

Ohio State at Michigan State

Fri., Feb. 26 or Sat., Feb. 27     

Purdue at Penn State

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021   

Michigan at Indiana

Northwestern at Minnesota

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021   

Illinois at Wisconsin

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021      

Michigan State at Maryland

Iowa at Ohio State

Rutgers at Nebraska

Tuesday, March 2, 2021          

Wisconsin at Purdue

Wednesday, March 3, 2021     

Maryland at Northwestern

Minnesota at Penn State

Thursday, March 4, 2021        

Iowa at Michigan

Saturday, March 6, 2021         

Illinois at Ohio State

Indiana at Purdue

Sat., March 6 or Sun., March 7

Rutgers at Minnesota

Nebraska at Northwestern

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Penn State at Maryland

Wisconsin at Iowa

Michigan at Michigan State

One comment

  1. When they released this was there any mention of an alternative schedule if things continue to escalate with Covid and things pull back again? Just curious if it was mentioned.

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