Wisconsin Basketball: Quick look at 2017-18 schedule

Inside Training Camp with Michigan State’s Alyssa Garvelink

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A home date with Minnesota on Jan. 10 is sandwiched between road trips to Rutgers (Jan. 6) and Wisconsin (Jan. 14).

On Monday, Dec. 4, IN will entertain the Hawkeyes, Michigan will travel to Ohio State and Penn State will host the Badgers.

The Huskers didn't play a home conference game on a Saturday last season after playing five in 2015-16. The showcase of some of the top Nike programs in the country will include three games in four days. After hosting Northwestern on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), the final road game of the regular season sends Penn State to Nebraska for a Feb. 22 tilt. The Gophers wrap up the regular season at IL on Feb. 25 before traveling to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament (Feb. 25-March 4). The event will again be hosted at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, running from February 28-March 4.

"We went from a 10-week season to a nine-week season", Big Ten senior associate commissioner Mark Rudner said Wednesday on the Big Ten Network.

The tournament, being held in NY for the first time, had to be held a week earlier than normal because the Big East is holding its conference tournament in the same venue the following week. Both schools have supported a Big Ten measure to create protected rivalries, which would guarantee the teams play twice per season in future years.

The complete 2017-18 Big Ten men's basketball conference schedule can be found on the attached PDF. Michigan State will play two on Friday and one on Monday. The Lady Lions defeated Northwestern to open Big Ten play in 2015 and fell at Rutgers to close out 2016.

The schedule includes two conference games for every team in the first week of December, almost a month earlier than the typical league start. Northwestern will return to conference play on January 2 at home against Nebraska and IL will return to Big Ten play on January 3 at Minnesota.

This is the fourth time in the past five seasons Penn State has been chosen as the conference favorites, according to the release from GoPSUSports.com, and the 11th time in the past 13th seasons.

The full season schedule for Northwestern can be found here and for IL here.

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