Home games against defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State and Sweet 16 qualifier Purdue highlight the Huskers’ 2018-19 conference home schedule, as the Big Ten announced its pairings for the upcoming season on Thursday.
The Big Ten announced last fall that the conference schedule will increase from 18 to 20 games beginning this season. Each team will have seven opponents they will play both home and away, along with three single-play home and single-play road games.
The Huskers double-play matchups feature a pair of 30-win teams in Michigan State and Purdue, which reached the Sweet 16 last season, as well as NIT champion Penn State. NU’s other double plays for the upcoming season include Maryland as well as regional rivals Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois.
Nebraska’s three single-play matchups at Pinnacle Bank Arena will include Big Ten runner-up Ohio State, Wisconsin and Northwestern.
The Huskers’ three single-play road games include a trip to NCAA runner-up Michigan, as well as visits to Indiana and Rutgers.
The Huskers return four starters, including first-team All-Big Ten guard James Palmer Jr., from a team that went 22-11 last season, including a school-record 13 Big Ten wins. In all, the Huskers bring back their top four scorers, including three double-figure scorers, and rebounders from a year ago.
Dates, start time and television information will be announced later this year.