Penn State Basketball: Big Ten Conference Schedule Announced

By Chad Markulics on August 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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Penn State's 2017-18 schedule is now complete with the Big Ten's announcement of the full conference schedule. This upcoming campaign has some new wrinkles, including Monday and Friday games as well as two December conference games. The Nittany Lions, fresh off a summer of practices and games as part of an international tour, head into Pat Chambers' seventh season with their most talented roster to date. This year's Big Ten slate is crucial considering Penn State's weak non-conference schedule.

The Big Ten's insistence on playing the 2018 conference tournament in Madison Square Garden means that every team in the league will play two early games in December. Penn State's early draw is a favorable one, as they'll get two similarly young teams early on in Iowa and Wisconsin. The travel involved may not be so favorable - a trip to Iowa City followed by a two-day turnaround against Ethan Happ isn't ideal, but we'll certainly have a good idea of what to expect from the Nittany Lions after these games.

Penn State's proper conference slate will open at Maryland on January 2nd. Getting the Terps at Xfinity Center on winter break has to be considered a small victory. Conversely, the Lions will have just one home game to play during break, against Northwestern three days later.

The Lions' toughest stretch comes at the end of January, when the consensus conference favorites Michigan State will host PSU on Wednesday night, Jan 31. They'll then come back home for two crucial games - the first against the Hawkeyes on Saturday, Feb 3 and then on Wednesday, Feb 7 when they'll host the Terps. A trek to Lincoln will close out the campaign on Feb 25 prior to the start of the conference tournament in NYC on the 28th.

DATE OPPONENT Arena 2017 Record  KenPom RPI
11/10/17 Campbell Bryce Jordan Center 19-18 278 247
11/12/17 Fairleigh Dickinson Bryce Jordan Center 11-19 267 273
11/15/17 Montana Bryce Jordan Center 16-16 194 221
11/17/17 Columbia Bryce Jordan Center 11-16 235 262
11/20/17 vs. Pitt Barclays Center 16-17 79 74
11/21/17 vs. OK St / Tx A&M Barclays Center - - -
11/24/17 Oral Roberts Bryce Jordan Center 8-22 236 292
11/29/17 @ N.C. State PNC Arena 15-17 109 141
12/2/17 @ Iowa Carver-Hawkeye Arena 19-15 71 83
12/4/17 Wisconsin Bryce Jordan Center 27-10 19 30
12/9/17 George Washington Bryce Jordan Center 20-15 132 102
12/17/17 @ George Mason EagleBank Arena 20-14 123 103
12/19/17 Binghamton Bryce Jordan Center 12-20 314 311
12/22/17 Rider Bryce Jordan Center 18-15 208 198
12/30/17 Coppin State Bryce Jordan Center 8-24 343 336
1/2/17 @ Maryland Xfinity Center 24-9 46 38
1/5/17 Northwestern Bryce Jordan Center 24-12 38 48
1/9/17 @ Indiana Assembly Hall 18-16 44 81
1/12/17 Nebraska Bryce Jordan Center 12-19 107 111
1/15/17 Minnesota Bryce Jordan Center 11-7 37 25
1/20/17 @ Northwestern Allstate Arena 24-12 38 48
1/25/17 @ Ohio State Value City Arena 17-15 73 92
1/27/17 Rutgers Bryce Jordan Center 15-18 135 177
1/31/17 @ Michigan State Breslin Center 20-15 40 47
2/3/17 Iowa Bryce Jordan Center 19-15 71 83
2/7/17 Maryland Bryce Jordan Center 24-9 46 38
2/11/17 @ Illinois State Farm Center 20-15 66 60
2/15/17 Ohio State Bryce Jordan Center 17-15 73 92
2/18/17 @ Purdue Mackey Arena 27-8 19 18
2/21/17 Michigan Bryce Jordan Center 26-12 20 23
2/25/17 @ Nebraska Pinnacle Bank Arena 12-19 107 111
2/28/17 Big Ten Tournament Madison Square Garden - - -
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