Minneapolis (from University of Minnesota) - The Big Ten Conference has announced the full men’s basketball conference schedule, including the Gophers’ 18-game slate.

Minnesota will begin conference play on the road at Ohio State on Wednesday, December 30, before its home B1G opener on Saturday, January 2 against 2015 Final Four participant Michigan State, who the Gophers defeated in East Lansing last season in their lone matchup.  The Gophers alternate home-and-away for their next six games, with midweek road trips to Penn State (Jan. 5), Nebraska (Jan. 12) and Michigan (Jan. 20) each followed by Saturday home games against Northwestern (Jan. 9), Indiana (Jan. 16) and Illinois (Jan. 23). The following Wednesday, the Gophers host Purdue (Jan. 27) in their first two-game B1G homestand, before closing out January at Indiana (Jan. 30).

The only two-game road trip of the conference season, the Maroon and Gold remain on the road traveling to Northwestern on Thursday, February 4 before their first bye comes on the first weekend of the month. A home game against Michigan (Feb. 10) is followed by a Valentine’s Day trip to rival Iowa (Feb. 14), and back-to-back home games against Maryland (Feb. 18) and Rutgers (Feb. 23). The two contests against the conference’s new members are split up by Minnesota’s second bye of the season, also coming on a weekend.

Two of the Gophers’ final three games come on the road, as Minnesota travels to Illinois (Feb. 28) for the first time in three years. The final home game of the year comes on Wednesday, March 2 against rival Wisconsin, before closing out the regular season at Rutgers three days later (Mar. 5).

Minnesota will compete for the Big Ten Tournament title from March 9-13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

2015-16 Minnesota Men's Basketball Big Ten Conference Schedule (all game times TBA)

 

12/30/15

Wed.

at Ohio State

1/2/16

Sat.

Michigan State

1/5/16

Tue.

at Penn State

1/9/16

Sat.

Northwestern

1/12/16

Tue.

at Nebraska

1/16/16

Sat.

Indiana

1/20/16

Wed.

at Michigan

1/23/16

Sat.

Illinois

1/27/16

Wed.

Purdue

1/30/16

Sat.

at Indiana

2/4/16

Thu.

at Northwestern

2/10/16

Wed.

Michigan

2/14/16

Sun.

at Iowa

2/18/16

Thu.

Maryland

2/23/16

Tue.

Rutgers

2/28/16

Sun.

at Illinois

3/2/16

Wed.

Wisconsin

3/5/16

Sat.

at Rutgers

3/9/15-

Wed.-Sun.

Big Ten Tournament

 3/13/15

(Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis)