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2019-20 Purdue Basketball: Big Ten Schedule Released

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Time to defend our title. Again.

Indiana v Purdue Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

I will let Jadakiss introduce this piece:

Your DEFENDING Big Ten Men’s Basketball champions (and yes, it should be three-time defending champions) now know their path to a record 25th Big Ten Men’s Basketball regular season championship. With a brand new Big Ten Champs banner in the rafters of Mackey Arena the path comes through us, and it will be in front of a sold out Mackey Arena every night:

Being 63-4 at home over the last four seasons (and all four losses were extremely close) certainly helps win titles.

He is the full schedule with non-conference games:

November 1: vs Southern Indiana (Exhibition)
November 5: vs. Green Bay
November 9: vs. Texas
November 13: at Marquette (Gavitt Games)
November 16: vs. Chicago State
November 23 vs. Jacksonville State
November 29: vs. VCU at Emerald Coast Classic (Destin, Florida)
November 30: vs. Florida State or Tennessee at Emerald Coast Classic (Destin, Florida)
December 4: vs. Virginia (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
December 8: vs. Northwestern
December 15: at Nebraska
December 17: at Ohio
December 21: vs. Butler (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Crossraods Classic)
December 28: vs. Central Michigan
January 2: vs. Minnesota
January 5: at Illinois
January 9: at Michigan
January 12: vs. Michigan State
January 18: at Maryland
January 21 vs. Illinois
January 24 vs. Wisconsin
January 28 at Rutgers
February 1: at Northwestern
February 5: vs. Iowa
February 8: at Indiana
February 11: vs. Penn State
February 15 at Ohio State
February 18 at Wisconsin
February 22 vs. Michigan
February 27: vs. Indiana
March 3: at Iowa
March 7 vs. Rutgers

Overall this is not bad. Michigan State is favored to repeat as Big Ten champs and we only get them once: at Mackey, no less. The Nebraska-Ohio two road games in three days could be a little tricky in December, but the December games are not terrible. The toughest three-game stretch is early with at Michigan-Michigan State-at Maryland in a span of nine days. Win two of those and we’re in great shape.

The season tips off in 74 days.