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Big Ten Releases 2013 Men's Basketball Schedule

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The last remaining piece of the hoops schedule was announced by the Big Ten today, as it released the full conference schedule. Penn State's single-play opponents were already known from last year (Ohio State, Michigan State, at Minnesota, and at Northwestern), but the conference season is just as much when and where you play as well. In a conference as good as the Big Ten, you are obviously going to play your share of heavyweights, but what coaches analyze are those four-road-games-in-five stretches that can make or break a season.

Penn State gets to enjoy another season of their favorable single-play draw from last year when Nebraska joined the fold. OSU, MSU and Minnesota all seemed to destined to be in the top half of the league again. They will also play Nebraska twice as they breaking in their new coach Tim Miles. There's nothing to complain about with regard to who PSU has to play.

However, this marks the fourth straight year where Penn State was given the amazing opportunity to start conference play on the road. They will begin their journey in the always pleasant Kohl Center against Wisconsin. The conference did cut PSU a little slack at least. Unlike the past two years, their second game will be their home opener. But wait, it will be against possibly the #1 team in the country, the Indiana Hoosiers.

Despite starting on the road, the first half of the Lions conference schedule is front-loaded with home games. Six of PSU's back nine are on the road, including four of the last six. Their '4-road-games-in-5' stretch isn't until the end of the year, with top-10 Michigan being the lone home game in that span. If Penn State does indeed start 0-2, there won't be any time for pity. They need to start fast because making up any ground in February is going to a tougher way to go.

Full schedule after the jump.

Date Opponent Venue
Nov. 3 Philadelphia U # BJC
Nov. 9 St. Francis (PA) BJC
Nov. 15 vs. NC State* Coliseo de Puerto Rico
Nov. 16 vs. UMass / Providence* Coliseo de Puerto Rico
Nov. 18 vs. TBD* Coliseo de Puerto Rice
Nov. 23 Bucknell BJC
Nov. 28 Boston College^ BJC
Dec. 1 Pennsylvania BJC
Dec. 5 at La Salle The Palestra
Dec. 8 Army BJC
Dec. 15 Delaware State BJC
Dec. 23 New Hampshire BJC
Dec. 29 Duquesne BJC
Jan. 3 at Wisconsin Kohl Center
Jan. 7 Indiana BJC
Jan. 10 Northwestern BJC
Jan. 13 at Purdue Mackey Arena
Jan. 16 Michigan State BJC
Jan. 19 Nebraska BJC
Jan. 23 at Indiana Assembly Hall
Jan. 26 Ohio State BJC
Jan. 31 at Iowa Carver Hawkeye Arena
Feb. 5 Purdue BJC
Feb. 9 at Nebraska Devaney Center
Feb. 14 Iowa BJC
Feb. 17 at Michigan Crisler Arena
Feb. 21 at Illinois Assembly Hall
Feb. 27 Michigan BJC
Mar. 2/3 at Minnesota Williams Arena
Mar. 7 at Northwestern Welsh-Ryan Arena
Mar. 10 Wisconsin BJC
Mar. 14 Big Ten Tournament United Center
Mar. 15 Big Ten Tournament United Center
Mar. 16 Big Ten Tournament United Center
Mar. 17 Big Ten Tournament United Center

# - exhibition, * - Puerto Rico Tip-Off, ^ - Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Overall, while it's annoying to see the lack of respect from the conference yet again, the bottomline is if Penn State is going to make something of this season, they'll have to do it on the court no matter what the schedule says. Playing in the best conference in the land isn't something to complain about. It's something to be proud of. If this team is postseason worthy, they will prove it. And when they do, maybe the conference could throw Chambers and PSU a bone some time and let them open the season at home.

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