Penn State basketball Big Ten conference opponents released
The basketball roster is starting to come together for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Head coach Mike Rhoades has been busy hitting the transfer portal to boost the roster. Rhoades and his staff have now added five players from the portal and are still looking to add more. He was also able to convince sophomore Kanye Clary to stay with the program and sophomore guard Jameel Brown to come back to Penn State.
With the roster taking shape, some attention can now move forward this season. Penn State’s conference opponents were released, so they will know who and where each game will be played. The dates of when the games will be played have not been released, but fans now know who is on the conference schedule for the upcoming season.
The Big Ten splits the schedule into three classifications. There are games played against the same opponent in both home and road settings. There are also games that are only played at home and only others on the road.
Last year, it was a tale of two teams when playing at home and going on the road. The Nittany Lions finished with an impressive 13-4 home record and a poor 4-7 road record. The home record was boosted by some non-Big Ten games, so their conference record at true home games was 6-3.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the conference schedule for Penn State in the upcoming 2023-24 basketball season
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Penn State will play seven home and road series during the upcoming season.
Last year, they split with Maryland in their series with both home teams winning. That is the only home-road series from last season that is returning for this year.
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There are three opponents on the conference schedule that Penn State gets to host at home only.
Penn State beat Illinois three times last season, including once in the Big Ten Tournament. They also beat Michigan during the THON game last year and beat Wisconsin in overtime at the Bryce Jordan Center.
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Penn State also has three road-only games this season as well.
This is a tough road-only schedule. Purdue and Rutgers have incredible home-court advantages. Last season they lost to both by 20 points away from home. They also lost to Nebraska on the road last season so these could be pivotal games on the schedule.