The dates of games remain unknown, but Michigan State basketball’s conference opponents are set.
The Big Ten on Thursday afternoon released the breakdown of opponents for all teams. Because there are 14 schools that each play 20 conference games, each team has seven home and away opponents, three only at home and three only on the road.
Michigan State basketball’s 2022-23 Big Ten opponents:
home/away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers
Home: Maryland, Minnesota and Northwestern
away: Illinois, Penn State and Wisconsin
The Spartans are coming off a season in which they finished 23-13 overall and 11-9 in Big Ten play. They reached the NCAA Tournament for the 24th straight year under coach Tom Izzo and lost to Duke in the second round.
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Michigan State last won a Big Ten regular season title with a share in 2019-20 before the postseason was wiped out due to COVID-19. The schedule this year is challenging.
Six of Michigan State’s seven home-and-away Big Ten opponents (Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers) reached the NCAA Tournament last season – among the conference record-tying nine to do so. Nebraska is the only team Michigan State plays twice in the regular season that didn’t make the tournament.
Additionally, two of the three teams Michigan State faces solely on the road (Illinois and Wisconsin) tied for the conference regular season title and made the NCAA Tournament. Penn State is the outlier the Spartans play only on the road that wasn’t part of March Madness.
The home-only schedule isn’t nearly as challenging based on last year’s results. All three of Michigan State’s home-only opponents (Maryland, Minnesota and Northwestern) failed to make the NCAA Tournament.
Dates, times and broadcast information for all Big Ten games will be announced at a later date.