Published Friday, May 20, 2011 AT 12:56 PM / Updated at 1:06 PM
Husker scheduling scoop
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

Fans of Nebraska men’s basketball should like what’s coming for the 2011-12 season in the Big Ten Conference, which plays 18 league games.

The Huskers have learned their four “single-play” opponents — Michigan and Indiana at home, Northwestern and Purdue on the road.

That means the other seven Big Ten schools will play Nebraska in home-and-home series.

So the Devaney Center will get visits from:

• Ohio State, a national title contender led by national player of the year candidate Jared Sullinger, a 7-foot center.

• Wisconsin, which won 25 games and returns second-team All-America point guard Jordan Taylor, who helped the Badgers break the NCAA record for fewest turnovers per game (7.6).

• Michigan State and future Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo.

• Minnesota and Chadron, Neb., redshirt freshman center Elliott Eliason, who coach Tubby Smith this week praised highly for his development.

The other home and homes will be with Iowa, Illinois and Penn State.

The dates and times of games aren’t expected until the second week of August.

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at


  1. Jimmy Kubacki says:

    Thanks for the update, Lee. Gonna be a mighty challenge and lots of fun. Have the Shim Shams been scheduled yet?

  2. Sooner Steve says:

    The Shim Shams usually show up on the Corns non-conference schedule a couple of times every year.

  3. Arizona Husker says:

    Now if we can just get some none conference games worth going to see. No more SWAC teams, PLEASE!!