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Men’s Basketball: Official 2020-’21 Schedule Released

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It is finally here! The Michigan State Spartans basketball schedule for the 2020-2021 season has officially been released in its entirety. The 27-game schedule includes four teams from Michigan in the non-conference, and all but two games at the Breslin Center. It also features a rare matchup against Notre Dame, a family affair between the Hauser brothers in a road trip to Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and a road trip to Duke.

It has been reported that Duke will be playing a game in East Lansing at a future date as part of the agreement to hold the Champions Classic game at Cameron Indoor Arena this year.

It also ends with Michigan at the Breslin Center!

-Non-Conference Schedule:

  • 11/25 - Eastern Michigan
  • 11/28 - Notre Dame
  • 12/1 - at Duke
  • 12/4 - Detroit
  • 12/6 - Western Michigan
  • 12/9 - at Virginia
  • 12/13 - Oakland

Per the official MSU release on the non-conference:

Michigan State’s men’s basketball team will open the 2020-21 regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 25, hosting Eastern Michigan at the Breslin Center. The game with Eastern Michigan will be the first of seven non-conference dates for the Spartans this season.
All times and television for the non-conference games will be announced at a later date.
After hosting EMU on Nov. 25, Michigan State will remain at home, hosting Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 28.
The Spartans will play Duke in the Champions Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. As part of the move of this year’s Champions Classic game to Durham, Michigan State will host Duke at the Breslin Center in a future contest. Details related to that game will be determined at a later date.
Following the game against the Blue Devils, MSU will return home for a pair of games, hosting Detroit on Friday, Dec. 4 and then Western Michigan on Sunday, Dec. 6. The games against Notre Dame and Western Michigan will be part of Michigan State’s multi-team event (MTE) for this season.
Michigan State will play at Virginia on Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and close out the non-conference slate on Sunday, Dec. 13 against Oakland at the Breslin Center.

-Conference Schedule:

  • 12/20 - at Northwestern
  • 12/25 - Wisconsin
  • 12/28 - at Minnesota
  • 1/2 - at Nebraska
  • 1/5 - Rutgers
  • 1/8 - Purdue
  • 1/14 - at Iowa
  • 1/17 - Indiana
  • 1/23 - Illinois
  • 1/28 - at Rutgers
  • 1/31 - at Ohio State
  • 2/3 - Nebraska
  • 2/6 - at Michigan
  • 2/9 - Penn State
  • 2/13 - Iowa
  • 2/16 - at Purdue
  • 2/20 - at Indiana
  • 2/25 - Ohio State
  • 2/28 - at Maryland
  • 3/7 - Michigan

Per the official release from MSU announcing the conference schedule:

Michigan State’s men’s basketball schedule for the 2020-21 season was announced on Wednesday, featuring seven non-conference dates and the full 20-game Big Ten slate.
The Spartans, ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press preseason poll and No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches poll, will play 12 games against eight teams ranked among the top-25 in preseason polls, including seven games at the Breslin Center. Ranked opponents include Duke and Virginia in the non-conference, as well as conference foes Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio State, Rutgers and Michigan.
MSU will play both home and away against Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers.
Big Ten opponents to visit the Breslin Center include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin. The Spartans will play Maryland, Minnesota and Northwestern only on the road.
The Spartans open the 2020-21 regular season next Wednesday, Nov. 25, hosting Eastern Michigan at the Breslin Center, the first of seven non-conference games. Tip time is slated for 6 p.m. on BTN.
Big Ten Conference play begins on Sunday, Dec. 20, with Michigan State visiting Northwestern.
The Spartans will play their Big Ten home opener on Friday, Dec. 25 against Wisconsin.
Times and television for some non-conference games and all Big Ten contests will be announced at a later date.

-Postseason Schedule: