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MSU Women’s Basketball 2020-’21 Schedule Released

It is finally here, just two days out from the official start date of the season!

Michigan State v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

The official schedule for the Michigan State Women’s basketball team has finally been released. The Spartan women will begin their season on Friday, Nov. 27, and will play a total of five non-conference games. All non-conference games will air on BTN+.

The full schedule is:

  • Nov. 27 - St. Francis (PA)
  • Dec. 2 - Detroit
  • Dec. 9 - at Minnesota
  • Dec. 12 - Iowa
  • Dec. 18 - Central Michigan
  • Dec. 20 - Northern Illinois
  • Dec. 22 - Oakland
  • Dec. 31 - at Ohio State
  • Jan. 3 - at Purdue
  • Jan 7 - Maryland
  • Jan. 10 -Nebraska
  • Jan. 14 - at Illinois
  • Jan. 18 - at Michigan
  • Jan. 21 - Indiana
  • Jan. 24 - at Wisconsin
  • Jan. 28 - Michigan
  • Jan. 31 - at Indiana
  • Def. 4 - Illinois
  • Feb. 7 - Northwestern
  • Fed. 10 - at Maryland
  • Feb. 13 - at Penn State
  • Feb. 21 - Purdue
  • Feb. 24 - Rutgers
  • Feb. 27 - at Nebraska
  • Mar. 5 or 6 - Wisconsin

Post-Season:

  • Mar. 9-13 - Big Ten Tournament

The Spartans will play just two teams from out of state in their non-conference slate. The schedule also splits the non-conference up with two conference games between the first two non-conference and final three non-conference opponents.

The women have a tough slate ahead of them in the conference, but of particular note to fans is the Michigan games that come just 10 days apart and are wrapped up just over the halfway mark in the season.

The full press release from the Big Ten announcing the conference schedule:

The Big Ten announced Monday a full breakdown of women’s basketball conference games for all 14 schools for the 2020-21 season. Each school will play a 20-game Big Ten schedule this season, adding two conference games from the previous two years, and may play up to five non-conference games.

The conference season will tip off Dec. 5, when Wisconsin travels to Iowa. Schools will play seven opponents twice (once at home and once on the road) and will face the remaining six opponents once (three at home and three on the road). To allow for maximum flexibility in the potential rescheduling of games, this year’s schedule is built with corresponding byes throughout the schedule and a collapsible bye during the final week of the regular season.

To accommodate the expanded 2020-21 conference schedule, the dates for the 28th Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament have been moved, with the event to be held Tuesday-Saturday, March 9-13, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

All Big Ten women’s basketball non-conference home games through Dec. 2 will be streamed live on Big Ten Network+ (formerly BTN+), and schools will announce the start times for those games in the coming days. TV designations and start times for all Big Ten women’s basketball home games on or after Dec. 3, including all conference games, will be announced at a later date.

Big Ten women’s basketball teams will follow the same medical protocols that were developed by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force and announced on Sept. 16, 2020. These protocols include daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition.