Nebraska announced its 13-game nonconference schedule for the 2017-18 season, highlighted by a familiar Big 12 foe in the Kansas Jayhawks, on Wednesday.
The Huskers will open the season with home games against Eastern Illinois (Nov. 11) and North Texas (Nov. 13). Then, Nebraska will travel to St. John’s for the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Nov. 16. After that, it’s back to Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln for a visit from North Dakota on Nov. 19.
Nebraska will take a trip to Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 23 to face a UCF squad that won 24 games a season ago in the Advocare Invitational. Nebraska also has the potential to face a West Virginia squad coming off a Big 12 tournament championship and NCAA appearance. Nebraska will play Boston College for the first time in school history on Nov. 29 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The marquee matchups begin in early December, though, when the Huskers travel to Omaha on Dec. 9 for their annual showdown with Creighton and senior guard Marcus Foster. On Dec. 16, Nebraska will welcome the winner of the last 13 Big 12 regular season titles, Kansas, to Lincoln for the first time since 2011. The Jayhawks trip north will also mark the first visit from a Big 12 team since the Huskers’ switch to the Big Ten.
“Our non-conference schedule is very strong again this season,” coach Tim Miles said in a release. “We design our schedule with the idea that we want to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. We have great home games and challenging road games, but I’m excited to put our team to the test. I think it will prepare us well for conference play.”
They close out non-conference play with three consecutive home games against UTSA (Dec. 20), Delaware State (Dec. 22) and Stetson (Dec. 29).
Outside of Big Ten play, the Huskers will face four teams in total that made postseason play a season ago.
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