The Huskers' full 2018-19 conference schedule has been released, meaning the entire slate is set.
— Derek Peterson (@DrPeteyHV) August 21, 2018
A 29-game regular-season schedule will feature 18 games against teams that qualified for postseason play in 2018, including 12 games against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams.
The season opens with an exhibition (Nov. 3) against a Nebraska-Kearney team that won 21 games a season ago. The regular season begins at home against 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier and Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake on Nov. 7. After losing to Nebraska in Des Moines last season in double-overtime, Drake won 21 consecutive games en route to its NCAA Tournament bid.
On Nov. 23, Nebraska travels to Miami for the Miami Thanksgiving Classic. The Hurricanes matched Nebraska’s 21-11 record last season and posted a 10-6 ACC mark before advancing to the NCAA Tournament
The Huskers will also face one of last season's NCAA Women’s Final Four participants in Louisville on Nov. 29 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, a fourth consecutive road game. The Huskers went 9-2 away from home last season.
Nebraska's annual meeting with Creighton takes place on Dec. 2 in Omaha. The Jays finished with 19 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round last season. It will mark the fourth consecutive game against a postseason qualifier for the Huskers. (Radford, the second game of the Miami Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 25, advanced to the second round of the WNIT last year.)
A return to Pinnacle Bank Arena for the team's longest home stretch of the season will bring Kansas (Dec. 5), San Jose State (Dec. 8) and Denver (Dec. 15) before a trip to Arkansas (Dec. 18) closes out nonconference play.
In Big Ten play, Nebraska has double-dips with Michigan (home on Dec. 28, away on Feb. 7), Iowa (away on Jan. 3, home on Feb. 25), Maryland (home on Jan. 8, away on Feb. 14), Northwestern (home on Jan. 24, away on Feb. 21) and Purdue (away on Jan. 31, home on Feb. 10).
Nebraska’s first four games in the league will be against top-six finishers from the final 2018 Big Ten standings, including a trip to defending regular-season and tournament champion Ohio State on Dec. 31.
Senior Night will be Feb. 25 against Iowa (the men also close their season at home against Iowa) and the Huskers' regular-season finale is March 2 on the road against Penn State. The 2019 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis runs from March 6-10.
Last season, Nebraska posted the nation’s top turnaround in its second season under Big Ten Coach of the Year Amy Williams. The team returns four starters and each of its top five scorers from last year's NCAA Tournament squad.
“We have compiled a challenging non-conference schedule which we feel will help prepare us for Big Ten play," Williams said in a release. "Husker fans are the greatest fans in the country, and we will lean heavily on them this season to support our team as we attack this challenging schedule.”
Single-game reserved tickets for Nebraska’s 15 home contests (14 regular season games, one exhibition) will be $15 per game. Season tickets go on sale on Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. CT and can be found here.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.