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Husker hoops releases tip times

September 9, 2018

Of the 32 games on the Nebraska men’s basketball team’s schedule, 31 of them no longer have “TBA” in the time column.

On Wednesday, the Huskers, along with the rest of the Big Ten, released tip times for the vast majority of their games in 2018-19. Only one NU game, the Nov. 14 home contest against Seton Hall that is part of the Gavitt Games, is still to-be-announced when it comes to tip time and television network.

Here’s a breakdown of Nebraska’s upcoming slate.

The big games

Nebraska’s Nov. 6 season opener against Mississippi Valley State is set for a 7 p.m. tip, with the Nov. 26 game at Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge set for 6 p.m.

Nebraska will open Big Ten play Dec. 2 with a 4 p.m. tip against Illinois at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers will host Creighton Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.

Nebraska’s game against Oklahoma State at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will start at 6 p.m.

Both Iowa matchups will be afternoon games: the contest in Iowa City on Jan. 6 will start at either 2:15 or 4:30 p.m., with the season finale in Lincoln scheduled for 1 p.m. March 10. That’s a departure from several recent seasons, when Nebraska often played in the final game of the final day of the regular season.

Most of NU’s home games against the Big Ten’s heavyweights will be evening affairs. The Jan. 17 game vs. Michigan State will start at 6 or 7 p.m.; Jan. 29 against Wisconsin is a 7 p.m. tip, with the Feb. 6 game against Maryland starting at 6 p.m. The Feb. 23 game against Purdue will start at 3 p.m.

Brunch with the Huskers

Perhaps the most bizarre starting time comes Saturday, Jan. 26, when Nebraska hosts Ohio State. The Huskers and Buckeyes will tip off at 11 a.m. as the first game of the day on FS1. That is the only game currently scheduled to start before 1 p.m. Central.

Late night hoops

As of now, Nebraska has just three games scheduled for the dreaded 8 p.m. tip: Dec. 5 at Minnesota, Jan. 10 vs. Penn State and Feb. 13 at home against Minnesota.

If Nebraska beats Missouri State on Nov. 19 at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Missouri, the Huskers’ Nov. 20 game against either USC or Texas Tech would tip at 8:30.

The Huskers are scheduled to tip off at Purdue at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, and the Feb. 16 home game against Northwestern is also set for a 7:30 p.m. start.

The Nov. 14 home game against Seton Hall, part of the Gavitt Games, is still TBA on tip time and network.

Where to watch

Nebraska could play on as many as five networks this season, depending on how things shake out. Here’s a breakdown:

ESPN: Jan. 10 vs. Penn State will be on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU; Feb. 28 at Michigan will be on either ESPN or ESPN2, as will the March 5 game at Michigan State.

ESPNU: Nov. 11 vs. Southeastern Louisiana (3 p.m.); Nov. 19 vs. Missouri State (6 p.m.).

FS1: Jan. 14 at Indiana (5:30 p.m.); Jan. 17 vs. Michigan State (6 or 7 p.m.); Jan. 26 vs. Ohio State (11 a.m.); Feb. 19 at Penn State (6 p.m.).

BTN: The rest of Nebraska’s games will be on BTN, save for four games that will require you to fire up BTN Plus if you aren’t in Pinnacle Bank Arena: the Thursday, Nov. 1 exhibition game against Wayne State (7 p.m. tip); the regular season opener Nov. 6 against Mississippi Valley State (7 p.m.); the Saturday, Nov. 24 game against Western Illinois (1 p.m.); and the Saturday, Dec. 29 game vs. Southwest Minnesota State (1 p.m.).

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