The Gophers won't have to wait long for a Big Ten test. The men's basketball team kicks off conference play at Ohio State on Dec. 30 and plays host to Michigan State on Jan. 2 for its Big Ten home opener.
The Big Ten portion of the schedule was released Thursday evening.
Home games also include Northwestern (Jan. 9), Indiana (Jan. 16), Illinois (Jan. 23), Purdue (Jan. 27), Michigan (Feb. 10), Maryland (Feb. 18), Rutgers (Feb. 23) and Wisconsin (March 2). The Badgers' trip to Williams Arena is the only meeting between the border rivals this season.
The Gophers finished 6-12, tied for 10th place in the Big Ten, last season. Coach Richard Pitino received a two-year contract extension and $400,000 raise Tuesday.
Some of the early conference highlight matchups include Michigan State at Iowa on Dec. 29 and Maryland at Wisconsin on Jan. 9. The Terrapins are expected to be ranked in the top five in preseason polls, and Wisconsin is coming off its national runner-up season.
2015-16 Big Ten schedule
Dec. 30 at Ohio State Jan. 30 at Indiana
Jan. 2 vs. Michigan St. Feb. 4 at N'western
Jan. 5 at Penn State Feb. 10 vs. Michigan
Jan. 9 vs. N'western Feb. 14 at Iowa
Jan. 12 at Nebraska Feb. 18 vs. Maryland
Jan. 16 vs. Indiana Feb. 23 vs. Rutgers
Jan. 20 at Michigan Feb. 28 at Illinois
Jan. 23 vs. Illinois March 2 vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 27 vs. Purdue March 5 at Rutgers