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The Nebraska men's basketball schedule is set.

The final two opponents were revealed Wednesday morning, when Cal State-Fullerton and Southwest Minnesota State were added to the nonconference portion of the slate.

The Huskers will host Fullerton on Saturday, Dec. 22, and will host Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday, Dec. 29.

The 11-game nonconference slate is down two games from the previous season because the Big Ten conference going to a 20-game league schedule starting this season.

"I think this schedule will prepare us for the Big Ten,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said in a news release. “It is a very challenging slate with teams from other major conferences and postseason teams all around. The extended Big Ten season of 20 games will also be good for us and great for our faithful fans. We are excited for it to begin."

Nebraska will face seven teams that made the NCAA or NIT last season. Of the 11 nonconference opponents, eight won 20 or more games last season. In addition, Southwest Minnesota State went 25-9 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II national tournament.

The Huskers open the season with a Thursday, Nov. 1, exhibition game against Wayne State at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The regular season starts five days later with a Nov. 6 home game against Mississippi Valley State.

Nebraska plays 2017 NCAA Tournament participants Seton Hall, Clemson, Creighton and Fullerton, along with NIT qualifiers Oklahoma State and Southeastern Louisiana. The Huskers will also face either Texas Tech (NCAA) or USC (NIT) as part of the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Missouri.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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