For the first time in nearly two decades, the Ohio State’s men’s basketball team will play a conference game in the middle of its nonconference schedule. Actually, the Buckeyes will play two.

Owing to scheduling congestion at the end of the season, all Big Ten teams will play two conference games during the first week of December. For Ohio State, that means Big Ten play kicks off Dec. 2 at Wisconsin before hosting Michigan two days later.

The last time the Buckeyes played a conference foe this early in the schedule was during the 1998-99 season, when they hosted Penn State on Nov. 20.

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The Big Ten plays its postseason tournament at Madison Square Garden this year for the first time. The venue is already booked by the Big East for the final weekend before the NCAA Tournament, and as a result the Big Ten has had to shift games forward in the calendar to compensate for ending its season a week earlier than usual. The tournament will take place Feb. 28 to March 4, and the Big Ten will have conference games played on every day of the week this year.

The conference had unveiled matchups earlier this summer but not dates for the games. Tip-off times and television broadcast partners will be announced later.

Ohio State will close Big Ten play with three of its final four games on the road, culminating with a road game against Indiana on Friday, Feb. 23. It will have a four-game homestand starting Jan. 22 with Nebraska and ending Feb. 4 against Illinois.

In addition, the Buckeyes will play Minnesota at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 20 as part of the Big Ten’s annual “Super Saturday” double-header that also features a hockey game between Minnesota and Michigan State.

Here is the full 2017-18 schedule:

Nov. 5: College of Wooster (exhibition)

Nov. 10: Robert Morris

Nov. 12: Radford

Nov. 16: Texas Southern

Nov. 19: Northeastern

Nov. 23: vs. Gonzaga (at PK80 Invitational, Portland, Oregon)

Nov. 24: vs. Florida or Stanford (PK80)

Nov. 26: vs. TBA (PK80)

Nov. 29: Clemson (ACC-Big Ten Challenge)

Dec. 2: at Wisconsin

Dec. 4: Michigan

Dec. 9: William & Mary

Dec. 16: Appalachian State

Dec. 19: The Citadel

Dec. 23: vs. North Carolina (at New Orleans)

Dec. 30: Miami University

Jan. 4: at Iowa

Jan. 7: Michigan State

Jan. 11: Maryland

Jan. 14: at Rutgers

Jan. 17: at Northwestern

Jan. 20: vs. Minnesota (at New York)

Jan. 22: Nebraska

Jan. 25: Penn State

Jan. 30: Indiana

Feb. 4: Illinois

Feb. 7: at Purdue

Feb. 10: Minnesota

Feb. 15: at Penn State

Feb. 18: at Michigan

Feb. 20: Rutgers

Feb. 23: at Indiana

Feb. 28-March 4: Big Ten tournament (at New York)

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