Big Ten announces women’s basketball conference opponents for 2023-24 season

  • 06/22/2023 12:08 pm in

The Big Ten announced conference opponents for the 2023-24 women’s basketball season on Thursday morning.

The complete list of Big Ten Conference single-play and double-play opponents is available below:

Home: Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern

Home: Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State
Away: Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue

Home: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State
Away: Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers
Home/Away: Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Home: Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin
Away: Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers

Home: Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin
Away: Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State
Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers

Home: Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern
Away: Indiana, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

Home: Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue
Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Rutgers
Home/Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home: Indiana, Maryland, Northwestern, Rutgers
Away: Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Purdue

Home: Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue
Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home: Indiana, Nebraska, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue
Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State

Home: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska
Away: Indiana, Iowa, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue

Home: Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Rutgers
Away: Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern
Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home: Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State
Away: Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue
Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin

Home: Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State
Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State
Home/Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

Here’s the full release from the Big Ten on the announcement:

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 22, 2023) – The Big Ten Conference unveiled a full breakdown of conference opponents for all 14 schools for the 2023-24 women’s basketball season. Each member institution will play an 18-game conference schedule, facing five member institutions both home and away and playing the eight remaining schools once. Of the single-play opponents, member institutions will play four at home and four on the road.

The 2023-24 Big Ten Conference women’s basketball season will culminate March 6-10, 2024, with the 31st Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be played for the second consecutive season at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Last year’s Big Ten Tournament set a record for total attendance (47,923), featured three of the 10 largest single-session crowds in tournament history, including a record-setting 9,505 fans for the championship game (won for the second year in a row by Iowa, 105-72 over Ohio State), and averaged 6,846 fans per session (the tournament’s highest attendance since 2008).

The Big Ten is coming off a historic 2022-23 season that saw a conference record-tying seven schools selected for the NCAA Tournament, winning a record-setting 13 NCAA postseason games and highlighted by Iowa’s run to the 2023 NCAA national championship game. In addition, the Big Ten made history by sending three teams (Iowa, Maryland and Ohio State) to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since the tournament debuted in 1982. Five Big Ten schools were ranked in the final Associated Press and WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association)/USA Today polls, including four of the top seven (No. 2 Iowa, No. 5 Maryland, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 7 Indiana) in the year-end coaches’ poll.

Indiana is the defending Big Ten champion, earning its first outright conference title last season (and first championship of any kind since a shared crown in 1983) with a 16-2 conference record, finishing one game ahead of Iowa and Maryland.

“There is an incredible amount of energy, enthusiasm and passion for Big Ten women’s basketball,” said Megan Kahn, Big Ten Vice President, Women’s Basketball. “Building off last season’s success, we have tremendous momentum and optimism about what lies ahead for the Big Ten in 2023-24. We are excited to unveil these matchups and hope our fans share in that excitement as we build toward what we believe will be another historic year for the conference.”

Six Big Ten schools are ranked or under consideration in the espnW “Way Too Early” Top 25 preseason poll for the 2023-24 season — No. 3 Iowa, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Indiana, No. 17 Maryland and No. 25 Nebraska, with Illinois also considered.

The complete list of Big Ten Conference single-play and home/away opponents follows, while dates, times and television coverage will be announced at a later date.

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