Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, September 16, 2014

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BTN released its 2014-15 Big Ten men's basketball schedule Tuesday afternoon, and the slate is full of great matchups. In all, BTN/BTN2Go will air 77 conference matchups and five Big Ten tourney games, both network records. See my top 10 games in this post.

10. Penn State at Wisconsin – Dec. 31, TBA

It's New Year's Eve, and it's the Big Ten opener for Wisconsin, the reigning national semifinalist and Big Ten favorite.

9. Purdue vs. Notre Dame (Indianapolis) – Dec. 20, 5:15 p.m. ET

In-state rivals battle in the always fun Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

8. Rutgers at Maryland – Jan. 14, 7 p.m. ET

The Big Ten's newest teams face off for the first time as Big Ten members.

7. Illinois vs. Oregon (Chicago) – Dec. 13, TBA

Pac-12 vs. Big Ten always is fun. Illinois also will be looking to avenge last year's loss in Portland.

6. Indiana at Maryland – Feb. 11, 9 p.m. ET

So much history for both of these teams, which, of course, met in the 2002 NCAA title game.

5. Creighton at Nebraska – Dec. 7, 7 p.m. ET

We saw Pinnacle Bank Arena rocking in its first year, and it should be up to Wisconsin-like decibels for this one.

4. Indiana at Purdue – Jan. 28, 9 p.m. ET

No matter how the two programs are faring, it's still Indiana vs. Purdue, one of the game's top rivalries.

3. Michigan State at Illinois – Feb. 22 – 7:30 p.m. ET

Did you know the Illini have won four of the last seven in this series?

2. Iowa State at Iowa – Dec. 12, 8 p.m. ET

A vastly underrated rivalry, Iowa has won three of the last four in the series at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

1. Indiana at Michigan State – Jan. 5, 7 p.m. ET

Yogi Ferrell and Branden Dawson could do a lot for their player of the year hopes in this one.

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