By Press Release Submitted to Published Sep 06, 2017 at 2:32 PM Photography: David Bernacchi

The Milwaukee men's basketball program will open the 2017-18 regular season with a pair of games at UWM Panther Arena at the end of December and feature a heavy dose of home games in January, according to the Horizon League schedule released today by the league office.

First-year head coach Pat Baldwin will get conference play underway with a pair of games at UWM Panther Arena, hosting Oakland Dec. 28 and Detroit Dec. 30 to close out the 2017 portion of the calendar.

The month of January opens with one of the longest stretches on the road in recent memory, facing a pair of matchups in Ohio to begin 2018. First up is Youngstown State Jan. 4, followed by Cleveland State Jan. 6.

A midweek contest at league newcomer IUPUI awaits Jan. 10, followed by a short trip down to Chicago to take on UIC Jan. 12. The final stop of the five-game road trip sees the Panthers head to Green Bay Jan. 15.

It's back home then for an important stretch, as UWM plays six consecutive games downtown at UWM Panther Arena. Matchups with Northern Kentucky Jan. 18, Wright State Jan. 20, the rematch with YSU Jan. 25, Cleveland State Jan. 27 and the Flames Jan. 29 round out the month.

Conference play enters its final month with Milwaukee hosting Green Bay Feb. 2.

The team takes to the road next, taking on NKU Feb. 8 and Wright State Feb. 10. The final home game pits the Panthers against IUPUI Feb. 16, with the last road swing priming the squad for the postseason and "Motor City madness" with a trip to Michigan to battle Detroit Feb. 22 before closing out the season at Oakland Feb. 24.

Milwaukee's nonconference schedule was released earlier this summer. Season tickets are on sale now for the 2017-18 Milwaukee basketball season and can be ordered by calling (414) 229-5886.

For the full Panthers schedule, click here.