Penn State, UMass set for men's basketball, football games

January 23, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State and Massachusetts are set to renew their men's basketball and football series, meeting on the hardwood for the first time since they were both members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Nittany Lion football team also has added Ohio to a future schedule.

The Nittany Lions will travel to Amherst to meet the Minutemen during the 2021-22 basketball season and UMass will play in the Bryce Jordan Center during the 2022-23 campaign. On November 11, 2023, UMass will visit Beaver Stadium for the second gridiron meeting, with Penn State winning the previous contest in 2014.

Penn State leads the men's basketball series with UMass,13-10. The last meeting was during the 1990-91 season, the Nittany Lions' final campaign in the Atlantic 10, which ended with Penn State winning the A-10 Tournament. The squads met twice every season from 1982-83 through 1990-91 and first met during the 1976-77 campaign.

Penn State will host Ohio in Beaver Stadium on Sept.10, 2022 in the seventh meeting between the schools. The Nittany Lions lead the series, 5-1, but the Bobcats won the last contest in the 2012 opener.

With today's announcement, Penn State's football schedules are complete through the 2023 season. The Nittany Lions open 2022 with a Big Ten road game for the second consecutive season at Purdue (Sept. 3), host Ohio (Sept. 10), visit Auburn (Sept. 17) and host Central Michigan (Sept. 24) during non-conference play, resuming Big Ten action vs. Ohio State on Oct. 1.

In 2023, the Nittany Lions open the season hosting West Virginia (Sept. 2) for the first time since 1991. Penn State will host Delaware (Sept. 9) and open Big Ten play at Illinois (Sept. 16). Massachusetts (Nov. 11) concludes the non-conference slate in 2023.

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Penn State's first meeting with Virginia Tech in 2020 is amongst several marquee non-conference match-ups for the Nittany Lions from 2016-25, in addition to the nine-game Big Ten schedule:

  • Penn State began a four-game home-and-home series with Pitt in 2016. The Nittany Lions have defeated the Panthers the past two years and host Pitt on Sept. 14, 2019 in the 100th all-time meeting; 
  • Penn State and Virginia Tech meet for the first time in 2020 (away) and 2025 (home);
  • The Nittany Lions and Auburn play for the third and fourth time overall, but the first time in the regular season, in 2021 (home) and 2022 (away). Penn State posted a 43-14 win over the Tigers in the 1996 Outback Bowl and Auburn earned a 13-9 victory in the 2003 Capital One Bowl;
  • Penn State and West Virginia clash for the first time since 1992 and the 60th time overall in 2023 (home), with a 2024 contest in Morgantown.
Last Updated January 25, 2019