Rejoice! For ye shall know the schedule

Finally.

This means Indiana might release its full schedule any second.

I eagerly await your e-mail, J.D. Campbell.

Looks like the Hoosiers will once again open the conference season in Iowa City, this time on Jan. 3. Should be warm. Also, the Hoosiers play Purdue just once again. This time at Mackey Arena.

Here’s the release . . . and the full Big Ten men’s basketball television schedule can be accessed by clicking right here.

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Park Ridge, Ill.—For the second consecutive year, every men’s basketball conference regular-season and tournament game will be nationally televised. The Big Ten Conference’s media agreements result in over 100 games appearing nationally on CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network.

The conference slate tips off on Tuesday, December 30, with Purdue hosting Illinois. The tilt will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. EST. The Big Ten Network will broadcast its first games of the conference season with a doubleheader on Wednesday, December 31.  Iowa travels to Ohio State for a 4 p.m. EST contest, while Minnesota hosts Michigan State in the second game at 6 p.m. EST.  ESPN will also air two contests that day—Northwestern travels to Penn State for a Noon EST tip and Michigan hosts Wisconsin at 2 p.m. EST.  CBS Sports will broadcast its first game of the Big Ten slate on Sunday, January 11, as Purdue plays host to Wisconsin.

The conference season concludes with the 12th annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, which is scheduled to take place Thursday through Sunday, March 12-15, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The Big Ten Network will carry Thursday’s opening game, one of three tournament contests appearing on the network along with a pair of Friday night quarterfinal matchups featuring the openers for the second and third seeds. ESPN2 will broadcast the remaining first round games on Thursday before ESPN carries the first two quarterfinal tilts on Friday. CBS Sports will televise the semifinal and championship games on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

6 comments

  1. Why cannot the conference adopt a 20-game schedule that allows for home and away contests with every conference opponent?! The current system does a tremendous disservice to the teams, fans, and conference rankings/championships. I’d gladly forgo UT-Chattanooga and UNC-Wilmington to bring Purdue and Illinois to Assembly Hall every year. While it might be convenient for football to go 2 seasons without seeing Michigan or Ohio St., basketball suffers because of this ridiculous system.

  2. Of all the teams in the big ten not to schedule for us to play twice, they pick our in-state rival… That makes no sense. If we can’t play every big team twice fine but it shouldn’t be our biggest rivalry game. Purdue should be etched in stone twice every season.

  3. CWS,

    I’ve said the same thing. I hate to use the SEC example, but in football, every team has 1 or 2 permanent rivals outside of division that they play every year. Example: Tennessee is in the East and Alabama is in the West. But, it’s been traditional for them to play the 3rd Sat. of October for decades, so they play every year, without exceptions. This isn’t a direct analogy, because the Big Ten doesn’t have divisions, but the idea could be applied. Make Purdue and Illinois Indiana’s permanent rival games and schedule a home and home every year. I don’t think anyone would mind playing Penn St, N’western or Minny 1 or 2 fewer times a decade in return for 2 games every year with our biggest rivals. Why the Big Ten higher-ups can’t/don’t understand this is beyond me. It’s simple and numerous fans are calling for it, yet the conference leaders appear not to have a clue.

  4. We play Purdue and Illinois every year in football. I don’t see why we couldn’t do this for basketball as well.

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