Big Ten reveals basketball matchups; IU and Purdue to meet only once

UPDATED 4:25 p.m.: Included comments from IU athletic director Fred Glass.

For the third time in the past five seasons, Indiana and Purdue will meet only once during the regular season.

But this kind of scheduling letdown may be about to change in the coming years.

The Big Ten on Monday released its men’s basketball opponent matchups for the 2017-18 season, and the Hoosiers and Boilermakers are set to play in Bloomington in the lone meeting between the in-state rivals this season.

However, this could be the last season that IU and Purdue meet just once in the regular season. Big Ten athletic directors held discussions in May about protecting the home-and-home nature of the rivalry, along with in-state showdowns between Michigan and Michigan State, and Illinois and Northwestern.

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass told The Herald-Times on Monday that he’s optimistic an agreement can be reached. Glass says he’s spoken with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, along with others in the conference, about securing regular season games in both Bloomington and West Lafayette each season.

Glass also credits Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski and his predecessor, Morgan Burke, for similarly championing the cause.

“I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to get that to be a protected series home and away similar to how it’s a protected annual game in football,” Glass said. “I just think it’s too important not to play home and away. Mike’s support has been valuable and I’m optimistic that we’ll get that done.”

Indiana also hosted the lone meeting with Purdue during the 2015-16 season, and traveled to West Lafayette for the only meeting with the Boilers during the 2013-14 season.

Over the years, as the conference has added Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers, teams no longer play every opponent twice. Now, conference teams only play five opponents twice during the league’s 18-game regular season. Expanding the conference season to 20 games — a topic that has been discussed in recent months — would allow teams to play seven opponents twice.

Although there’s no formal timeline for guaranteeing two games per season between IU and Purdue, Glass said it’s possible that the in-state rivalry could receive home and road protection in time for the 2018-19 season.

“(Bobinski) and I are both pushing to get it done as quickly as possible,” Glass said.

Elsewhere on its 2017-18 schedule, IU will have home-and-home matchups with Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State.

The Hoosiers will have single-play road matchups with Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers and Wisconsin, and will host single-play home games against the Boilers, Maryland, Northwestern and Penn State.

With this schedule, IU will face Maryland and Rutgers one time each for the third consecutive season. The Hoosiers will also face Ohio State and Michigan State twice during the regular season for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Michigan State is the preseason favorite to win the conference.

Since the Big Ten Tournament will be played a week earlier due to scheduling the event at Madison Square Garden, each conference team will play two league games during the first week of December.

Dates, times and television assignments for the full regular season schedule will be announced at a later date.

And as summer break nears an end, Indiana’s schedule is gaining even further clarity.

In addition to the conference slate, the Hoosiers will host Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 29. They’ll also travel to Louisville on Dec. 9 and will face Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis on Dec. 16.


Single Play in Bloomington:
Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue
Single Play on the Road: Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home-and-Home: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State

2 comments

  1. The traditionalists are dying off. How hard can it be? Some things you just preserve and not through it to the dogs. Total dumbness.

  2. Good news. Nice to see that the ADs voted to protect the rivalries in May. Sad that it took ADs having to point this out to Delaney’s office.

    I love our rivalry with Purdue. The Kentucky one was stripped from us as well. Get it back.

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