Big Ten approves move to 20-game conference schedule


For the women's schedules, there will be 18 conference games that will allow teams to play five opponents twice and eight teams once. What's also true: A 20-game schedule will serve up more money-making opportunities for the Big Ten Network, which will add to its coveted inventory of live sports programming. "The new schedule will also include a regional component to increase the frequency of games among teams in similar areas".

The Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines will play just once this college basketball season.

The shift means playing more conference games in December this season.

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After the Big Ten scheduled all three of their in-state rivalries to play only one time each during the 2017-18 season, this is probably the right move in terms of conference scheduling. "As we get started, to be able to be on the forefront a couple of times a year is unbelievable for the state".

According to a release from the conference, the new format for men's basketball will feature teams playing seven opponents twice and six teams once (three home, three away) during each conference season.

Indiana's trend as a program is upwards, there's no question about it. The task now for IN is to make the jump into the top tier of the Big Ten and make an NCAA tournament run.

Seniors Tyra Buss (18.2 ppg, 4.6 apg) and Amanda Cahill (14.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg) are among the conference's premier offensive players and freshman wing Jaelynn Penn will be one of the best freshmen in the Big Ten. After finishing fourth in each of the last two seasons, can the Hoosiers climb the standings to challenge Ohio State and Maryland? The reason? The league will hold its tournament at Madison Square Garden for the first time and because the Big East is contractually locked in to play its league tournament in the days leading up to Selection Sunday, the Big Ten will play at MSG a week prior to the Big East.