I like it. It's a little similar to the way the NFL creates their schedule where two of your games depend on where in the standings you finished the previous season.
Way Too Late B1G Men's Basketball Scheduling Idea
In the wake of today's 2013-2014 B1G Men's Basketball schedule release and the dislike that came with it, I thought of a new way to formulate a conference schedule. I tried to keep it balanced where the high-level teams play more high-level teams and the low-level teams play more low-level teams so there's no repeat of Wisconsin's/Ohio State's favorable one-offs.
I introduce to you tier scheduling. Taking the final standings of last year, I broke up teams into four three-team tiers, Tiers 1, 2, 3, and 4 obviously.
Now, once these teams are in tiers, it's time to set up which tiers will play the other tiers how many times. It is cumbersome to explain it in words so I will just show what I have in my spreadsheet
There might be a better way to balance this out, but I feel this does a decent job making sure good teams play more good teams with the occasional bad team and vice versa.
So what would this mean for Michigan this year? Here's a hypothetical schedule based on their tier 2 standing
When it came to the one-offs I picked teams with less of a recent history with Michigan so that's why they play Indiana once out of tier 1 but OSU and MSU twice, then Minnesota and Purdue once out of tier 3 but Illinois twice, etc.
I did this somewhat hastily so if there's any apparent flaws please point them out but I think I have everything squared away.
Obviously this kind of scheduling is too late because 1. 2013-2014 schedule is already done and 2. this is the final year of having 12 teams. But this was a fun "What If?" scenario I wanted to share.
I like this more than the real schedule for next season; it is definitely a more balanced schedule within tiers as top teams play all other top teams, etc. My only thoughts for improvement is that it benefits teams who did well in previous seasons, making it hard for a team to jump from tier 2 to tier 1. Michigan would have to play at IU and would get an extra home game against Nebraska while IU gets a home game against Michigan and has their road game against Ill/Minn/Pur (with the recent B1G depth that isn't so easy, but hypothetically it is an easier win than @IU). Expectation says IU would go 2-0 and Michigan would be 1-1.