I don't think 3k under your average for 2 out of 18 home games will throw off your average significantly. It could impact perhaps two or three of the games listed, some were close to the average.
Impact of Spring & Winter Break On Bball Games
But you're cherry-picking by choosing that arbitrary date. We've since played Illinois at home and we're going to play MSU and Indiana at home soon. Meanwhile, we have no road games remaining against contenders.
You're basically complaining that our schedule was front-loaded, whereas teams like MSU and IU have a back-loaded schedule.
How is it not cherry-picking when you chose a cutoff date immediately before we started a very favorable stretch of the schedule?
Every contender has gone through or is going through a rough stretch in the schedule. Ours was a little earlier than everyone else's, yes, but now it's evening out. Incidentally, we only play 10 total games against the other contenders, while MSU plays 12. We're not the only team with a gripe.
The Big Ten has to find a way to give 12 teams an 18-game schedule. There are going to be imbalances in the schedule. As for whether our schedule was "wise," what does that matter? The Big Ten isn't supposed to favor anyone. It's not going to take pity on a team just because some guys graduated or transferred the year before.
Confirming everything people have said so far about tickets to these games, had to buy Sparty seperately but IU was included. Also confirming that these seats can not be sold online due to barcode restrictions. This is forcing people to sell them to fellow students who missed the deadline to order them due to the fact that the actual ticket needs to change hands.
Two years ago we played State at home over break and Crisler was absolutely rocking. I'm hoping the fact that this is an even bigger year for us and the increase in overall student interest will make it even better this year. My roommate and I were talking yesterday about how anytime we are playing sparty, no matter the sport, the crowd is more electric. It is simply a natural law of the universe.