- vs Iowa
- vs minnesota
- vs Nebraska
- vs Wisconsin
- at indiana
- at Maryland
- at Penn State
- at Purdue
- vs illinois/at illinois
- vs state/at at state
- vs Northwestern/at Northwestern.
- vs Ohio/at Ohio
- vs Rutgers/at Rutgers
Looks favorable as of now.
Only OSU should be a top contender of the 5 teams we play home and home. They have some serious recroooots coming in but will be very young though. MSU is going to have Valentine, Dawson and a bunch of "weird guys".
Can't do much about the 1 offs - I think Wiscy, OSU and UM will all be in contention next year. Wisconsin has the "easiest" schedule but we cannot complain.
Not sure on Maryland yet, they look like they are very up and down - played Duke and Syracuse close but blown out some other games.
Maryland could be decent next year given they're not losing much, have a top 10 (247) class coming in and of course, Smot.
My initial thought was favorable too. But that could change, particularly with regard to Illinois, who should be much better next season. It's also conceivable that Purdue will be a top 25 team, and I can see Northwestern putting together a bubble team next year too. On the other hand, State should be down next season, and Rutgers sucks.
Right now (i.e., too soon), I see 5 losses as being the dividing line between a good season and a disappointing conference season.
Not sure why the welp. I agree with Padog - looks pretty favorable to me too
Home: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin
Away: Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue
Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutger
Welp is directed at the single game AT indiana.
Vonleh is gone, so they're left with Ferrell and some highly rated guys who haven't played well this season and are still very unproven. Assemly Hall is a beast in its own right but that game is definitely winnable.
It was absolutely winnable this year as well. Like you said, Assembly Hall is a beast. Insane crowd and home cooked calls like no other in our conference. I'd rather do just a road game at pretty much any other B1G arena (yes, even Breslin, VCA and Kohl's).
Assembly Hall put a curse on Michigan long ago. And it's restricted to Michigan. Indiana could be 0-14 and Michigan could be #1 and I'd STILL pick us to lose in that building.
Plenty of B1G teams went into Assembly this year and won, including Northwestern and Penn State. Indiana looked so lifeless and shot about 25% in those games. But then Michigan comes to town and all of the sudden they look like world beaters. This same cycle has happened plenty of times over the years. Fuck that building, that team and especially their coach.
Those are 4 good teams (away arenas ) to avoid. As for the away only games, there is bound to be at least one difficult team.
seems quite favorable. I like a one and done with Wisco at home very much.
I remember that was thrown about as a possibility - there were some surveys last year from the AD on if fans thought that was a good idea or not.
Home: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin
Away: Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue
Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers
Big fan of the home/road split.
Looking at all the teams I do not see a clear advantage for any one team who may have an actual chance on winning the BIG.
Wisconsin doesn't have double plays against any of the other league powers (I would classify as M/MSU/OSU/Wisconsin) though they do have to go to us and OSU as single plays.
It seems like Wisconsin always has the most favorable schedule for basketball...
As a fellow Tate myself, I really appreciate your username.
The schedule would really suck the following year if the home/road is reversed.
Looks to me like Staee has an even easier schedule. And I'm not crazy about playing at Indiana with no reciprocity. But could definitely be worse.
Wisconsin clearly has the easiest schedule out of all the big dogs and will be preseason top 10 w/ Dekker back.
We have a favorable schedule which means I hope we schedule another challenging OOC schedule.
No Trohl Center!
Going to miss out on seeing the Grateful Red.
Oh also, poor damn Northwestern.
I would agree with what a few have said - this looks rather favorable, much more so than this year. Then again, 12-3 in the conference at this point in the season is probably somewhat ahead of what most of us thought back in October, so if we're playing at the same or a similar level next season, I rather like what that could become. Obviously, no data yet, but still nice to think about.
Damn. I was hoping to have only one meeting with MSU in Ann Arbor, but it will be fun to beat them twice in a season again.
Dude we want to be sweeping MSU as much as possible with the greatest coach their school will ever have. That team next year will be Dawson, Valentine, Costello, Kaminski, and Trice with someone like Alvin Ellis as the 6th man and 2 freshman. The only guy who can create his own shot on that whole squad is Dawson. That is exactly when we want to be playing them twice. It will be considered an upset IMO if we lose to them if we bring everyone back but Nik next year....their house or ours. I am sure Izzo will still make them into a tournament team but its like a 6th place Big 10 team next year.
Even Sparty fans are coming to grips with that. One reason why they are so desperate to make the final four this year.
And, by the way, when did Dawson learn to create his own shot?
As of now it looks like the toughest road games will be at Purdue (I think they will be pretty good next year if everyone stays) and at OSU. If Vonleh ends up staying at IU (doubtful) they will be good next year as well. All in all, that looks like pretty manageable road schedule.
I still think @ MSU would be considered the toughest road game, even with how well we've played there.
Maybe but unless Izzo has one of his best coaching years ever, I don't think MSU will be that good next year. As much as we joke about Dawson, how good can a team be when he is their #1 option?
Maybe, I just think with some time to play together, a lineup of Trice-Ellis-Valentine-Dawson-Costello is still better than what Purdue would put out there. But then again, Valentine would be the only player able to create his own shot on the whole team. We shall see.
I think that basically is a Purdue type lineup minus an NBA big like Hammons. I also think Purdue will have a lot more depth than MSU next year, though Iowa has proven that depth isn't always a good thing.
Crean got Zeller to stay. I wouldn't be so sure on Vonleh. Even without him, they will be a tough out.
Remember two months ago when everyone thought Wisconsin had an unfair schedule advantage based on their one-offs? I'll withhold judgement on the competitive advantages of these schedules until we're into next year's conference play.
WIsconsin did have an unfair schedule advantage, they just didn't take advantage of it.
Cool, cheated out of that OSU return game in Ann Arbor.
Uhh, OSU comes to Ann Arbor next year....
Favorable, but I hate how we'll only play five of our 13 conference opponents twice. That's just ridiculous. If you're going to expand to 14 teams, you've got to play more than 18 games.
They should add 2 more conference games and remove 2 games in the nonconference. Those games are usually a snoozefest and r never an indication of how good the team really is. We don't need to play coppin st, HC, umass Lowell and HB. Conference games get waayy more buzz anyways
That's a great schedule IMO. Playing Rutgers, NW twice is a great deal and playin OSU and MSU twice should be expected. Playing nebraska, iowa, minneosta, and wisconsin once each at home is perfect. Only game that bothers me is single road game against the Hoosiers
Didn't see anyone mention it, but it looks like we don't get Smotrycz's return to Crisler next year. That could have been interesting.
From the office?
I basically already forgot about that guy
Those guys in the Maize Rage should break out the lobster costumes once more for old times.
We only played OSU once this year. At their place. I thought we would play them only once next year, too, hosting.
weird, due to expansion?
Nothing scares me about that schedule. We have the coaches and recruit the players to compete at a high level. That schedule is just par for the course in the B10 nowadays.
I'm pretty happy about not having to go to Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska and if I had typed that one year ago all of you would've been like "one of these things is not like the others" and I don't know about you guys, but Imma gonna be the world's biggest Nebraska fan when they host Wisconsin at the end of the season.
Illinois and Minnesota.
gets far and away easiest schedule.
Too bad we won't get smot at home.
It would of been nice to see the lobsters one more time.
I know he left but he was part of the Michigan turnaround and helped us win a big ten championship.