Report: Big Ten to announce six-team divisions

  • 09/01/2010 2:19 pm in

You knew it was coming, but now, the details have apparently been leaked. According to this report on ESPN.com, the Big Ten will announce two six-team divisions on Wednesday.

The details:

Multiple sources told ESPN.com that the two divisions in the Big Ten will look like:

– Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern and Minnesota.

– And Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois.

In men’s basketball, according to sources, the Big Ten is expected to play a 16-game conference schedule by taking a model similar to those used by the Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference. In those leagues, teams play each division opponent twice and then single games — three at home and three on the road — against teams in the opposing division.

These divisions have clearly been formed with football, football and more football in mind, but from a basketball perspective, the road back to the top of the conference just got tougher for IU.

Traditionally, four of the six best programs in the conference (sans IU) are grouped with the Hoosiers. And even though the 16-game schedule is not yet a done deal, it’s looking unlikely that a chance to beat up on Nebraska or Iowa twice per season will happen again.

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  • stonaroni

    Ridiculous as far as basketball is concerned. Who is the powerhouse with MSU? Oh, there isn’t one.

    IU would have to face Purdue who has a strong program and good coach, OSU who is an elite program with a great coach, Wisconsin who has an outstanding coach and can beat anyone, and Illinois who is consistently tough in B10.

    Mich, NW, Minn, Iowa, and Neb have a long way to go to be considered a top tier team in the B10.

  • Anonymous

    This is absolutely insane when it comes to basketball, Michigan St. is the only power in their division. how the hell can they put IU, PU, Wisc, OSU, and ILL in the same division and say that’s cool. Why not swap Wisconsin and Northwestern and make it some what competitive? North Division- Michigan, Michigan St, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. South Division- Ohio St. Penn St., Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, and Northwestern. I think that’s a whole heck of a lot better and it doesn’t do anything different to rivalries that was talked about with the cross rivals and makes both divisions competitive in football and basketball. whats your guys take on this?

  • Anonymous

    This is absolutely insane when it comes to basketball, Michigan St. is the only power in their division. how the hell can they put IU, PU, Wisc, OSU, and ILL in the same division and say that’s cool. Why not swap Wisconsin and Northwestern and make it some what competitive? North Division- Michigan, Michigan St, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. South Division- Ohio St. Penn St., Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, and Northwestern. I think that’s a whole heck of a lot better and it doesn’t do anything different to rivalries that was talked about with the cross rivals and makes both divisions competitive in football and basketball. whats your guys take on this?

  • Anonymous

    Would these even apply to basketball? Kellenberger over at the Scoop seems to imply in his comment that they’re football-only. I would assume that because of the necessity of having the conference championship game. Or maybe I’m just hopeful that it’s just for football so we can play Iowa and Nebraska twice a year for a few more years.

  • Anonymous

    These divisions are idiotic for football let alone basketball. The B10 has really screwed up a very simple process. An East/West division is the only thing that makes sense competitively, financially, geographically for rivalries and it is simple- but since consultants don’t earn money with that approach we get this cobbled together mess.

    A division should have some meaning but these have none. They are artificial and bland in the name of ‘competitiveness’ -yeah that’s worked out real well for the ACC in football. So Michigan-OSU is no longer the last game of the season. Nebraska and Mich State are in the same division, but Wisconsin and Iowa, Minnesota aren’t. Brilliant. It wasn’t broke- and they fixed it anyway. Based on this I have a very bad feeling the basketball arrangement will be terrible too.
    Way to go Delany you fool.

  • Basmith092000

    The 5th best team in IU’s division each year could easily be the 6th best team in the conference. MSU’s division is cake. UofM, NW, Minn and Iowa can be considered a top team in the conference about once every 5 years. Nebraska in basketball is about the equivalent of IU in football…probably not that good.

    They need to switch Michigan and Wisconsin.

  • Basmith092000

    The 5th best team in IU’s division each year could easily be the 6th best team in the conference. MSU’s division is cake. UofM, NW, Minn and Iowa can be considered a top team in the conference about once every 5 years. Nebraska in basketball is about the equivalent of IU in football…probably not that good.

    They need to switch Michigan and Wisconsin.

  • RT

    To me, it would make much more sense and provide much more competitive balance for both football and basketball if you were to swap Wisconsin and Illinois for Iowa and Northwestern so the divisions look like this:

    – IU, PU, OSU, PSU, Iowa, and Northwestern
    – MSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wiscy, Illinois

    That gives you 3 football powers (OSU, PSU and Iowa in one and Michigan, Nebraska, and Wiscy in the other) and 3 basketball powers (IU, OSU, and PU in one and MSU, Wiscy and Illinois in the other) in each division.

  • RT

    To me, it would make much more sense and provide much more competitive balance for both football and basketball if you were to swap Wisconsin and Illinois for Iowa and Northwestern so the divisions look like this:

    – IU, PU, OSU, PSU, Iowa, and Northwestern
    – MSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wiscy, Illinois

    That gives you 3 football powers (OSU, PSU and Iowa in one and Michigan, Nebraska, and Wiscy in the other) and 3 basketball powers (IU, OSU, and PU in one and MSU, Wiscy and Illinois in the other) in each division.

  • Andrew

    He doesn’t imply…he says “football” when asked if the divisions are for both sports or just football. Sure hope he’s right.

  • millzy32

    Gotta beat the best to be the best. I say bring it on. There will be a good division and a bad division for now but cycles occur. When I was growing up Wisconsin was terrible at Football and Basketball and Michigan was great at both. I’m not 100 I’m 36 so it really wasn’t that long ago. Iowa also had a strong basketball program but their football was weak. Michigan State was pretty much middle of the road in both sports which they still are in football but Izzo single handedly changed their basketball status. IU was great at basketball and better than they are now at football. Purdue was decent at BBall and average in FB. Ohio State was always great at Football but never a power in Basketball and I still wouldn’t consider them one because the fan base is really non-existent for the sport.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that the divisions will even apply to basketball. Are you sure that they will?

  • BornRed

    This is all about football. With those divisions, there is no way that it has an impact on basketball. Look at the balance of power, who would agree to it? The Big Ten is not that dumb.

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    The only thing that doesn’t make sense to me is WISC being in with us instead of NW (or possibly MICH)? You’d think they would flip flop those two teams because Minn/Wisc is a pretty traditional rivalry! That would also even out the divisions a little bit from a standpoint of competitiveness in both football and basketball.

    I’m not sure what they’re thinking there!!!

  • Anonymous

    I call bulls**t.

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    That would also give MSU a competitor in that division in basketball!!!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Wow. This just in, Michigan State has won the Big Ten for every season in the next 5-10 years. As long as Izzo is at MSU, the Spartans will dominate that division. On the bright side, our Hoosiers won’t have to worry about SOS. They will be very battle-tested come tournament time. The road to the top got tougher.

  • BornRed

    Well the divisions only impact football, and I don’t see how flipping Wisconsin with Northwestern helps competitiveness. Wisconsin and Minnesota is a protected rivalry.

  • BaseballBuc

    Whoa whoa whoa. I thought the divisions were just for football. Since when are they for basketball too?

  • BornRed

    They are not. Divisions only apply to football. Delaney did say that they can look at basketball in the future if the Big Ten coaches and ADs want to.

  • Anonymous

    honestly, this is as good as I could hope for. I like it. If Iu wins their division, they are without a doubt best in conference. I wouldn’t want to have to play nebraska and iowa twice. thats lame.

    1 week ago, when the schedule came out everyone was whining about not having enough nationally televised or espn broadcasted games. IU vs OSU, ILL PU and WISC are big time matchups that will be broadcasted at least 75% of the time on big time networks. Recruits around the nation watch these games. MSU will be a mainstain on the BTN. I’ll give that to sparty.

    As far as football…it’s gonna be tough, really tough. Bill Lyncvh has his work cut out.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • BaseballBuc

    Ok, that’s what I thought. I got a little worried when I read that they would use the divisions in basketball too.

  • millzy32

    IU football’s cupcake of all cupcake schedules will help in the win column this year. The facilities have had substantial upgrades over the last few years (you build it they will come). I think IU football is actually on the rise and I have some higher hopes. Lynch has been able to red shirt guys to get them stronger and more big ten ready by the time they hit the field. He’s also getting better recruits. They are on the rise. Would love to see them winning 8-9 games a year starting this year.

    Go Hoosiers.

  • Aq873

    How come nobody ever reports on the correlation between stadium size and football success?

    Also, how can it be fair for a program with 50,000 seat stadium to try to compete with programs with 110,000 seat stadiums?

    Big Ten Stadiums

    Michigan 109,901
    Penn State 107,282
    OSU 102,329
    Nebraska 81,067
    Wisconsin 80,321
    MSU 75,025
    Iowa 70,585
    Illinois 62,872
    Purdue 62,500
    Minnesota 50,805
    Indiana 50,180
    Northwestern 49,256

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_football_stadiums_by_capacity