Report: 2017-18 Big Ten double-plays revealed

  • 07/20/2017 6:53 pm in

According to a report from Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, the five opponents Indiana will face twice in the 2017-18 regular season are Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State.

For the third time in the last five seasons, Indiana will reportedly not have a home-and-home with Purdue. The in-state rivals met at least twice in each campaign from 1974-75 through 2000-01.

Other rivals that will meet just once in the 2017-18 regular season include Michigan and Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and Illinois and Northwestern.

As for the Hoosiers’ rumored mirror opponents this upcoming season, only Michigan State and Minnesota are expected to be contenders for the conference crown. Both return the majority of their key players from 2016-17 and are projected to begin the season as AP Top 25 teams.

Meanwhile, both Illinois (Brad Underwood) and Ohio State (Chris Holtmann) will be in their first seasons under new head coaches. Iowa, while still under the management of Fran McCaffery, will have to find a way to replace first team All-Big Ten guard Peter Jok.

Dates and locations for the Big Ten have not yet been revealed.

Below are the reported mirror opponents for the other 13 Big Ten teams, as reported by Rothstein:

Illinois: Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Wisconsin.

Iowa: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Maryland: Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, and TBD.

Michigan: Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Purdue.

Michigan State: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Rutgers, and Wisconsin.

Minnesota: Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Purdue.

Nebraska: Illinois, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin.

Northwestern: Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, and Wisconsin.

Ohio State: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, and Rutgers.

Penn State: Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Ohio State.

Purdue: TBD, Michigan, Minnesota, Rutgers, and Wisconsin.

Rutgers: Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Purdue.

Wisconsin: Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Purdue.

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  • mckillio

    This is your friendly reminder of how dumb having 14 teams in a conference is. Get rid of Maryland and Rutgers, go to 20 games, keep traditional rivals Home and Home and then rotate the rest. That’s only two schools we wouldn’t play twice in a season and much better than the current five H&H schedule.

  • John D Murphy

    Not bad.

  • I hate purdon’t

    Having to play izzo twice a year is horrible.

  • HoosierDawg

    AMEN to this…but of course it will never happen.

  • inLinE6

    This is a new Indiana era. MSU and Wisky games are no longer automatic.

  • Eli McNaughton

    More likely to add 2-4 more teams….

  • calbert40

    The schedule can be easily fixed by adding one more regular season game and splitting the league into two divisions of seven teams.

    Play your divisional opponents twice: 12 games. Play all others just once: 7 games. Nineteen games, balanced schedule.

    Get it done, B1G!!

  • marcusgresham

    You’d still end up either having to split IU/Purdue or Michigan/Michigan St., most likely.
    You obviously have Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Illinois in the west (we are officially deleting “Leaders” and “Legends” from the possibilities of names!) and Rutgers, Penn St., Maryland, and Ohio St. in the east.
    That means three of the remaining four go east and the other goes west.

  • marcusgresham

    But….but…..then the B1G Tournament can’t be held in D.C. or MSG. Oh, wait, OK. That still makes it a good idea!

  • marcusgresham

    OK Dudes. I’m going off topic and making a shameless plug here…I just found out Monday night, after trying for about 15 years, I’m going to be on Jeopardy! I tape either August 22 or 23.
    Don’t see any Purdue fans on there, now do we?!

  • TomJameson

    That’s fantastic Marcus! Be sure to keep us up to date on when your episode will be televised. If you get a chance, give a shout out to Romeo for IU. lol
    The very best of luck!

  • pcantidote

    Dare you to draw a little IU logo on the screen on Final Jeopardy.

  • TomJameson

    In IU’s 2016-17 season there was an average of 3.789 days between games. So 3-4 days with just a few gaps of 5-6 days. The B1G tournament takes place in 5 days, then the NCAA tournament starts like 4-5 days after that. Right now we play 18 regular season games. That is how things are now, the early start this year notwithstanding.

    Squeeze one more game in the regular season time frame to get to 19 games. Replace the B1G Tournament with 2 regular season games to get to 21 games. Keep the early start permanent and add 2 regular season games to get to 23 games.

    Play 9 teams twice, and only 5 teams once. Save all the rivalry games.

  • Sandra Wilson

    WEST- Iowa, Minn., Neb., Wis., MSU, Mich. NW——EAST- Ill., I.U., Purdue, OSU, Rut., PSU, Mary. The only rival game broken up is Ill. / NW and that’s not much of a rivalry (and it won’t be at all when Collins leaves). If you want it to even be more fair and interesting, switch divisions for the Michigan pair and the Indiana pair every two years. They are about the same longitude, so travel would be about the same. It will be a long time before it happens. Makes too much sense. We can’t expect that from those that run the B1G.

  • bball at nick’s

    There is nothing wrong with the present system. Every B1G game is a potential win or loss. I don’t see the sacred value of “rivalries”. Every game against another B1G is a rivalry. There will even come a day when Rutgers will rise. Rutgers is a great school and should stay. So is Maryland. We need that East Coast reach.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t know—that might be akin to having an IU bumper sticker on my car that would make him ineligible like Guy-Marc Michel.

  • marcusgresham

    If I don’t know the answer I may just write “Who is Alex Bozich?”

  • calbert40

    Yup, this is the main reason that I believe the B1G hasn’t done this yet. Our geography creates a problem, because some of the biggest rivalries are right in the middle. I think the conference could fudge a little bit, though. Here is what I would do:

    East: Rutgers, Maryland, PSU, OSU, UM, MSU, NW
    West: Indiana, PU, Illinois, Iowa, Wisky, Minny, Nebraska

    NW is close enough to that unseen border that I think it would work just fine. Also, historically speaking, the divisions are pretty balanced. Obviously, year to year it will be unbalanced from time to time, but over a decade, I think it is a fair split.

  • Matthew Moran

    Rutgers has no reach. We should have invited Cuse instead.

  • TomJameson

    Actually you’re probably right. NCAA is crazy nuts, and you know that would be more important than furnishing hookers to your recruits or having 15 years of fake classes.

  • Scary Larry Richardson

    If the B1G can protect rivalries in football, where the 14 teams don’t even play each other once per season, why can’t they do it in basketball and have one protected home-and-home between rivals every year? This makes zero sense. Even when football was an 8-game conference season, we had these matchups in the final “Rivalry week”:

    Michigan/Ohio State
    Nebraska/Iowa
    Michigan State/Penn State
    Minnesota/Wisconsin
    Illinois/Northwestern
    Rutgers/Maryland
    Purdue/Indiana

    Take these same matchups and make it happen, Big Ten. This is way too simple… I can’t figure out who would be against it or why.

  • bball at nick’s

    Because rivalries are not set in stone. You can’t lock in long term scheduling to preserve subjective rivalries. Rivalries come and go, just like nationalisms, LOL. And just like IU-UK.

  • bball at nick’s

    We could debate that, but at least we agree that we need the East Coast reach. Maybe Maryland needed the East Coast punching bag, LOL.

  • marcusgresham

    Illinois would probably welcome that, too. They’re probably going to be embarrassed to be losing two times a year to Northwestern as long as Collins is there.

  • Tim Priller Is My Spirit Anima

    They may not be set in stone, but they don’t just die in a couple years. IU-Purdue will be a rivalry 10 years from now and much longer, so it would make sense to long-term schedule the historic, well-known rivalries. I definitely wouldn’t say the rivalry between IU-UK is gone either, and with the friendship between Miller and Calipari, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think an agreement will be made within a couple years, whether that’s alternating home court or at a neutral site.

  • bball at nick’s

    I personally don’t care about the Purdue-IU rivalry and would much rather play against them once instead of twice per season.

  • Tim Priller Is My Spirit Anima

    I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on that one lol

  • Tim Priller Is My Spirit Anima

    If I could like that comment multiple times I would.

  • bball at nick’s

    Cool lol.

  • kaponya44

    Exactly! Other than a few holdover players and staff, this is no longer the most recent tenure.The lingering impressions from the recent past are understandable ,but team which did well against IU didn’t do so by magic ,and same for teams IU has fared well against.So many nuances to the game,that it will all realign differently with IU taking a different direction on the coach.Some things we’re familiar with will ultimately end up similar since Indiana is Indiana ,but at best all we can do is observe and speculate for now.