ESPN says the conference is splitting into two divisions for 2011
Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Minnesota make one division
Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois makes the other
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.
However, the Big Ten has not had complaints with its current 18-game conference schedule and could stick with that format.
Michigan State's going to dominate their division every single year in hoops. At least Purdue and IU are playing twice every year again.
Last edited by InspiredLebowski : 09-01-2010 at 02:24 PM.
As far as I can tell, it's merely speculation that the Big Ten would redo its basketball schedule like the SEC and Big XII do it, with home-and-aways with your football division and home-and-home alternating years with the other division.
Aesthetically it makes the most sense, I suppose, but I'm not convinced they'll shorten the conference schedule. Everyone seems to like it at 18 games.
Delany said the divisions do not apply to basketball, and that he does “not see any compelling reason,” to have divisions in basketball at all because the dynamic of the sport is so much different from football. He said if the league’s athletic directors decided they wanted divisions, he would be amenable to it, but that those would also be competitively balanced. The current divisions, which most notably, would provide a cakewalk for Michigan State with Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan, Nebraska and Minnesota as their division mates, would be “irrelevant,” as Delany put it.
He recruits "basketball" players. I know this is going to come off as racist, but it's not intended to be that way. Obviously, anytime you watch Wisconsin they've got 3 or 4 white guys on the court. Meaning they aren't going to beat anybody by "out-athleting" them Ryan's teams buy into his system of slowing the game way down, running the shot clock down under 10 second almost every possession, and getting a good shot. They also almost always have at least four players on the court that shoot the three ball and sometimes five. This year, too, they are an extremely good FT shooting team. I don't know the exact number but I know their team FT% is over 80.