2023-24 schedule finalized after Big Ten reveal

what about hardest in the Large Ten Conference of Champions


Arizona has Duke/MSU/Wisconsin/Purdue/Alabama
Wisconsin has Tennesse/Providence/Virginia/Marquette/Arizona and either SMU/WVA
Purdue has Gonzaga/ either Tenn/Syr and one more in Maui/Alabama/Arizona
Alabama has Ohio St/Purdue/Creighton/Arizona/Clemson/Oregon or Santa Clara

Seems odd that we have a bye in the final week of the season after @OSU and before Nebraska at home. At least we only have one away senior night this year (@OSU), but that is a pretty rough one.

Doesn’t seem like we have any impossible stretches or easy stretches in conference play this year, which is probably good for rhythm purposes.

As far as the league schedule, probably depends how you see teams. Should be one of the more difficult ones though with one game against Minnesota and two each against Purdue and MSU.

super duper. cool

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I really do think that’s a good thing though. Last year’s league schedule was very weak, the year before was much more difficult. Generally it is easier to make the NCAA Tournament with a more difficult league schedule.

Two wins against Minnesota doesn’t help your resume.

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Schedule takeaways:

  1. hard but eh, not a horrible year to have a hard schedule. Team will need quality win opportunities and it’s not like we’re playing for a banner where we need to limit losses

  2. if this goes south, it could go really south. There’s like 22 lose-able games on that schedule



A preliminary look at B10 schedule difficulty

Most Difficult
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Really depends on whether you are an old school “WIN LOSS RECORD IS ALL THE MATTERS” or you are someone who looks at resume/KP/etc.

The U-M team two years ago was significantly better than the team this year and was able to make the NCAA Tournament because of the hard schedule.

The most obvious reason to not have a hard schedule in modern college basketball is because a coach has some sort of archaic view of job security that “winning 20 games” is enough to keep them employed. You don’t want to be that coach.

I will definitely say that it feels like U-M has embraced optimizing SOS as far as adding pretty solid buy games. Looking at potentially only 3 Q4 games on the schedule and I wouldn’t be shocked if YSU or McNeese is better than that.

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Feel like right now this is “how many times do you play Purdue and how many times do you play Minnesota?”.

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I’d say so. Purdue’s still clearly the best team for me and Minnesota is a pretty clear #14.

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And the spread between almost every other team in the league is very narrow.

Five and zero


What happens to the sixth game?

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Covid cancel

Specifically out of that stretch, the Indiana/at Iowa to start B1G play is much, much harder than we have seen recently. Really have to find a way to get at least one of those.

I thought the same. Wasn’t hard to find some stretches where it could get ugly and then just spiral from there. The at Purdue, Iowa, at MSU stretch is bad and then follow up with 2 grinders at home with Rutgers and Wisconsin isn’t a picnic. That could be a stretch in February where you are playing yourself off the bubble. :grimacing:

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Very similar to Howard’s first year, as I mentioned in the story today. Absolutely gotta win that home game against IU.