The Big Ten released 2013-14 basketball single plays Tuesday. See who all 12 teams will face only once this winter in this post.
Illinois: Michigan, Purdue, at Northwestern, at Minnesota
Indiana: Ohio State, Iowa, at Purdue, at Minnesota
Iowa: Purdue, Nebraska, at Penn State, at Indiana
Michigan: Northwestern, Penn State, at Ohio State, at Illinois
Michigan State: Nebraska, Minnesota, at Purdue, at Wisconsin
Minnesota: Indiana, Illinois, at Michigan State, at Nebraska
Nebraska: Wisconsin, Minnesota, at Iowa, at Michigan State
Northwestern: Illinois, Penn State, at Ohio State, at Michigan
Ohio State: Michigan, Northwestern, at Wisconsin, at Indiana
Penn State: Iowa, Wisconsin, at Michigan, at Northwestern
Purdue: Indiana, Michigan State, at Illinois, at Iowa
Wisconsin: Ohio State, Michigan State, at Penn State, at Nebraska
Best draw: Wisconsin – The Badgers don’t travel to Ohio State or Michigan State, arguably the conference’s two top teams. This is huge, especially for a team that’s always involved in the Big Ten race and is dominant at home.
Worst draw: Iowa – A popular sleeper team, the Hawkeyes will have their work cut out for themselves, with a pair of games vs. Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Clearly, RPI won’t be an issue for Iowa in 2013-14.
Rivalries affected: One look at the list above, and it’s difficult not to notice that heated rivals Indiana and Purdue and Michigan and Ohio State only meet once. What a shame. I’ll say this: Whatever happens to the schedules once Maryland and Rutgers are added in 2014-15, protected rivalries must be adopted.
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