Feb 27, 2014; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers fans during the second half of the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Assembly Hall. Indiana won 93-86. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Reaction to Indiana Basketball's Big Ten Schedule

Get excited Hoosier fans! We are one step closer to tip-off of Hoosier basketball as the Big Ten schedule was released earlier today. Here’s a look at who IU will face in the conference season. The action starts on New Year’s Eve.

12/31/14: at Nebraska

1/5/15: at Michigan State

1/10/15: vs. Ohio State

1/13/15: vs. Penn State

1/18/15: at Illinois

1/22/15: vs. Maryland

1/25/15: at Ohio State

1/28/15: at Purdue

1/31/15: Rutgers

2/3/15: at Wisconsin

2/8/15: vs. Michigan

2/11/15: at Maryland

2/15/15: vs. Minnesota

2/19/15: vs. Purdue

2/22/15: at Rutgers

2/25/15: at Northwestern

3/3/15: vs. Iowa

3/7/15: vs. Michigan State

Observations

  • Indiana faces conference newcomers Rutgers and Maryland twice. The Rutgers matchup isn’t very enticing, but Maryland is a whole different story. Let the talk of a national championship rematch begin! Maryland is a program with history, so this could turn into a great rivalry for years to come.
  • The Hoosiers don’t get an easy start to the Big Ten season. Beginning the slate against Nebraska and Michigan State, let alone on the road, will be tough on the Hoosiers. They do come home for the next two contests, but Ohio State and Penn State are no slouches. Remember, the Nittany Lions beat IU in Assembly Hall last season.
  • While the first four games are a tough set, the four after represent the roughest part of the schedule. The Hoosiers make three road trips (Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue), and the lone home game is against the Terrapins, not a guaranteed victory. The last two trips the Hoosiers have made to Illinois have resulted in losses. The Buckeyes are dynamite in Columbus, and we all remember what happened a season ago when IU visited Mackey Arena. Expect the Hoosiers to be road weary after this section of the schedule.
  • Overall, you really can’t complain if you are Indiana. The Hoosiers get Rutgers twice and play Michigan and Iowa just once, under their own roof. Out of 18 games, the Hoosiers should be able to manage 10-11 wins, good enough to put be in good position for an NCAA tournament bid.
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