Why cant we just add 2 more Big Ten games or keep our rivalries alive? As the Purdue football team begins its season on Saturday, today it takes back seat to the basketball team because the schedule came out today.
Of course, we have known about the Wooden Tradition game vs Davidson for sometime and the ACC/Big Ten Challange game at Mackey vs Duke since April but Purdue plays IU ONCE this year! The first year in a long time that we would beat them at Assembly Hall and we only are going to hand theirs to them once! Oh well, I guess it helps our RPI in the long run/
Non conference games include the teams involved in the Preseason NIT, one away game at Ball State, games against instate D-1 teams such as Indiana State, IPFW, and Valparaiso, and two exhibiton games against Florida Southern and Northern State starting Halloween night.
The all important Big Ten contests start on December 30 vs Illinois and ends at Michigan State March 7 or 8th opening up the chance for a possible national CBS televised game to decide the big ten champ. Purdue will only play Minnesota once in Big Ten play other than IU.
Set ESPN, ESPN 2, and CBS dates include:
12-2 Duke Mackey Arena CBS
12-30 Illinois Mackey Arena ESPN 2
1-11 Wisconsin Mackey Arena CBS
1-15 At Northwestern Welsh-Ryan Arena ESPN or ESPN 2
1-22 At Minnesota Williams Arena ESPN or ESPN 2
1-27 At Wisconsin Kohl's Center ESPN
1-31 Michigan Mackey Arena CBS
2-3 At Ohio State Value City Arena ESPN
2-8 At Illinois Assembly Hall CBS
2-17 Michigan State Mackey Arena ESPN
2-26 At Michigan Crisler Arena ESPN or ESPN 2
That means at least 11 games of National Exposure! Now who is the king of Indiana!
After taking a look into the schedule, considering everything goes right, Purdue could go into Big Ten play with 1 or even no losses. Wisconsin will be wanting blood at Wisconsin and Michigan State will be the team to beat but Purdue has the talent to beat these teams. My early pick to win the Big Ten is Michigan State because they have more expierence and possibly more talent (I will know after watching them in person at IPFW in Fort Wayne in November). Yes they lost Neitzel but with Morgan, Grey, Lucas, and Suton leading the way, it could be a magic season for the Spartans.
You can find the whole schedule at http://purduesports.cstv.com/sports
Look for more posts as the jack-o-lanterns start to pop out and the weather becomes cooler in Northern Indiana. Tomorrow I will look into the upcoming football contest vs Northern Colorado.