Big Ten announces next season's basketball matchups

Big Ten announces next season's basketball matchups
February 28, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Want to know your team's chances of winning the Big Ten regular-season title next year?

Well, a clue could have come in the form of next season's matchups, announced by the conference on Friday. The 2014-15 season will be the first Big Ten campaign played as a 14-team conference. Each team will play an 18-game schedule, playing five opponents twice (both home and away) and playing the other eight opponents once (either home or away).

While the schedule has yet to be released, these matchups indicate which schools will have the easiest and most difficult roads to a conference title, based on who has to play the harder teams more than once and who avoids tough road matchups.

Next season will also be the first as members of the Big Ten for Maryland and Rutgers. The two schools officially become part of the conference on July 1.

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Here is the list of matchups, per the Big Ten release:

Illinois Fighting Illini

Home: Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers

Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue

Indiana Hoosiers

Home: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State

Away: Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

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Iowa Hawkeyes

Home: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers

Away: Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue

Home/Away: Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Maryland Terrapins

Home: Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin

Away: Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Purdue

Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers

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Michigan Wolverines

Home: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin

Away: Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue

Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

Michigan State Spartans

Home: Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue

Away: Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern

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Minnesota Golden Gophers

Home: Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State

Home/Away: Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Home: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Rutgers

Away: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue

Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin

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Northwestern Wildcats

Home: Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue

Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rutgers

Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin

Ohio State Buckeyes

Home: Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Wisconsin

Away: Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue

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Penn State Nittany Lions

Home: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue

Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern

Home/Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Purdue Boilermakers

Home: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska

Away: Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Home: Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Away: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska

Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue

Wisconsin Badgers

Home: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue 

Away: Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers

Home/Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State