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Minnesota Basketball: Big Ten Basketball Schedule is Released, Rakeem Buckles Denied NCAA Waiver

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The Big Ten basketball schedule has been released and this is your Golden Gopher conference schedule...

Date Opponent H/A TV
2-Jan Michigan H
5-Jan Purdue H
8-Jan Penn State A
11-Jan Michigan State A
16-Jan Ohio State H ESPN2
19-Jan Iowa A
22-Jan Wisconsin H
26-Jan Nebraska A
1-Feb Northwestern H
5-Feb Purdue A
8-Feb Indiana H
13-Feb Wisconsin A ESPN/ESPN2
16-Feb Northwestern A
19-Feb Illinois H
22-Feb Ohio State A
25-Feb Iowa H
1-Mar Michigan A
8-Mar Penn State H
13-Mar Big Ten Tournament
14-Mar Big Ten Tournament
15-Mar Big Ten Tournament
16-Mar Big Ten Tournament

Thoughts...

  • As you know, with the 18-game B1G schedule there are 4 teams you play only once.  This year the Gophers will host Indiana and Illinois without having to make return trips.  And they will make one trip to Michigan State and Nebraska for the only meetings with those opponents.  It is a bummer we only get Nebraska and Illinois one time each but fortunate to only get Michigan State and Indiana once, so I guess the scheduling gods were neutral towards us this year.
  • Interesting that we almost bookend our season with games against Michigan.
  • My off the cuff predictions...4-4 in January, 5-3 in February and 1-1 in March for a 10-8 Big Ten record.  That might be a bit optimistic for a team reloading in the frontcourt but nothing horrifying jumps out with this schedule.
  • Lastly, it looks as thought Rakeem Buckles was denied his NCAA Waiver to be immediately eligible to play were he to transfer to Minnesota.  This is a blow to the frontcourt and now we just have to rely more heavily on others who need to step up.