The assumption was that divisions would only be for football in the Big Ten, but that didn't stop some from wondering out loud about a possible division setup for basketball as well. That won't be happening, at least according to a report by The Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Instead expect things to stay as they are moving forward. No divisions and 18 games.
Here's what Delany had to say on the subject to The Gazette:
“There’s no appetite for regional divisions in basketball,” Delany said. “I think 18 games is about right. I thought this year, as enjoyable as the season was, as competitive it was and as deep as it was, I thought players were really tired at the end of the year. I thought they got some of their legs back but they played so hard and each game was a physical and an emotional challenge and people were tired.”
Delany has a point about keeping the games at 18, but with 14 teams in the conference there are some interesting and potentially contentious points to be worked out.
For instance, how about Purdue and Indiana only playing each other once a year, like this upcoming season when they will only meet in West Lafayette?no comments