While the Big Ten meetings are still in full swing, the conference basketball schedule took form as the new rotation of single-plays for the 2014 season were announced this afternoon. Penn State's draw seems to be a favorable one, as the Nittany Lions will face Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Northwestern just once next season.
Penn State will host Iowa and Wisconsin in the BJC, while taking on Michigan and Northwestern on the road in 2014.
In years past, these single-play rotations would last two years with the locations being swapped the following year. But with Maryland and Rutgers joining the conference in 2015, it seems unlikely that will be the case with this year's draw. You can find the full list of single plays over at UMHoops.com.
Only seeing Northwestern on the schedule once is a bummer, but Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin all look like NCAA tournament teams. The Lions finally won't have to take the dreaded trip to the Kohl Center and with Iowa poised to make a major run next year, avoiding Carver-Hawkeye could also be a blessing.
The official conference schedule with dates and times won't be released until late summer, but PSU's 2013-2014 schedule continues to come together. With the announcement of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last week and today's single-plays, 25 of Penn State's 31 opponents next year are known.
The non-conference already features 2 games at the Barclays Center Classic (Georgia Tech/St. John's/Ole Miss), at Pittsburgh in the ACC Challenge, vs UPenn (at the Palestra), at Duquesne, La Salle, and Bucknell. The Bucknell 2-for-1 series was originally signed to have PSU in Lewisburg this fall, but the contract was tweaked to have the Bison returning to the BJC again in 2013. Penn State will travel to Bucknell in 2014-2015.
Six games remain unknown in PSU's non-conference schedule and while they are likely to be guarantee home games, David Jones reported last week that PSU is debating a west coast trip to face either a Mountain West or Pac-12 school. He also mentioned some possible opponents in James Madison, Miami (OH), and Marshall, all of which would be good from an RPI-standpoint. Of course, many are still wondering if the Rec Hall throwback game will become a reality. The non-conference slate will be announced when all the contracts are signed. As of two weeks ago, PSU was still looking for two home games to fill in December.
Follow @BSDtweet on Twitter
And join us on Facebook
All BSD community members should review our current Posting & Commenting Policies before creating any posts or commenting.