Twenty conference games in a season for Big Ten basketball teams?
It could soon be a reality, according to a recent article by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. In the story, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said there have been discussions about the conference moving from an 18-game to a 20-game league schedule. Tom Izzo sounds even more confidently it will happen.
“I personally see us going to a 20-game schedule,” the Michigan State coach said to ESPN. “I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to happen — and I’m not overly against it.”
The Big Ten has already reportedly made a change to its conference schedule for the 2017-18 season. The league will have all 14 teams play two conference games in early December to accommodate the conference tournament in New York City, according to NBC Sports. The conference tournament will be held a week earlier than usual in 2018 so Madison Square Garden can host both the Big Ten and Big East Tournaments.
Under the typical 18-game conference schedule, league play starts during the last week in December.