The 2014-15 Big Ten conference schedule was released on BTN Thursday evening, which means Illinois' complete schedule is set. Here it is:
The headlines of conference play include the opener @ Michigan (Dec 30), @ Ohio State (Jan 4), Indiana (Jan 18), @ Michigan State (Feb 7), Michigan (Feb 12), @ Wisconsin (Feb 15), and Michigan State (Feb 22).
For more on the non-conference schedule, view "2014-15 Illinois Basketball Non-Conference Schedule"
For a complete list of the 2014-15 B1G schedule, visit BTN.com
Like Football, the conference match-ups will continue to rotate on a yearly basis. Here's how it shakes out for the Illini this upcoming season:
Home and away opponents (double play): Michigan, Michigan St, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Purdue
Home only: Indiana, Maryland, Penn St., and Rutgers
Away only: Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio St., Wisconsin
In addition to the schedule, changes to the Big Ten tournament were also announced. The tournament, which will take place in Chicago, will now be played across 5 days. The 11-14 seeds will now play in the opening round on the first day, while seeds 5-10 get a "bye", and seeds 1-4 receive a "double-bye". Here's the new bracket: