The Big Ten Conference announced their preliminary 2015-16 basketball schedule on Monday, and it looks like the Fighting Illini may have gotten a favorable draw. While it'll be a few more weeks until concrete dates get announced for these matchups, we finally know how many times Illinois will play each program.
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Home: IOWA, MD, MICH, MSU, MINN, NU, OSU, PSU, WIS
Away: IND, IOWA, MD, MICH, NEB, NU, PSU, PUR, RUT
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I'm not too excited about those home fixtures (more on that in a second), but I think Illinois really lucked out with their multi-play opponents. While Northwestern and Penn State should have better years than they're accustomed to, they're still going to wind up in the bottom half of the standings. Plus, I'm expecting both Iowa and Maryland to take huge steps backward next season.
The away schedule sets up some nice resume-building chances at Indiana, Purdue, and Nebraska. I don't like getting Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin at home because I'd prefer to have Illinois' easier games take place at the State Farm Center; that helps guarantee home results while creating opportunities for quality wins on the road. But avoiding East Lansing and Madison is never a completely terrible thing.
So, yeah, that's how it'll shape up for the Fighting Illini this Winter. How do you think Illinois will do? Let us know in the comments.
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