Big Ten announces 2015-16 single plays

Dylan Burkhardt

The Big Ten announced its 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule this afternoon.

Michigan will play Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue twice next season.

The Wolverines will host Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Rutgers for single plays. For road single plays, Michigan will travel to Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin.

Michigan is also scheduled to play Penn State at Madison Square Garden on January 30th and that game will replace Penn State’s home game (H/T: Brendan Quinn), meaning the Nittany Lions will still travel to Ann Arbor.

Keep track of Michigan’s upcoming schedules on our Future Schedules page. Dates, tip times and broadcast information will not be released until late summer or the fall. Here’s the conference-wide single/double play schedule:

Home: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue
Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State
Home/Away: Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home: Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue
Away: Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin

Home: Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin
Away: Illinois, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers
Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue

Home: Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Rutgers
Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska
Home/Away: Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Home: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Rutgers
Away: Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue

Michigan State
Home: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska
Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue
Home/Away: Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home: Maryland, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Away: Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers

Home: Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State
Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Indiana, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers

Home: Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Purdue
Home/Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State

Ohio State
Home: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State
Away: Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Rutgers

Penn State
Home: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Away: Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers
Home/Away: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern

Home: Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State
Away: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers
Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin

Home: Indiana, Iowa, Penn State, Purdue
Away: Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State

Home: Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers
Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Purdue

  • Wayman Britt

    With the Big Ten looking pretty wide open next year, UM’s schedule looks very manageable. Road trip to OSU will be tough, but a road trip to Kohl Center is a winnable game.

    • MLaw

      I’m confused, you say a trip to the Kohl Center is winnable? Haven’t we won 1 out of the last like 15 trips there?

      • Chuckled at that too. It took a UM team that could win the Big Ten by 3 games to win at Kohl.

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      The game is certainly winnable. Wisconsin will have a new look with some players departing, but will still be solid.

    • itsjustaherb

      With Bo complaining to the refs every two minutes for a call. I don’t like our chances on the road against a well coached team that gets a lot of home calls.

    • A2MIKE

      They only lose Kaminsky, Gasser and Jackson. I actually think they are better without Jackson and Gasser is just a sniper at this point in his career. Replacing Frank the tank will be tough, but I still expect them to be in the top half of the conference, so winnable might be a stretch, especially not knowing what our roster will look like next year.

      • I think they’ll lose Dekker.

        However, we would be naive to not think that Bo Ryan can’t turn a core of Bronson Koenig (highly overrated) and Nigel Hayes (a stud) into a very good team.

        • A2MIKE

          Agree on all points except Dekker. I think he is a tossup to go pro, probably depends how the rest of the year goes for him, but he is playing at a high level right now.

        • bobohle

          I think Hayes may go also.

  • A2MIKE

    Can’t help but think they got this wrong. I mean if they are doing this on a true round robin schedule, we will only play 2 games against MSU and OSU every third year. That just seems wrong. I would much more prefer the SEC method of scheduling for basketball.

    Use the divisions, play everyone in your division twice and everyone in the other division once, which equals 19 conference games, when we now play 18, but I would be ok with missing 1 team from the other division or going to 19 conference games and losing out on a non-conference game.

    I think the trend going forward for football is going to be more high quality games, basketball should jump ahead of the curve here, because honestly that home schedule is not attractive as a season ticket holder. There are 5 premier games every year at home, MSU, OSU, Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland, and in that order. To miss out on the 2nd and 3rd best possible home games is disappointing.

    • jemblue

      They’ve got to expand the schedule. 20 games just means giving up one week of non-conference cupcakes, while 22 means giving up two, but if we dump the BTT (do we really need it?) it can be done.

      • itsjustaherb

        While it would be more exciting to watch, adding more conference games who put more risk of having less teams make the NCAA tournament from the conference.

      • A2MIKE

        they will never get rid of the BTT, too much money involved. In my scenario above, you don’t even have to give up 2 cupcakes, just 1.

    • itsjustaherb

      That’s what happens when you add a team like Rutgers to the conference who is going to be a bottom feeder for a long time. Do you really think it would make that much of a difference to the overall home schedule if you were to flip out Rutgers for Ohio St?

      • A2MIKE

        It’s not so much the 1 year view, as the multiple years. Michigan will only play MSU and OSU at home every 2 of 3 years. Max has played 9 games against MSU. I doubt we ever see a senior class that plays more than 6 with this format.

  • Corperryale

    Seems like a reasonable schedule.

    – @Nebraska could be a trap game.
    – Under JB, Minneapolis is basically a home game for Michigan.
    – Wisconsin next year is a shadow of its current incarnation.
    – Avoiding Breslin and Bloomington is a HUGE plus.

  • Chezaroo

    I love the optimism here, but we all know Caris is gone and Brown is not coming here. So…… who is our close out defender?, who is our rim protector?, who is our baseline finisher? And more importantly WHO is our half court creator? Everyone predicted a Sophmore leap for Zak last year ( how’s that going ) and a dynamic soon to be creator in Derek ( jury still very much out on that ). It’s just not bankable that we are going to see a massive improvement next year just because some afterthought recruits got unexpected PT late in this season. Please don’t depend on a first year D3 transfer being an impact player next year either. This team is still very limited both offensively and defensively going into next season, don’t forget that. It’s no wonder JB is racking up the frequent flyer miles ( at least he’s trying! ), he knows what he’s got. Next year is gonna be TOUGH!

  • Pudge

    How do we get a single play road game at OSU? We played them once last year and it was on the road. That’s BS!