Iowa awaits 2014 single-play opponents
Big Ten officials have determined Iowa's four single-play men's basketball opponents for the 2013-14 men's basketball season, but the league is not quite ready to announce who will play whom only once next year.
"I can tell you on the men’s side, that each team’s four single-play opponents will come from the seven teams that they played home and away last year," said Big Ten senior associate commissioner Mark Rudner, who handles scheduling and television administration. "What we tried to do was look at match-ups, look at single plays that may have not scheduled for a period of time for whatever reasons just to try and catch up.
"We haven’t released them only because I just want to be 100 percent certain that’s the way we’re going to go."
Iowa will play Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Illinois twice as part of its 18-game league schedule next season. It's likely the Hawkeyes will play Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern just once next year. Iowa and Indiana teams have competed twice every year since 2005. Northwestern and Purdue have faced Iowa home-and-away annually for the last six seasons.
Iowa's other single play will come from either Minnesota, Wisconsin, Penn State or Nebraska. Iowa has played Minnesota twice in each of the last four years, while Wisconsin and Penn State were single plays for Iowa in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Nebraska joined the Big Ten two years ago.
Rudner said the league did not use competitive level for determining single plays.The league could "shuffle the deck" on single- and double-play match-ups beginning with the 2014-15 season, Rudner said, when Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten. The league's coaches meet in May and will give input on the future schedules and whether the Big Ten will consider a divisional basketball structure with 14 schools.