Bonus Reusse: Big Ten should go to two divisions in basketball

  • Article by: Patrick Reusse , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 23, 2014 - 7:02 AM

Clem Haskins’ first season as the men’s basketball coach at Minnesota was 1986-87. It was also the end of an era when Gophers’ season-ticket holders knew exactly what to expect even before seeing the official Big Ten schedule.

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metaltesterJan. 22, 14 9:01 PM

BOOM! Thats right on the money Reusse.

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hounanJan. 22, 14 9:41 PM

Yo done it! I would love divisions in b ball!

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bradmg1979Jan. 22, 1411:38 PM

No that would be stupid. It suck in football we barely ever play Ohio state the only good program in the big ten

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nativesonzzJan. 22, 1411:50 PM

That sounds about right.

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southsuburbJan. 23, 1412:25 AM

I'd even be okay with protected home & away series. (ie: Minnesota plays Iowa & Wisconsin twice every year)

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bbliss2022Jan. 23, 14 6:26 AM

You are spot on with the basketball getting watered down with the likes of Penn State (can't even get into watching the games played there, what with their 200 fans in the stands) and Rutgers. On the plus side, Maryland can be fair to good and Nebraska has gone from [brutal|awful|comical] to a team on the rise with their new coach. Maybe in a couple of years they'll be worth watching.

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JPetersen3Jan. 23, 14 6:32 AM

I still throw up in my mouth a little when I think of the Minnesota teams (non-revenue, too) having to go to Rutgers and Maryland to fulfill their conference obligations. (Can't wait to see Maryland create a hockey program!)

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cjvirnigJan. 23, 1410:32 AM

If Jim Delaney is waiting for the Big Ten to supplant the SEC as the nation's top football conference, he may as well be waiting for Godot. Obviously football nets ten times as much money as basketball, but the fact remains: over the last decade, basketball is the Big Ten's penultimate success story. The league has slipped in football over that period (and continues slipping) despite Delaney's unfettered attention. As a basketball league, however, it has actually risen to the top, supplanting even the mighty ACC. As Reusse suggests, it's time for the Big Ten bigwigs to acknowledge that little brother is going to be more successful in life than big brother.

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