Aug. 16, 2006
The Big Ten Conference office announced today the 88-game intraconference portion of the 2007 men's basketball schedule. The 102nd year of conference play will start on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, with defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State hosting Indiana on ESPN.
All 88 Big Ten Conference games are scheduled to be televised in 2007 with contests appearing on CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Plus. The conference season will conclude with the 10th annual Big Ten Tournament, which is scheduled to take place Thursday through Sunday, March 8-11, at the United Center in Chicago. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Plus will broadcast the first round and quarterfinal games while CBS will televise the semifinals and championship contests.
After claiming his first Big Ten Championship in just his second year in Columbus, Big Ten Coach of the Year Thad Matta will aim to lead the Buckeyes to back-to-back conference crowns for the first time since the 1991 and 1992 campaigns. With a 12-4 record in Big Ten play, Ohio State earned its second title in the last five years, after sharing first place in 2002, and its first outright championship since 1992. The Buckeyes concluded the 2006 Big Ten season one game ahead of Illinois and Iowa, ending the Illini's hopes of winning a share of a third straight conference title. One week later, the Hawkeyes would knock off top-seeded Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament championship game to earn their second conference tournament title.
The Buckeyes will begin defense of their Big Ten title on Tuesday, Jan. 2, with a home matchup against Indiana. Six more teams will begin the race for the conference crown on Wednesday, Jan. 3, with Michigan hosting Illinois, Purdue traveling to Minnesota and Penn State welcoming Northwestern. Defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Iowa opens Big Ten play on Thursday, Jan. 4, with a home test against Michigan State. Wisconsin will be the final team to begin conference play, as the Badgers host the Golden Gophers on Saturday, Jan. 6.
Please click on the link above to access a PDF version of the 2007 Big Ten men's basketball conference composite schedule.