This weekend the Big Ten has 14 games in total scheduled so here’s what to watch. Here are my six things to look at over the weekend.
1) The Nebraska Cornhuskers will open the season against the most popular underdog from last year’s tournament in Florida Gulf Coast. FGCU enters the season with a new head coach after their former head coach left to take the job at UCLA.
2) There are four Big Ten teams that are ranked nationally going into this weekend. These teams are 2 Michigan State, 7 Michigan, 11 Ohio State, and 20 Wisconsin.
3) Michigan and Wisconsin will start the year off with arguably the toughest nonconference schedules in the entire Big Ten. Wisconsin’s toughest games will come against Florida (Nov. 12), at Virginia (Dec. 4), and Marquette (Dec. 7) while Michigan’s toughest games will come against Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Nov. 21-24), at Duke (Dec. 3), and Arizona (Dec. 14)
4) Minnesota, Ohio State, and Penn State will start the year off with arguably the weakest nonconference schedules in the entire Big Ten. Ohio State’s toughest opponents will be at Marquette (Nov. 16), and vs. Notre Dame (Dec. 21 in New York City), Minnesota’s toughest opponents will be at the Maui Invitational (Nov. 25-27), and Penn State’s toughest opponents will be at Pittsburgh (Dec. 3). PSU will also play another hot tournament team from last year when they host La Salle on November 19th.
5) The Illinois Fighting Illini and Iowa Hawkeyes will be the only Big Ten teams with two games this weekend.
6) Michigan State has arguably the best player in the Big Ten returning returning for his senior season in Keith Appling. Last season as a junior, Appling averaged 13.4 points per game, 3.3 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game.
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