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Part of Michigan State Basketball's Big Ten Schedule Released

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The Big Ten finally got around to releasing the games tthat will be on CBS and ESPN today.  Here's Michigan State's games:

  • Tuesday, January 3rd, 7 p.m. -- MSU at Wisconsin, ESPN 2
  • Tuesday, January 17th, 7 p.m. -- MSU at Michigan, ESPN
  • Saturday, January 21st, Noon -- Purdue at MSU, ESPN
  • Tuesday, January 31st, 7 p.m. -- MSU at Illinois, ESPN
  • Sunday, February 5th, 1 p.m. -- Michigan at MSU, CBS
  • Saturday, February 11th, 6 p.m. -- MSU at Ohio State, ESPN
  • Thursday, February 16th, 7 p.m. -- Wisconsin at MSU, ESPN/2
  • Sunday, February 19th, 1 p.m. -- MSU at Purdue, CBS (Wildcard, along with Indiana at Iowa and Penn State at Wisconsin)
  • Tuesday, February 28th, 7 p.m. -- Michigan State at Indiana, ESPN
  • Sunday, March 4th, 1/4 p.m. -- Ohio State at MSU, CBS/ESPN (Wildcard, along with Michigan at Penn State and Illinois at Wisconsin)

A few thoughts:

  • A wild card game means the network can wait a week or two before the game to choose which game they'll air.  If I had to guess I'd say MSU has both its wild card games on CBS, because MSU and Purdue are hopefully a bigger draw than Indiana at Iowa (and definitely over Wisconsin and Penn State).  The second game will air because the OSU at MSU game could loom huuuuuggge, and it's Senior Day.
  • It looks like State should have an easy start to the season, with only one absolutely tough game before January 15th in conference.
  • Toughest three-game stretch?  February 11th-19th:  at Ohio State, Wisconsin, and at Purdue.  0-3 would be a bit rough, 1-2 would be acceptable, 2-1 and I'm pretty darn happy, and if MSU went 3-0 in this stretch they're most likely winning the Big Ten.

What do you think?