Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hey Big Ten: "Let us play at home a little more"

The Gazette highlighted today a schedule quirk in the Big Ten conference schedule for Iowa basketball for the 2008-09 season.

Before last Saturday's game with Northwestern, Iowa had played four straight weekends all on the road in the Big Ten. The result was four losses for Iowa. The Gazette reported that Iowa coach Todd Lickliter spoke to Big Ten officials about the schedule, but according to Lickliter he is still waiting for a reply.

I question how that happens,” Lickliter said. “I just think that to let
your building sit empty for four straight weekends seems like a lot to ask of a
team and of a fan base. Although, they (Iowa fans) were kind of hungry to see us
play on a weekend and they showed up. “But I don’t want to try that

The Hawkeyes have two more weekend games at home this month. Iowa faces Purdue this Saturday and on February 22 Iowa hosts Michigan, then rap up February with one more road weekend game at Northwestern on February 28.

Oh! That darn Big Ten computer for scheduling does it again.


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