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Devils05
08-24-2011, 01:24 PM
From Freep.com (http://www.freep.com/article/20110824/SPORTS06/110823067/Big-Ten-s-2011-12-basketball-schedule-delayed)

Those of you who are eager to see the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball schedule will have to be patient for at least another week.

With the various TV networks selecting the games they want, coupled with the league’s coaches’ desire not to have three consecutive conference home games or three consecutive Big Ten road games, this process takes longer and longer each season, much to the frustration of the fans and the coaches.

Directors of basketball operations would like to be booking charter flights and making hotel reservations, but until they have dates etched in stone, they can’t make concrete plans.

The Big Ten uses a company based in Denver to help it construct the conference schedule, but the first and second drafts of that schedule frequently are rejected because of television and because of the desire to avoid lots of home games or road games in clusters.