CHICAGO – When it comes to men’s basketball, Jim Delany supports moderation.
The Big Ten commissioner was asked Wednesday if league officials favored a divisional format, similar to what football will adopt.
“There is no appetite for regional divisions in basketball,” Delany said. “We want to keep the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. I think 18 (conference) games is about right.”
Fatigue was a primary factor.
“I thought, this year, as enjoyable as the season was… players were really tired,” Delany said. “They played so hard, and each game was a physical and emotional challenge.
“So I don’t think there’s much appetite to go beyond the 18. Moreover, it’s really hard with the number of weeks you have to get more than that in.”
That makes a double-round robin out of the question, and could water down some rivalries.
“I’ve heard some discussion about some of that,” Delany said of protecting long-standing series, “but I haven’t had those discussions, either with our coaches or our ADs, yet.”
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