Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten Conference next season, and both schools will make a visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City for men’s basketball games in 2014-15.
The Big Ten released single-game and home-and-home opponents for 2014-15 on Friday, taking into account the league’s expansion to 14 teams. Each team will have five home-and-home opponents, playing the other eight just once — four at home, four on the road.
“You play 18 games with 14 teams, that’s the only way the math works,” said Big Ten senior associate commissioner Mark Rudner, who is in charge of scheduling.
Iowa will play Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin home and away in 2014-15. The Hawkeyes will also host Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State and Rutgers and play at Indiana, Michigan, Penn State and Purdue.
The women’s schedule mirrors the men’s slate, with the lone difference a return to an 18-game schedule for the first time since 2009-10.
Rudner said that the five home-and-away foes will be changed annually. In 2015-16, home-and-home games will be against five of the eight one-play foes from 2014-15. Then in 2016-17, the three remaining teams will be played home-and-home along with two of the mirror teams from 2014-15.
In the previous system, teams played seven foes on a home-and-home basis, with four one-plays. It was revised every two years, with the four one-plays changing from home to away games.
“We listened to our coaches, who did not like having the single-play opponents in back-to-back years,” Rudner said. “It became a competitive issue for a lot of them.”
Maryland is 15-13 this season, including 7-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Iowa defeated the Terrapins 71-60 in their most recent meeting, in the semifinals of the 2013 NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Rutgers is 10-18 overall and 4-11 in the American Athletic Conference. In the only meeting between the schools, Iowa defeated the Scarlet Knights 87-73 in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament.