We now pause in the middle of everything football to announce some important basketball news. First, Trevon Blueitt of Indianapolis' Park Tudor High will make an official visit on September 7th to Purdue:
The 6-6 Bluiett, who cut his list to Arizona, Butler, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier earlier this month, has scheduled a visit to Purdue next weekend, a source said. The Boilermakers host Indiana State in a football game on Sept. 7.
Bluiett is making a visit to UCLA this weekend and he only gets five, so you have to assume that Purdue has made his top 5.
Second, the Big Ten finally got around to releasing the Men's basketball schedule for the coming season. Here it is August 28, almost two months away from when exhibition games start, and they are just now releasing the Big Ten schedule.
As a reminder, here is the non-conference schedule:
October 30 Indianapolis (Exhibition)
November 4 Wayne State (Exhibition)
November 8 Northern Kentucky
November 13 Central Connecticut State
November 17 Rider
November 20 Eastern Illinois
November 24 Siena (Old Spice Classic, but played at Mackey Arena)
November 28: vs. Oklahoma State at Old Spice Classic, Orlando, FL
November 29: vs. Washington State or Butler at Old Spice Classic, Orlando, FL
December 1: vs. Siena, Memphis, LSU, or St. Joseph's at Old Spice Classic, Orlando, FL
December 4 Boston College (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
December 7 Eastern Michigan
December 14 vs. Butler at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Crossroads Classic)
December 17 Maryland-Eastern Shore
December 21 at West Virginia
Now, onto the 18 game Big Ten slate:
December 31: Ohio State - This game is a 1 p.m. game on ESPN2
January 5 at Minnesota
January 12 Nebraska - Noon or 4:30pm
January 15 at Illinois - 9pm tipoff
January 18: Penn State - This is a 7 p.m. ESPNU game.
January 21 at Northwestern - 9pm tipoff
January 25 Wisconsin - 5pm tipoff
January 30 at Michigan - Purdue played well against Michigan last year and this is a 9pm game on ESPN or ESPN2.
February 2 at Penn State - 11:30am tipoff
February 5: Minnesota - 8:30pm tipoff
February 8 at Ohio State - 6pm tipoff
February 15 Indiana - By the time this game comes around it will have been 1,087 days since Purdue had last beaten Indiana, which is far, far too long. It is a Saturday afternoon 4 p.m. game on ESPN or ESPN2 as it should be.
February 20 Michigan State - This is an ESPN or ESPN2 game at 7pm.
February 23 at Nebraska - Noon or 4:15pm tipoff
February 26 Michigan - 7pm tipoff
March 1 or 2 at Iowa
March 5 at Wisconsin - 9pm tipoff
March 8 or 9 Northwestern