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Hoosiers know who they’ll be playing in Year 1 under Woodson

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The Big Ten released the league’s 2021-22 basketball matchups on Thursday and ... they look OK for IU

Marquette v Indiana

It’ll likely be three more months before we know how Indiana’s complete 2021-22 schedule looks, but on Thursday we at least got a peek at which conference teams the Hoosiers will draw for single plays and home-and-home series.

And at first glance things look ... fine (?) for Mike Woodson’s crew.

IU will see Illinois, Michigan and Rutgers only once at home, and face Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern only once on the road. In the two-play category, IU will have multiple matchups against Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, and built-in rival Purdue.

We’ll know the order in which these contests fall when the full slate of games is unveiled at the end of the summer — and that’s usually the better tell as far as how favorable a schedule is or is not. But just going on these matchups, it’s tough to argue with the draws.

Here’s the full conference breakdown:

ILLINOIS

Home & Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers
Home Only: Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
Away Only: Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska

INDIANA

Home & Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Home Only: Illinois, Michigan, Rutgers
Away Only: Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern

IOWA

Home & Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue
Home Only: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern
Away Only: Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

MARYLAND

Home & Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers
Home Only: Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin
Away Only: Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue

MICHIGAN

Home & Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers
Home Only: Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern
Away Only: Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin

MICHIGAN STATE

Home & Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home Only: Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue
Away Only: Iowa, Ohio State, Rutgers

MINNESOTA

Home & Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home Only: Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers
Away Only: Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska

NEBRASKA

Home & Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home Only: Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota
Away Only: Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue

NORTHWESTERN

Home & Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue
Home Only: Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away Only: Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State

OHIO STATE

Home & Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home Only: Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern
Away Only: Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers

PENN STATE

Home & Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers
Home Only: Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue
Away Only: Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin

PURDUE

Home & Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home Only: Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State
Away Only: Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State

RUTGERS

Home & Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Home Only: Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State
Away Only: Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern

WISCONSIN

Home & Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers
Home Only: Iowa, Michigan, Penn State
Away Only: Illinois, Maryland, Northwestern