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Rothstein: Big Ten planning to play two conference games in December of 2017

March 11, 2016: Purdue Boilermakers forward Caleb Swanigan (50) reacts to a foul call during the men's Big Ten Tournament basketball game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and Purdue Boilermakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.  (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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The Big Ten is planning to play two conference games in early December of 2017, sources told FanRag Sports.

The two games would be part of a “Big Ten Weekend”, which would feature the conference’s football championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2nd.

Each basketball program would play one home game and one away game under the expected plan, with the games taking place between Friday Dec. 1st and Monday Dec. 4th, a separate source said.

The same source said that the Big Ten will not have games between Christmas and New Year’s in 2017, with conference play resuming in early 2018.

The Indiana Hoosiers won the Big Ten last season with a 15-3 conference record, winning the regular season conference championship by two games over the Michigan State Spartans, who finished 13-5 in conference play. There was a four-way tie for third at 12-6 between the Purdue Boilermakers, Maryland Terrapins, Iowa Hawkeyes and Wisconsin Badgers.

For the 2016-17 season, Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes was chosen as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. He averaged 15.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season. He was a unanimous selection to the preseason All-Big Ten team.

Joining Hayes on the All-Big Ten team are Wisconsin teammates Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig, Illinois’ Malcolm Hill, Indiana teammates James Blackmon Jr. and Thomas Bryant, Iowa’s Peter Jok, Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. and Purdue sophomore Caleb Swanigan.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan. 

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