We’re still waiting for the release of the full Michigan State basketball schedule. Reportedly, the Big Ten is mandating that all 11 schools wait until all the BTN schedule details are in place. UMHoops has a source who says it’s going to be a while before that happens (although the Columbus Dispatch says Ohio State will release their schedule tomorrow). Meanwhile, some posters at the RCMB have pieced together all (or nearly all) of the nonconference games. In addition to the major nonconference games we already knew about, we’re slated to play Idaho, Bradley, Alcorn State, and Citadel at home–plus Oakland at the Palace.
Illinois is taking a page from MSU and U-M’s “Cold War” and holding their opening basketball practice in their football stadium. This brings to mind Gene Keady’s quip that he had a pretty good outside shooting team . . . but unfortunately all their games were played inside.
Penn State has wrapped up an undefeated four-game preseason tour against Canadian teams in the Toronto area.
Indiana is #6 on Beyond the Arc’s list of all-time greatest college basketball programs.
Dion Sims’ recruitment should be an interesting one to watch. The Detroit News reports he’s received offers from all the major college football powers, but has his heart set on playing basketball (only) in college at this point. His only basketball offers to date are from Iowa and Penn State. Sims is a 6’6″, 230-pound senior from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. (In looking for more information on Sims, I see that Scout.com is reporting he’s injured and may miss most/all of the football season. I’m not a subscriber, so that’s all I know.)
Discussion question: Is MSU the most overrated basketball program in the country, as the data would seem to indicate?