New “Purdue AD Mike Bobinski said basketball coaches have “unanimous support” for protected rivalries that would ensure biannual games. Purdue-Indiana and Michigan-Michigan State are the two big ones, and Northwestern-Illinois also was brought up. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to get to it for this year,” Bobinski said, “but I think we’ll get there for the reasonably near future, which is good.””

Frankly, it’s insane that it didn’t happen before this. Anyone associated with Big Ten basketball moans about the reduced importance of regular season games and you don’t do everything possible to preserve the small number of games which move the needle regardless of the seasons the participants are having? Should have happened from the very first moment the league went to unbalanced schedules but hey, what’s a couple of decades between friends?