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Big 10 Announces Major Changes For Upcoming Basketball Season

Tournament MVP Moe Wagner of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers 75-66 during the championship game of the Big 10 Basketball Tournament.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Tournament MVP Moritz Wagner #13 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers 75-66 during the championship game of the Big 10 Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Sure, the 2018 college football season is just around the corner. But that's not what we're here to talk about this afternoon.

The Big Ten announced a few significant changes to the upcoming college basketball season. Teams will now play a 20-game conference schedule, rather than the 18 games the conference played in 2017-18.

The Big Ten Tournament will also kick off later this season. Instead of a late-February kickoff, the tournament will take place in mid-march.

Take a look at the changes.

The Michigan Wolverines claimed the past two Big Ten tournament titles and found their way to the national title game during the 2017-18 season. Last year's tournament was held a week early in order to showcase the conference's skill at Madison Square Garden.

That won't be the case this year, so there won't be a layoff before the NCAA Tournament kicks off.