Maryland's head coach thinks the 20-game schedule is unfair to the players.
The Big Ten will be moving to a 20-game conference schedule next season. This is something that doesn't sit well with at least one coach in the league.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon called out the Big Ten during an interview with reporters this week, saying he's not happy with the decision. He thinks it's unfair to the players.
Turgeon said the Big Ten made the decision to possibly help get another team into the NCAA Tournament, but it's mostly just about money and TV ratings. The Big Ten is currently at an 18-game schedule.
“I don’t like it. I wanted it to stay at 18 games,” Turgeon said, per 247Sports. “They know I don’t like it. They’re probably going to say something to me for saying it out loud right now. It’s hard enough, 18 league games is tough, 20 makes it tougher.
“They think it’s going to get one more team in the NCAA tournament every year. If it’s us one year, then I’ll like it. But until then I think it’s really hard on the student-athlete. It’s good for everybody else. It’s good for TV. It’s good for the home crowd, it’s good for the budget. That’s probably why they’re doing it.”
Expanded conference schedules has become the norm in both college football and college basketball. Several major college football conferences have moved to 9-game conference schedules, with basketball leagues playing 18 or 20 games against conference opponents.
It probably is tougher on the players, but from both a fan and competition standpoint, it's for the best. The more games against solid competition, the better.
Maryland could probably use the extra conference games this season, too. The Terrapins (14-6) are seventh in the Big Ten at 3-4 and are likely on the outside looking in when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. Another Big Ten game or two could help the Terps' resume.