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Hoosiers' 2014-15 Big Ten matchups revealed

Face Purdue twice

The candy-striped pants and Purdue's classic gold and black go so well together.

Why should we see that contrast just once? In 2014-15, we won't, as Indiana faces the Boilermakers twice.

Fans grumbled over the rivalry getting just one edition on this year's schedule, after it had featured a home-and-home series every year since 2008-09.

While it does not appear the revamped, 14-team Big Ten will allow this in-state rivalry to permanently play a guaranteed home-and-home, perhaps the league office should find a way.

Quite simply, a double-dip of Indiana-Purdue is good for all involved. Throw out records, the games are always fun, and each school deserves an annual host.

At least in 2014-15, that will happen.

Here are a few other thoughts on the Hoosiers' schedule:

-- Only one game against the Badgers, but it's at the Kohl Center, the cream and crimson's house of horrors. IU has lost 12 straight there.

-- The Wolverines visit Assembly Hall for a seventh consecutive season. The Hoosiers are 24-8 in their last 32 meetings with Michigan.

-- At 10-18, Rutgers is struggling in the American Conference despite having three juniors and two seniors as its five leading scorers. Imagine what a rough ride the Scarlet Knights are in for in the Big Ten. Indiana is lucky to play them twice.

-- The Hoosiers recruited several players who can space the floor, and those freshmen will play a big factor in next season's results. But it all hinges on whether Noah Vonleh returns to school for his sophomore season. Without him, Indiana would be dangerously weak in the middle. No matter how good your shooting, you need a certain amount of size to survive the names on this grueling schedule.

Below is the breakdown.

Home: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State

Away: Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

And in women's basketball…

Home: Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin

Away: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State

Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers