The Big Ten moved up the start of men’s basketball conference play this season by a month to accommodate a schedule that will end with its annual postseason tournament at New York’s Madison Square Garden a week earlier than normal.
The shift resulted in more two-day turnarounds, including this weekend and early next week when teams play one home game and one road game and again the first week in January when league play is resumed and nonconference games finally end.
The first three weeks of the season have been rough for the Big Ten.
Until Purdue beat then-No. 2 Arizona in the seventh-eighth-place game in the Battle for Atlantis tournament last week after both teams had...