"There's rhyme and reason to what we do with scheduling," he said. "Year in and year out, people look at you and go, 'Why do you play that schedule?' It's preparation for the Big Ten. We're very blessed here to have what is now a tremendous conference schedule. If you look at the rankings, you're talking about five teams in the Big Ten that are ranked in the top 20. … This is what we all signed up for. We want to play a tremendous schedule. We have a tremendous conference, we have an unbelievable out-of-conference schedule, and we think that it prepares you for the playoffs and selection time for the NCAA tournament."