Friday, July 10, 2009

Interesting Story On Big 12 Basketball Scheduling had an interesting feature on its web site Wednesday. Writer Wendell Barnhouse went behind-the-scenes to take a look at what goes into creating the conference schedules for all the men's basketball teams.

Unlike football, which sets its conference schedule years in advance, the schedule of basketball conference games aren't released until a few months prior to the season. As Barnhouse points out, the task is extremely arduous, with a computer program generating about 70 potential schedules at the outset of the process.

That might not seem like a lot, but when you consider each possibility includes 16 games for all 12 teams (a total of 192 games), i could see the entire conference staff going cross-eyed trying to review everything.

Other obstacles the schedulers have to work with are TV preferences, arena availability, each team getting four weekend home games and no more than two road games in the first four or last four games of the season.

CLICK HERE to check out the story.

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