Big Ten hoops tweaks push MSU-Florida to 2018-19

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

The Big Ten basketball schedule will be condensed in 2017-18, and it will have a significant effect on Michigan State.

The Spartans originally were planning to play at Florida, but Michigan State officials confirmed on Tuesday that game will be pushed back to the 2018-19 season.

The teams played the first part of a home-and-home series at the Breslin Center in 2015 and the game in Gainesville, Florida., will complete that series.

The Big Ten tournament will be a week early this season to accommodate playing at Madison Square Garden in New York. That has moved two games of an 18-game conference schedule into early December, causing plenty of congestion for a team like Michigan State that plays its share of high-profile nonconference events.

The Spartans will face Duke in the Champions Classic and take part in the Phil Knight Invitational in late November in Portland, Oregon. They also likely will host a high-profile team in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Throw in a Dec. 16 matchup with Oakland at Little Caesars Arena and the chances to fit in Florida were getting slim.