Toughest: Hall of Fame Tip-Off (Nov. 19-20)
Next-toughest: at Boston College (Nov. 30), Ole Miss (Dec. 4), at Duquesne (Dec. 10)
The rest: Hartford (Nov. 12), Radford (Nov. 14), Long Island (Nov. 16), Youngstown State (Nov. 23), Lafayette (Dec. 7), Mount St. Mary’s (Dec. 18), Cornell (Dec. 21)
Toughness scale (1-10): 4 – At first glance, it doesn’t look like much, but that’s before you realize the rebuilding Nittany Lions – with their first-year head coach, Patrick Chambers, and distinct lack of former four-year star Talor Battle – will face Kentucky in the first round of the Hall of Fame tournament at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena. That one could get ugly. Then it’s either Old Dominion or South Florida on day two. A visit to rebuilding BC could just be ugly, period, while a short trip to play a better-than-you-think Duquesne team is tricky. This schedule could be tougher, sure. But for this team, this season, it might already be tougher than required.
Iowa has the easiest B10 schedule with a grade of 2 and Wisconsin has the toughest with a grade of 10.