I know times change-- but when I grew up basketball season at Michigan State began after football season ended. By the time MSU's football team plays its final football game, MSU will have played five regular season men's basketball games. Three of them are in the Breslin Center. The basketball schedules now go from early November through early April if you make the Final Four-- that's five months, not counting pre season practice. That seems like a long season for me and the NCAA always complains about basketball players struggling in the classroom.
The travel is extensive too. Besides the league road games the MSU men go to San Diego, New York (within four days of each other) and Spokane, Washington. The MSU women, besides the league games, go to New Rochelle, New York, Fort Myers, Florida, Milwaukee, Austin, Texas and Cancun, Mexico. That's a lot of time away from home let alone classrooms. But it is what it is and I think it's a reason college basketball doesn't have the same zip it maybe used to have-- too many games and too long a season heading to the NCAA tournaments.
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