Big 10 schedule revealed for JuJu Watkins’ second season

The Big 10 home and away opponents for USC women’s basketball’s first season in their new conference have been officially announced. After a stellar final season in the Pac-12, in which the Trojans went 29-6, won the Pac-12 Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, the Trojans appear ready to make their mark in the Big Ten.

The Women of Troy will compete at home at the Galen Center against Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State.

The Trojans will also face Big Ten conference rivals Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Oregon, Purdue, Rutgers, Washington and Wisconsin on the road. The only team they will face at home or on the road is their biggest rival, UCLA.

The good news for USC’s route plans is that they get to go to their former conference rivals in Oregon and Washington, two teams they are quite familiar with and are much closer to. Plus, there is no time zone change when they go to Oregon and Washington. Their biggest opponents are Maryland and Rutgers, with both teams needing USC to make a cross country trip.

Even with the new travel challenges, the Trojans are in a good spot to make a splash in the Big 10. They will be tested after playing last season in the Pac-12, one of the most competitive conferences in the women’s basketball.

In addition, USC brings in two top transfers in Kiki Iriafen and Talia Von Oelhoffen, along with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, to help JuJu Watkins and Rayah Marshall compete for a national title. With Caitlin Clark leaving for the WNBA, the Trojans could very well be the top team in the Big Ten next year.

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