The 2009-10 men’s basketball schedule

Indiana will play Maryland, Pittsburgh and Kentucky during a 12-day span to start December, highlighting the 2009-10 men’s basketball schedule released today.

Maryland comes to Assembly Hall on Dec. 1 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. A week later, Indiana plays Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden in New York City as part of the Jimmy V Classic.

Four days after New York, Kentucky comes to Bloomington.

Maryland and Pittsburgh each played in the NCAA Tournament last season, while Kentucky brought in the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

Indiana will also not play a true road contest until a Jan. 6 Big Ten game at Ohio State.

Those three games, and the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff tournament, constitute the difficult portion of the nonconference schedule.

In conference, Indiana will open up with a home game against Michigan on Dec. 31.

The Hoosiers have a tough five-game stretch to start February — Purdue (Feb. 4), at Northwestern (Feb. 7), Ohio State (Feb. 10), at Wisconsin (Feb. 13) and Michigan State (Feb. 16).

Below is the nonconference schedule, along with each team’s final Pomeroy Rating. Stats guru Ken Pomeroy has a sophisticated formula he uses to judge teams, essentially removing tempo from the equation and instead focusing on efficiency. He had Indiana 212th in Division I last season, by the way.

Four of Indiana’s nonconference opponents were ranked 300th or lower.


Nov. 13: Howard (Time — TBA; TV – TBA) — 330

Nov. 16: USC-Upstate (TBA) — 293

Nov. 19: Ole Miss (Puerto Rico Tipoff) (5 p.m., ESPN2) — 97

Nov. 20: Boston University or Kansas State (Puerto Rico Tipoff) (6 or 8:30 p.m., ESPNU) — 166, 44

Nov. 22: TBA (Puerto Rico Tipoff) (TBA, ESPNU/ESPN2)

Nov. 28: Northwestern State (TBA) — 318

Dec. 1: Maryland (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) (7:30 p.m, ESPN2) — 54

Dec. 8: Pittsburgh (Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden) (9 p.m., ESPN2) — 5

Dec. 12: Kentucky (Noon, CBS) — 52

Dec. 19: North Carolina Central (TBA) — 343

Dec. 22: Loyola Maryland (TBA) — 229

Dec. 28: Bryant (TBA) — 327

Now here is a full schedule, including the Big Ten games.



  1. In a “normal” year that looks like about a 21-22 win season. Only play MSU once and it is at home. Only one top non-conference team (UK) as Pitt will likely be re-loading, the PR teams are good, but not great and Maryland was inconsistent to say the least.

    However, this year, without seeing all of the newcomers play, I would say it is about a 14-16 win season. We should win at least 7 non-conference games (6 games at home vs. below 229 rankings) and at least one of the PR tourney. Really I think we could win 9 games though, as Maryland is beatable at home and Pitt is vulnerable without Blair, Young, etc. and there is a possibility we could win two in PR depending on how everything shakes out.

    In the conference season we could win 6 or 7 games (@Iowa and @NU, home vs. NU and Iowa and 2-3 of home vs. OSU, Minn, Wis, Ill or @PSU). It will be easier to guess once we see the two exhibition games, but right now I would guess a 15-15 season would be ok.

  2. I think 10-14 win season is more likely. Going .500 or above would mean we are NIT bound and I think we are just below that this season. I guess thats why they play it out on the court

  3. I really think .500 is possible. I think last year we would have been a 10-11 win team if we just had more depth. This year, we upgrade depth, talent, and experience

  4. I like Brad’s analysis, I think that he has a good sense for where we are relative to the competition. I would agree that .500 is achievable and that would be a really great turn-around from last year. But its still August and I’m not going too deep into the schedule just yet.

  5. I see us winning 12-13 games this year. Still pretty young. However, none of us have seen this team play, so it’s all very premature. Hoping for the best! Go Hoosiers!

  6. Here is a Very Good Year: beat Ole Miss, only 1 loss in PR; beat Maryland at home lose to Pitt in NYC; KY is good 3rd loss; Big Ten 9 home, lose only to Mich St, 4th loss; 9 away, win at Pn St, at Northwestern, at Iowa, 6 losses, total 10 loses, record 20-10 going into the Big Ten Tourney; lose in the Finals to Purdue, go to NCAA. I am a dreamer, but Crean is up to the challenge!

  7. We should all save this blog so we can refer to what we predicted.
    That way when they are around a couple of wins below or above
    .500 we can remember because as the season goes on some of us
    may complain that our team does not have a enough wins or rag
    on coach. This happened last year when we predicted they would be bad but by season’s end we had forgot our predictions. I think
    this team will overachieve and win 16 games.

  8. I think we’ll end up around .500. Considering the team is still mostly freshman and sophs, that’s not bad. Playing some tough teams in pre-conference could be painful, but that’s how you get better. Go Hoosiers!!

  9. I’ve got some people here in TN who want to come up for the UK game (Assembly is really quite well-known as a basketball venue). What’s the best way to get tickets? Will public tix go on sale, or is it best to go secondary market? Help me here Bloomingtonians!

  10. eric, your best bet is to look on ebay will be too high. The game will be sold out already as is the season other than a few games out of conf when students are gone. Keep checking in October and buy early. The closer to time for the game, the higher they will be. I would say you could score balcony seats for 40 or 50 bucks a piece, just guessing. The lower level will sell for a hundred or 2 a piece. It will be a high demand game, especially for UK fans who think they will hang a banner this year and kill IU. Good luck!!!

  11. Thanks, J Pat. I figured that might be the case. I appreciate your help. If I make it up for the game, I’ll meet you at Nick’s. My co-worker who is a Tennessee alum wants to go to Assembly Hall because he has a hobby of going to famous sports venues, and he has Assembly Hall pretty far up his list.

  12. Looks like a very weak schedule. Which we obviously need.

    Never heard of USC Upstate . . . or Bryant . . . until now.

    Last year’s Sagarin Ratings
    Loyola-Marymount was 219 of 347.
    USC-Upstate was 296
    NW State was 317
    Bryant was 326
    Howard had a Sagarin ranking of 328
    NC Central was 344
    Ole Miss was 92
    Boston U was 179

  13. J Pat, we’ll revisit this closer to the game date!!! I have a personal requirement to visit Nick’s any time I spend more than 2 hours in Bloomington!

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