Indiana announces full 2015-16 mens’ basketball schedule

Here’s the full release from IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s basketball team could face as many as four teams (Kansas, Duke, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame) who have been nationally ranked this preseason during the non-conference portion of their schedule and will have one-play home games against preseason #1 Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue and Northwestern as well as home and home games with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will have one-play road games at Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State and Rutgers.

IU will open the 2015-16 season at home against Eastern Illinois (November 13) and will play one game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on the mainland when it hosts Austin Peay (November 16). The Hoosiers will host Creighton in the inaugural Gavitt Games (November 19) and then will head to Maui for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational (November 23-25). The Hoosiers will open against Wake Forest (November 23). On the second day, IU will play either St. John’s or Vanderbilt (November 24). The Hoosiers will conclude the event against either Kansas, UCLA, UNLV or host Chaminade (November 25).

IU will return home for a home game against Alcorn State (November 30) and then will travel to defending national champion Duke (December 2) for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Hoosiers will begin a three-game homestand hosting Morehead State (December 5), IPFW (December 9) and McNeese State (December 12). After a week of final exams, the Hoosiers will play Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. IU will wrap up its non-conference schedule at home against Kennesaw State (December 22).

The Big Ten season will open for the fifth straight year on the road when it visits Rutgers (December 30). The Hoosiers will also travel to Nebraska (January 2). IU will then return home for two straight games hosting Wisconsin (January 5) and Ohio State (January 10). The Hoosiers will visit Minnesota (January 16) and then come back to Assembly Hall to face Illinois (January 19) and Northwestern (January 23). IU closes out the month at Wisconsin (January 26) and at home against Minnesota (January 30).

The Cream and Crimson will start the first week of February on the road visiting Michigan (February 2) and Penn State (February 6). Five days later the Hoosiers will host Iowa (February 11) and then travel to Michigan State (February 14). Nebraska (February 17) and Purdue (February 20) will visit Assembly Hall before IU goes on the road to visit Illinois (February 25) and Iowa (March 1).

The final game of the regular season will be a home game against preseason #1 Maryland (March 5 or 6).

Future Schedule Notes
• The Hoosiers will open the season against Kansas at the Armed Forces Classic from the Pearl Harbor Hickam Joint Base on November 11, 2016. Arizona and Michigan State also will be part of the doubleheader.

• IU will begin a three-year series with Louisville on December 31, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Cardinals and Hoosiers will later play at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville as a home game for the Cardinals on Dec. 9, 2017, and the teams will match up again in Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Dec. 8, 2018.

Tom Crean Maui Invitational Conference Call
On the early challenge for his team
We’ve got to have a mindset that we’re always going to be hunting. Indiana is always going to be a destination game for whoever’s playing it. That’s just the way that it is. And it’s been that way for decades and decades and decades and it will be that way forever because of what’s been done at Indiana in the past. But for us, we can’t look at it like that. We’ve got to look at it as we’ve got to be on the hunt constantly. The chip on our shoulder is we’ve got to be tougher. We’ve got to be better defensively. We’ve got to be committed to moving the ball. We’ve got to be able to play through lulls and successes. I think that will be great for us to prepare for, great for us to deal with when we’re going through it, and then invaluable to us after we’re done.
What kind of benefit will it be to make a more experienced team to Maui this time around?
It’s different. There’s no question when you go to Maui, it’s a different level because of the ambiance, and you want them to enjoy that. But what this team has done in the past, even when we went to Montreal last summer, which gives us maybe the closest view of what it’s like to enjoy yourself, bond as a team, but when it’s really time to get to work in the film room or on the practice court, and certainly in the games, you do it. You know how to turn that switch on. And I think for us, we have some experience coming back, but we have very little experience on the front line. (Michigan transfer) Max Bielfeldt has certainly has played college basketball and is going to get better and better for us. But in the case of Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan and OG Anunoby, those guys are brand new to it. Judging on their summer, all four of those guys are going to be impact factors on our team if we’re going to have as good a team as we can have because we truly want to get ourselves to a point where we’re two-deep at everything that we do on the court. So it will be different. It will be the first trip for them, but I know we have very good leadership that can help them understand what it means to lock into the films and make that preparation time important and at the same time, as a coaching staff we’ll be cognizant in making sure that we have a good time. Because you’re fortunate if you get to go to Maui once in your life. If you get to go to it as a coach, you never take it for granted, but you also know that these players may never get back to an environment like this and you want them to be able to enjoy it and remember it for the rest of their lives in a very positive way.

2015-16 SCHEDULE
November 13 Friday Eastern Illinois Bloomington, Indiana

November 16 Monday Austin Peay Bloomington, Indiana

November 19 Thursday Creighton Bloomington, Indiana

November 23 Monday Wake Forest Lahaina, Hawaii Noon (HST) ESPN2
November 24 Tuesday Vanderbilt or St. John’s Lahaina, Hawaii 9 or 2:30 (HST) ESPN/ESPN2
November 25 Wednesday TBA Lahaina, Hawaii TBA ESPN/2/U

November 30 Monday Alcorn State Bloomington, Indiana

December 2 Wednesday at Duke Durham, N.C. 9:15 p.m. ESPN

December 5 Saturday Morehead State Bloomington, Indiana
December 9 Wednesday IPFW Bloomington, Indiana
December 12 Saturday McNeese State Bloomington, Indiana

CROSSROADS CLASSIC (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
December 19 Saturday Notre Dame Indianapolis, Indiana

December 22 Tuesday Kennesaw State Bloomington, Indiana
December 30 Wednesday at Rutgers* Piscataway, New Jersey

January 2 Saturday at Nebraska* Lincoln, Nebraska
January 5 Tuesday Wisconsin* Bloomington, Indiana
January 10 Sunday Ohio State* Bloomington, Indiana
January 16 Saturday at Minnesota* Minneapolis, Minnesota
January 19 Tuesday Illinois* Bloomington, Indiana
January 23 Saturday Northwestern* Bloomington, Indiana
January 26 Tuesday at Wisconsin* Madison, Wisconsin
January 30 Saturday Minnesota* Bloomington, Indiana

February 2 Tuesday at Michigan* Ann Arbor, Michigan
February 6 Saturday at Penn State* University Park, Pennsylvania
February 11 Thursday Iowa* Bloomington, Indiana
February 14 Sunday at Michigan State* East Lansing, Michigan
February 17 Wednesday Nebraska* Bloomington, Indiana
February 20 Saturday Purdue* Bloomington, Indiana
February 25 Thursday at Illinois* Champaign, Illinois
March 1 Tuesday at Iowa* Iowa City, Iowa
March 5 or 6 Sat. or Sunday Maryland* Bloomington, Indiana