IU set for exhibition rematch with Ottawa #iubb

Indiana and Ottawa are set for a rematch.

After beating the Hoosiers last summer, the Gee-Gees are due for a trip to Assembly Hall for an exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Ottawa gave IU its only loss on a five-game trip to Canada during the summer of 2014, hitting 18 3-pointers in a 109-101 victory outside Montreal.

“The Ottawa program is widely considered one of the two best programs in Canada,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “James Derouin (2014-15 Canadian National Coach of the Year) of Ottawa is one of the premier coaches in all of Canada and we played them a year ago and lost to them in Montreal. We had a very hard time covering their perimeter and 3 point shooting. We are anxious to match up with them again.”

In the game last summer, Troy Williams led the Hoosiers with 27 points and James Blackmon, Jr. added 20 for IU, which shot 56.2 percent from the floor and entered the fourth quarter with a one-point lead. Senior point guard Mike L’Africain and guard Vikas Gill are two of the top three scorers returning this season for the Gee-Gees. The duo made 13 of 16 shots from 3-point range against IU, combining for 48 points. Ottawa has also beaten Murray State, Vermont, UIC and TCU during the last three summers.

The Hoosiers are also set to host an exhibition game against Bellarmine on Monday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Bellarmine, the former school of IU senior and Bedford native Ryan Burton, advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four last season.

“Bellarmine is a model of success as a University and as an athletic program,” Crean said. “(Coach) Scott Davenport has been my friend for 25 years and I respect him immensely. He has made Bellarmine a national powerhouse. They will most likely be picked number one in the country and it will be a tremendous challenge for us to get ready for our season.”

The Knights return 11 players and three starters from last’s year final four team, including juniors Josh Derksen and Rusty Troutman, who both averaged more than 11 points a game last year.

“These are the kind of games our team needs right now,” Crean said. “They’re going to make it very hard on us and give us great preparation for what we will have to face in November and beyond. These kind of games are going to help us get better.”