IUWBB: Hoosiers to face Louisville in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Indiana will face a regional rival this coming season in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Louisville will visit Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Nov. 30 as part of the annual series between Power 5 conferences. Tip times will be announced at a later date.

While the two schools are separated by only 90 miles of interstate, the Hoosiers and Cardinals have not met in women’s basketball since 2005. Louisville won that matchup, 72-67. IU holds a series edge, 7-3, and the home team has won every contest since 1972.

But the Cardinals are no pushover. Louisville finished No. 12 in the national polls last season and made a run to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen. Jeff Walz’s squad will return its leading point scorer, Asia Durr (19.2 ppg), and leading rebounder, Myisha Hines-Allen (9.3 rpg).

“This is a really intriguing matchup not only for our team but for our fan base as well,” IU coach Teri Moren said in a statement. “Louisville is a really solid opponent who will really challenge our non-conference schedule, and prepare us for Big Ten play.”

Apart from on-the-court matchups, this matchup has intrigue as far as recruiting, as well. Louisville native Jaelynn Penn will be one of five freshmen on next year’s IU squad. Another Louisville product, Grace Berger, will join the Hoosiers in 2018-19.

IU has a 6-4 record all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Last year, the Hoosiers fell to North Carolina State. The year before that, IU bested Georgia Tech.

The rest of IU’s non-conference schedule has yet to be announced. According to IU, it will feature seven home games in the non-conference. Just looking at last year’s schedule, several road opponents from ’16-17 should be heading to Assembly Hall in ’17-18, including Auburn, Western Kentucky and North Texas.

Big Ten/ACC Challenge Pairings

Wednesday, November 29
Notre Dame at Michigan
Wisconsin at Pittsburgh
Florida State at Iowa
Maryland at Virginia
Minnesota at North Carolina

Thursday, November 30
Wake Forest at Penn State
Purdue at Georgia Tech
Northwestern at Syracuse
Louisville at Indiana
Virginia Tech at Illinois
Michigan State at Miami
Ohio State at Duke
Clemson at Nebraska
NC State at Rutgers

5 comments

  1. I love T.Moren attitude about her competitive nature (intriguing match up) though I don’t think that IU is not @ Louisville level. T.Moren does not concede anything. I think that is one reason T.Moren and T. Buss compliment one another so well. Both, are so competitive by nature.

  2. It will be a tough matchup, The cards were in the top 10 much of last year, but even if its a loss it will be great competition. How we play against them could come into play during ncaa seeding time. I have a little more faith in the incoming group than Blau appears to have, but he has the right attitude. They are bringing speed and athleticism that has been lacking on this IU team. Im hoping that will help make up for the lack experience on this incoming group. Hopefully Buss and Cahill can help steady the new troops.

  3. This game should create a great atmosphere for the players and fans. Hopefully a lot of Cardinal fans will make the 2 hour trip to Bloomington and Hoosier fans will turn out in big numbers. It also will serve as a coming out party for Louisville’s own Jaelynn ‘Doc’ Penn. Now we need a home and home with Kentucky in the very near future.

  4. This will add a great opponent to our schedule that will make us better in the future. I saw Louisville play 4 or 5 times last year and they are very athletic, comparable to Ohio St. and Maryland. I certainly hope that our fan base will turn out in great numbers for this game. I have my doubts because over the last 2 years we don’t normally have good crowds during the early part of our schedule? Maybe last year’s successful run in the WNIT, when we had some great crowds will inspire some of those “new” fans to return? We can only hope! Go Hoosiers!!

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