IU releases basketball schedule

Indiana released its basketball schedule shortly after the Big Ten finalized its schedule on Wednesday. The schedule PDF is linked below and a release follows.

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Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
11/08/13 vs. Chicago State TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
11/12/13 vs. LIU Brooklyn (2K Sports Classic) TV Bloomington, Ind. TBA
11/15/13 Samford TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
11/17/13 vs. Stony Brook (2K Sports Classic) TV Bloomington, Ind. 5:00 p.m. ET
2K Sports Classic (Madison Square Garden)
11/21/13 vs. Washington TV New York, N.Y. 9:00 p.m. ET
11/22/13 Boston College/UConn TV New York, N.Y. 5/7 p.m. ET
11/26/13 vs. Evansville TV Bloomington, Ind. 8:00 p.m. ET
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
12/03/13 at Syracuse TV Syracuse, N.Y. 7:15 p.m. ET
12/07/13 vs. North Florida TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:30 p.m. ET
12/10/13 vs. Oakland TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
Crossroads Classic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
12/14/13 vs. Notre Dame TV Indianapolis, Ind. 3:15 p.m. ET
12/20/13 vs. Nicholls State TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/22/13 vs. Kennesaw State TV Bloomington, Ind. 12:00 p.m. ET
12/31/13 at Illinois * TV Champaign, Ill. 3:00 p.m. ET
01/04/14 vs. Michigan State * TV Bloomington, Ind. 2:00 p.m. ET
01/11/14 at Penn State * TV University Park, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
01/14/14 vs. Wisconsin * TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/18/14 vs. Northwestern * TV Bloomington, Ind. TBA
01/21/14 at Michigan State * TV East Lansing, Mich. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/26/14 vs. Illinois * TV Bloomington, Ind. 3:00 p.m. ET
01/30/14 at Nebraska * TV Lincoln, Neb. 8:15 p.m. ET
02/02/14 vs. Michigan * TV Bloomington, Ind. 1:00 p.m. ET
02/08/14 at Minnesota * TV Minneapolis, Minn. 8:15 p.m. ET
02/12/14 vs. Penn State * TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/15/14 at Purdue * TV West Lafayette, Ind. 4:00 p.m. ET
02/18/14 vs. Iowa * TV Bloomington, Ind. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/22/14 at Northwestern * TV Evanston, Ill. TBA
02/23/14 at Northwestern * TV Evanston, Ill. TBA
02/25/14 at Wisconsin * TV Madison, Wis. 9:00 p.m. ET
03/02/14 vs. Ohio State TV Bloomington, Ind. 12pm/4pm ET
03/05/14 vs. Nebraska * TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
03/08/14 at Michigan * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. 6:00 p.m. ET
Big Ten Tournament (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
03/13/14 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
03/14/14 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
03/15/14 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
03/16/14 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The defending Big Ten Champion Indiana University men’s basketball team announced its 2013-14 schedule and will open its season on Friday, November 8 when it hosts Chicago State.  Indiana will play 20 games (including two exhibitions) in Assembly Hall.

While tickets are sold out for all of the games that take place while class is in sesssion, fans can still purchase a four-game Holiday mini-series pack that is available through the IU Athletics Ticket Offiice (1-866-IUSports).   The four-game set includes games against Evansville on November 26, Nicholls State on December 20, Kennesaw State on December 22, and Michigan State on January 4.   Last year, IU finished fifth in the nation in attendance and set a school record averaging 17,412 fans per game.   IU has sold 15,500 student season tickets with each student receiving eight of the 16 available game tickets.  A national-high 7,800 tickets are reserved for students in Assembly Hall.  Students are able to purchase the mini-series package at the regular student rate.

•  Eleven games are slated for the ESPN family of Networks, while potentially four games could appear on CBS.  The Big Ten Network will announce their schedule of games at a later date. 

•  Last year according to RPI figures, IU played the 10th toughest schedule in the country and 54th best in non-conference play enroute to earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

•  IU will take host two games as part of the 2K Classic (Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project) when they play LIU Brooklyn, November 12 and Stony Brook, November 17.  The Hoosiers will then travel to Madison Square Garden in New York where they will play Washington on November 21 and then either UConn or Boston College on November 22.

•  The Hoosiers will welcome back former assistant Bennie Seltzer when he brings his Samford team into Assembly Hall on November 15.

•  IU will play Notre Dame for the second time in three years at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis on December 14.

•  For the fifth straight year, IU will play a game on New Years Eve.  The Hoosiers travel to Illinois.  IU will close the season on the road at Michigan for the second straight year.

•  Saturday home conference games include Michigan State and Northwestern on January 18.  Sunday home games include Illinois on January 16 and Michigan on February 2, and Ohio State, March 2.

•  Senior Night will be March 5 against Nebraska.  In one-play conference games, IU will play at Minnesota and Purdue and host Iowa and Ohio State.

 

•  The Big Ten Tournament will be March 13-16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

 

Quoting Tom Crean

 

“We always want as much television exposure as possible, especially at home,” said Coach Tom Crean.  “We have had so many memorable moments the past couple of years it has been great to be able to share that with as many fans as possible.”

“We play 20 dates in Assembly Hall, including two exhibitions, and with our budget expectations that is where we need to be.”

“I like the Holiday Break lineup we have with Evansville and Michigan State as part of the package.  I hope fans jump on those tickets because the feel in the building is unbelievable when you have so many fans who don’t normally get to attend an IU game.“

“We’ve played as well as anyone away from Assembly Hall ( a national best 7-2 in Big Ten road games last year) the last two years and we have great challenges ahead of us with games in Madison Square Garden against Washington and either BC or UConn.  With this being the third year of the Crossroads Classic, the teams are very familiar with the setting and our trip to Syracuse will be as good as any Big Ten road game.”

“As far as our conference schedule, there is a reason it is the toughest league in the country.  You don’t look ahead.  Each game takes on its own meaning.”

21 comments

  1. Glass needs to step it up when it comes to scheduling. You can’t throw around the phrase “This is Indiana” like it means something when you put a garbage non conference schedule like that together.

  2. I don’t know why this just dawned on me….but I believe Aruss is 4guards.

    I never bought into the claims that 4guards was permanently banned.

  3. Butler and Kentucky should be on there every year.

    SOS stands for STRENGTH of schedule, not simpleness of schedule. I know the B1G is tough, but have a little pride.

  4. I agree that UK should be on the schedule every year, but @ Syracuse isn’t tough? Washington won’t pose some strong challenges? UConn not tough? Didn’t LIU Brooklyn make the tournament the last couple years? Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic should be entertaining and a hard-fought contest.

    Even going back to the Knight years, there were always plenty of “cupcake” games. December Classics and Hoosier Classics were basically no-brainers and hardly qualified for honing the team for the brutal Big 10.

    Early non-conference scheduling has to be a product of challenges mixed with scrimmages posing as games…To do otherwise would be brutal(in terms of education/classroom demands) and keeping from overextending the physical well-being of a young athlete.

    It’s the postseason Big 10 tournament that should be reexamined/debated/ridiculed for the unjustified and unnecessary exhaustion/redundancy placed upon an athlete heading into the NCAA tournament play.

    I see a certain amount of “cupcake” scheduling as needed additional playing time for reserves and needed rest(mental and physical) for the top echelon players on a team.

    There are plenty of challenges on that schedule and there are plenty of great opportunities for small schools that relish the chance to knock off a big name..Who wouldn’t want to be a fan for one of those tiny schools getting their shot at mighty Indiana? If we wall up college basketball where only the “elite” play the “elite,” we destroy the examination of the criteria that can sometimes falsely construe such assumptions and usurp the uniqueness of the chance for the upset/Cinderella/underdog that makes college basketball such a joy to watch.

  5. Like the pre-conference schedule for this team.

    Last yr’s was a joke for the players we had.

    This will be, I think, a up & down year. Gonna be fun.

    Could not find the ‘Holiday’ ticket deal on the IU web-site. As he said, guess I need to call.

  6. Actually, as I looked over the schedule wondering if we were looking for ridiculously easy wins, I only saw 3-4 games that I would call ’embarrassingly non-competitive’. But these are embarrasingly embarrasing; Chicago State could not win the City’s high school Christmas Classic and they’d have a tough time getting in the finals of the Jewish Orthodox Chanukkah Classic. I wonder if some of the home games scheduled for the holidays as part of ‘the package’ are worth its price, even when book-ended with Evansville and Notre Dame.

    As I understand it, (from previous Scoop posts written by Dopirak I believe) the scheduling is done by the basketball coach, not so much the AD, as is the case in football. If this is true, is this what is meant when we say “It’s Indiana?’ We can all understand Samford and agree with showing some loyalty for a former assistant. But, North Florida? Kennessaw State? Nicholls State?…Coach, the Lord is not going to answer your Tweets on those dates. I assume you’ve read about His displeasure when the mighty feed on lamb chops. I suggest next year, before you schedule, you read the Book of Hosea in the OT. If you hear a roaring voice in the night after Kennessaw State calling “THOMAS!…THOMAS!…” or a Tweet in blazing, burning letters on your Iphone, with a picture of the Sinai…time to reconsider and reread what happened to the Egyptians, the Assyrians and the Babylonians! They’re still trying to figure out what the wind from the Jordan River was about.

    I will give you credit though. The two games in New York, for the benefit of the “Wounded Warrior Project” are more than a scheduling issue; they are a moral obligation to our real heroes. Nice.

  7. Well, I agree with the “Wounded Warrior Project” comment.

    Last season we played #330, #293, #291, #283 and #253. That was with a team ranked #1.

    This season we play #313, #285, #261, #248 and # 234.
    That is with a team ranked what? Not in the top 25?

    At least as the Cupcakes go. (Rankings from KenPom 4/12)

    Last year I could see the IPhone blazing- last year.
    And that other stuff too – last year.

    And, “written by Dopirak” ? Harsh.

  8. Looks like we caught some breaks with only playing OSU and Iowa once– both at home– but the schedule is once again backloaded. We might need to win 7 of 8 between @MSU and @UW if we want a good seed because winning even two of our last four going into the tourneys is going to be very, very tough.

    Fortunately, there are some stretches where our young team can grow and gel before we start facing murderers row. 23-8 sounds about right, with a big upset or two and a couple silly losses along the way.

  9. For the sake of disagreement, I’m going 21-10 into Big 10 Tourney…We’ll be 10-6 going into the Wisconsin home game on 1/14/14.

    Lower seed but some big performances in the NCAA tournament and a shocking run to the Final Four. Jonny Marlin(2014’s Spike Albrecht) bringing unanticipated spark and deadly shooting off the bench.

  10. I doubt we make it past Elite 8… I could see that as a reality though… All depends on match-ups and upsets once you get there.

    We are soooo much more talented than everyone except Syracuse (and potentially UConn) in our non-conference schedule. I also think that the B1G is a little easier this year. There are only 3 teams with talent like us: MSU, UM, and OSU. There are only 2 teams that can make up for the difference in talent with experience and coaching: Iowa and UW.

    We play those 5 teams a total of 8 times, so even with 5 or 6 losses there they can afford to take a bad loss or 2 and end up 23-8.

    There is so much unknown at the top of college basketball this year. There are a lot of talented teams, but who brings back an experienced and talented nucleus? MSU, OSU, Louisville, Florida… After that you either have teams that have underachieved with the talent on their rosters (UNC, Zona), teams with high turnover (UK, KU) or young, but talented teams that need to replace leaders (Duke, Syracuse, Michigan)…

    Yogi, Will, Hollowell, Vonleh, Williams, Fischer, Robinson, Gordon, Perea…

    It’s not out of the realm of possibility that IU ends the season as a cohesive unit with momentum and makes a run. I think Sweet 16 is about right and Elite 8 is probably their ceiling.

  11. Ron, thanks for the info on the rankings for the ‘remedial’ teams. I had no idea (never follow rankings much), just going on what I know about a top level program and a fifth level or lower (without being dismissive of the school itself- they do what they can afford). Not being critical of them…we should protect our brand by staying within a level of competitiveness that respects our fans and the game, as well as the opponent.

    In regards to ‘as written by Dopirak’. Said literally. He wrote (I believe it was him- I’m going from memory. He wrote a couple of informative articles where he informed Scoop readers that in basketball it is customary for the basketball coach to control the scheduling and in football it is more the domain of the athletic director. I also think he mentioned that, as a result, fotball schedules are laid out years ahead, while basketball schedules (pre-season especially) have a lot more flexibility and match-ups can be made just months before the season. So, I wouldn’t call my comment ‘harsh’, it was more like ‘grateful’ for the good information DD provided then. If I recall correctly, I think the issue came up when Calipari (Kentucky) refused to play us home and home last year and we had to deal with reshuffling the schedule.

  12. Yeah, I didn’t take that as disrespect. When Tsao is trying to bust on me for something, he leaves no doubt.
    But yeah, that is typically the case. In football there are fewer games to schedule, but they are usually more important for athletic departments as a whole and deals are often made several years in advance. The only reason IU doesn’t have any games scheduled past, I believe, 2017 is the Big Ten put a moratorium on non-conference scheduling while it was deciding whether or not to go from eight to nine conference games, which it did. Athletic directors can and sometimes do get involved in basketball schedules, and basketball scheduling can get started several years in advance, but non-conference scheduling sometimes does go into spring and summer, and conference schedules usually come out around this time because the league offices are trying to fit every game they can into a TV window.
    It should be pointed out that basketball coaches are usually asked to meet a home game quota, though and that’s more true based on the amount of money home games make. IU rakes in a ton of money from home games, which is the reason they’ll be going to two exhibition games this year.

  13. I tend to agree Geoff, but I think the ceiling is Sweet 16. I expect more this year. I expect a up and down season this year, taking our lumps, and learning as we go.

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