IU basketball to play at Pearl Harbor in 2016

Indiana has agreed to play a game at Pearl Harbor during the 2016 season.

The university reached an agreement with ESPN to participate in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii on Nov. 11, 2016. An opponent will be announced at a later date.

The Indianapolis Star first reported the agreement between Indiana and ESPN. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the report.

The Armed Forces Classic is an annual one-day event that features a series of games played on United States military bases over a five-year rotation. Indiana’s 2016 game will be part of a doubleheader at the Pearl Harbor Naval base a month before the 75th anniversary of the attack.

This year’s event will be held on Nov. 14 at the United States Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico, pitting Louisville against Minnesota in a game between Rick Pitino and his son, Gophers coach Richard Pitino. The event originated in 2012 with a game between Connecticut and Michigan State.

The 2016 Armed Forces Classic will mark Indiana’s second appearance in Hawaii in as many years. The Hoosiers will play in the Maui Invitational in November 2015.


  1. Strength is in diversity and inclusion…It’s what’s “cool” about America. I always thought it was what was “cool” about Indiana University Basketball…I hope it’s still alive…There are walls beyond race and country…Belief systems are also walls…I often believed America persevered because, as imperfect and wrought with wrongs our own past, we somehow knew when we were straying away from the ideals of equality and inclusion.

    I wonder if we could pull together as one nation in the manner our ancestors..? If truly tested and called to the task of fighting for the preservation of a lifestyle where no peace-loving man should feel cast aside, would we still come together as brothers and save our nation? It is at the core of our freedom to not structure our personal beliefs into any forced or implied policy. If we are to preserve liberty…If we are to always come together as brothers, such delusions of one supreme pathway to god, or power will always be a failing premise…..

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