Report: IU opens Maui Invitational with Wake Forest #iubb

Indiana and Kansas could meet for a primetime game in Hawaii a year earlier than expected.

That would be the case if both teams advance to the final round of this November’s Maui Invitational. According to a report from ESPN’s Andy Katz, the Hoosiers and Jayhawks will headline their respective brackets when this year’s tournament begins on November 23. The Hoosiers will open against Wake Forest, setting up a second-round matchup with the winner of Vanderbilt and St. John’s. It all builds to a potential final round showdown between IU and either Kansas or UCLA. Indiana is ranked No. 14 in ESPN’s early rankings.

An official announcement for this year’s tournament bracket is expected Tuesday afternoon.

Indiana and Kansas are also scheduled to play in the 2016 Armed Forces Classic, which will be held on a Naval base in Pearl Harbor. Both events are staged in conjunction with ESPN. The Jayhawks, ranked No. 6 in ESPN’s early top 25, will open with host Chaminade. The Bruins, coached by former Hoosier great Steve Alford, start the tournament against UNLV. Alford’s staff at UCLA also includes former Indiana walk-on Kory Barnett and former Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling.

The Demon Deacons finished 13-19 last season, losing to Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament and ending the year ranked No. 124 in the KenPom.com metric. Wake Forest has won each of the previous two meetings, including the last one in 2008.

The Maui Invitational, which is held annually during Thanksgiving week, will run Nov. 23-25. Earlier this summer, it was announced that Austin Peay, Cal Poly, UMBC and Northern Colorado will play opening-round, on-campus games against the seven participating schools. According to a report on Austin Peay’s official web site, IU will host the Governors at Assembly Hall on Monday, Nov. 16.

Indiana’s non-conference schedule continues to fill up. The Hoosiers will host Creighton on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games and will travel to Duke for an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 2. IU will also face Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic on Dec. 19 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana has also signed game contracts with McNeese State and Kennesaw State.

According to an open records request filed by the Indiana Daily Student last month, Morehead State has also signed to play a game at Assembly Hall on Dec. 5.

Indiana also has its conference matchups set for next season, though dates and times have not been announced. IU will have home-and-home matchups with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will host home-only games against Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue, and travel for road-only matchups with Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers.

4 comments

  1. IU needs to schedule better teams for the Assembly Hall games prior to the Big Ten season schedule to reward the fans that make the Varsity Club donations and buy the season tickets. We have lost interest in traveling to Bloomington for the games that are scheduled just a few days apart and watch a bunch of lower ranked teams.

  2. IU South has an excellent comment. Rather than write three stories (two -plus interview with CTC) perhaps we could/should consider that a critical football season is coming upon us; that many IU fans are hoping that this year may be the program changing breakthrough towards being the competitive B1C power we have hoped for since 1967 (48 years ago for English/ Journalism majors… and that”s damned near half-a-century which which is r-e-a-l-l-y close to 1/5 or 20% of the history of this Nation- as an independent country-, for the history challenged).

    Not three stories on the bean bag scheduling that brings in fraternity reunion pick-up teams…not sure it’s worth anything beyond the original story (maybe even a graph or two on TC’s anxiety over redemption while near the Kulaloa volcano) ..but it can be overdone.

    Soooooo Meek, so many things to write about leading into IU football very late in July (or our top -of-the-line soccer, or cross-country or…you get the idea, ‘value added’; when lost souls like me are praying to the Higher Power (no, not the AD) and making all kinds of irrational and probably unsustainable promises IF!!!!…IF!!!…just IF????….

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