Report: IU to host Austin Peay in Maui Invitational opening round

Add another non-conference game to Indiana’s upcoming basketball schedule.

According to a pair of reports out of Tennessee (here and here), IU will host Austin Peay in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 16 at Assembly Hall. Austin Peay is one of four opening round teams — joining Cal Poly, UMBC and Northern Colorado — invited to compete in campus-site games prior to the championship round bracket commencing in Maui on Nov. 23. IU, Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest will each host games against one of the four opening round teams before leaving for the championship round, hosted by Chaminade.

Austin Peay (8-22, 3-13) finished last season ranked No. 318 in the KenPom.com rankings, closing with losses in nine of its final 10 games. The Governors expect to return three starters, including 6-foot-8 center Chris Horton, who led the Ohio Valley Conference with 11.1 rebounds per game and posted a team-best 13.1 points per contest.

Indiana’s non-conference schedule, meanwhile, is beginning to fill up. IU has signed game contracts with McNeese State and Kennesaw State to go with three other in-season events. 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.

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

Indiana also knows its conference matchups 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.

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  1. “Austin Peay (8-22, 3-13) finished last season ranked No. 318 in the KenPom.com”

    #318 on KenPomegranate? Sounds like very bad fruit. Keep trying, Hawaii.
    To Peay, or not to Peay….that is the question for Austin… in a Hoosier locker room…prior to tip-off?. Hula the dogs out…Hu..hu…hu..hula!
    We may have hit a new luau for weakest ever non-conference opponent, but don’t expect this team to simply lei down.
    The referee said it’s the Governors ball…but there will be no dancing.

    Oh, well.. I gave it my best Peay-sized effort. Think you can do better? Maui…? Maui not.

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