IUWBB: Early details on IU’s non-conference slate for 2016-17

One difficulty the Hoosiers might have this offseason is rounding out their non-conference season. Before the success of 2015-16, all kinds of programs were willing to schedule IU as a beatable power conference opponent. Now, not so much.

But it remains a key for Teri Moren to find high-level non-conference opponents, something she thinks helped bolster IU’s resume come NCAA tournament selection time.

“We are committed to making sure our schedule will be one, even if we are right in the middle of the Big Ten, five or six, our schedule will warrant (that the selection committee says) ‘We have to look at these guys, because of what they did in their pre-conference,’” Moren said. “And we know the Big Ten is tough.”

The Hoosiers have been able to land a few notable opponents thus far. IU is scheduled to play Auburn as part of a two-year, home-and-home agreement. The Tigers won 20 games last season and won their first-round NCAA tournament game.

The Hoosiers will have a second Southeastern Conference opponent in Vanderbilt, which agreed to visit Assembly Hall in 2016 as a trade for the Hoosiers’ participation in last November’s Thanksgiving tournament in Nashville, Tenn. It is also the Hoosiers’ plan to head down to Florida for another non-conference tournament. This past season, IU drew two NCAA tournament teams, Miami (Fla.) and West Virginia, in the Florida Sunshine Classic.

Also on the schedule: Western Kentucky, Southeastern Missouri and Presbyterian. IU still has to find about three more games for its non-conference slate.

Not on the schedule is Indiana State. After leaving the Sycamores for IU in August 2014, Moren has never liked playing her former team, just as she didn’t enjoy playing Georgia Tech, led by friend and former Purdue teammate MaChelle Joseph, in last year’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

Speaking of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, Moren expects the Hoosiers to draw a pretty good opponent in that non-conference matchup, because the draw correlates to how well teams finished in their conference year before. Syracuse and Florida State tied for third in the ACC this past season, with Miami finishing fifth.

5 comments

  1. Good to know that coach Moren is continuing to make the effort to increase the difficulty of our schedule. It certainly paid off this year! Any time you can include SEC teams on your schedule, that is a great advantage. That conference is brutal! I watched Auburn & Vanderbilt both play around 4 times this past year and they both are good basketball teams. Having Vandy come to Assembly Hall this upcoming year will be cool but, the article didn’t state if Auburn would be in our place or theirs? Just said it would be home and home? The chance of facing Syracuse (NCAA runner-up) or Florida St. which was ranked in the top 10 all year long would be a major coup. Any way you look at it, this is a good thing! Go Hoosiers!

  2. I have no doubt Moren will keep the Non-Conf shedule strong and the players want that also. Last year we werent able to compete with west va and depaul but hopefully with the incoming class plus Tia we will be better able to compete with that class of team. Lets hope we will be improved over last season.

  3. T. Moren just knows what she is doing and where she is going with IU women bb program. Has some of the coaching character of BK and KW. Though T . Moren will turn women basketball around faster than KW will turn IU fb around….as it should be since IU men’s fb is a much bigger challenge.

  4. It’d be nice if Coach Moren would be able to schedule non-conference opponents such as Notre Dame, Oregon State, and quite possibly Stanford because it’d definitely work in the Hoosiers favor on multiple fronts like more experience against highly ranked teams and preparing the team for the type of team’s they’d be facing in the post season if they’re able to advance to the later rounds. I strongly suspect that they’ll be a lot better next season and more than likely capable of breaking into the Top 15 rankings too.

  5. Walkzak 96 — If you saw the Moren interview she was asked that very quetion about scheduling ND. She indicated she wanted to have 3-4 recruiting classes before she was ready to do that, but that could be accelerated. I still believe she will soon get a top flight recruit in the next couple of years. IUWBB stock has risen with this years recent success and recruits will start assessing IU differently from in past years.

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