IUWBB: Hoosiers to play Florida, UCLA as part of ’18-19 sked

Big Ten Conference teams announced their full 2018-19 schedules on Tuesday, and Indiana revealed a non-conference slate that will include a couple of prominent programs.

IU will host Florida on Nov. 21 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. After a ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup at Wake Forest on Nov. 28, the Hoosiers will travel to UCLA on Dec. 2.

An in-state program, Butler, has been added to the schedule as a home contest on Dec. 5. The Hoosiers leave for a three-game tournament in Puerto Rico on Dec. 19.

“Our schedule for the 2018-19 season is once again designed to be competitive and we’re really looking forward to the challenge it presents,” IU head coach Teri Moren said in a statement. “We’ve scheduled some difficult road games while providing an exciting home slate for our dedicated fans.” 

IU is coming off a WNIT championship, but UCLA is fresh off an appearance in the NCAA tourney’s Elite Eight in 2018.  The Bruins have won 25 or more games in each of the last three seasons.

Florida has been down in recent seasons, finishing 15-16 and 11-19 in consecutive years. But when the Hoosiers last faced the Gators in 2016-17, they were coming off a 22-9 season and an NCAA tournament appearance. IU beat Florida, 102-88, on Dec. 20, 2016.

Cameron Newbauer, who was a candidate for the IU job when it last opened, is heading into his second season as the Gators’ coach. He led Belmont to the NCAA tourney in 2016 and ’17.

IU will also have a new exhibition opponent, opening up with Northwood on Nov. 2 at the Hall. The Hoosiers will open up conference play at Illinois on Dec. 28.

The full schedule can be found here.

7 comments

  1. Another well crafted non conference schedule this season. The December 2 game with UCLA at Pauley will be a good measuring stick for this program. Looking forward to the season.

    1. Yes the UCLA pick up was also the one that sticks out in my mind. The bruins were constantly ranked in the top ten last season finishing #9 I think. I remember when Moren was asked if she would like to schedule ND the answer being something to effect “we need a few more recruiting classes” first. Perhaps now she feels differently, at least that is the thought that comes to mind . That particular road game should tell the coaching staff plenty about this current team.
      Another thought comes to mind about our team. It is generally thought that Patberg and Wise will fill the vacant starting positions, agreed at least at first. But until recently IU had never had a 5 star player on its roster so now will IU have a 5 star coming off the bench, unheard of for IU. Berger is just too good to come off the bench, yet she is a freshman.

  2. Loyola of Chicago’s men’s basketball momentum to its eventual Final Four began with a stunning upset at Florida. Nice to see one of our programs doesn’t duck the challenges which can become the belief in March.

  3. Appears UCLA wont quite be what they were last year losing Jordin Canada and two other key seniors, but the “way too early” poll still has them sitting at #21. Will still be a great test on the road.

  4. South Dakota is one of the top mid major programs in the country and has averaged 28 wins per season over the last 3 years with 29 wins last season. Florida should be much improved over last season and Butler is an up and coming Big East program.

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