An early look at next season’s non-conference schedule

  • 05/13/2008 11:17 pm in

Inside the Hall reader Colin sent along the following piece of information:

Just to let you know, buried in the 750 page document submitted to the NCAA was this tidbit (in Section E9) that states that IU will be playing Gonzaga in the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase game in Boston at the TD Banknorth Garden (I live in Boston so this is very exciting) on Dec 6, 2008. Don’t know if that was made public yet. Last year, this was a four-team doubleheader. Good solid OOC game for Crean’s boys. The below is lifted straight from the document:

Indiana University’s known television commitments for the 2008-09 men’s basketball season, beyond those covered generally by the Big Ten Conference are as follows:

November 24-26, EA Sports Maui Classic (3 games), ESPN

December 3, at Wake Forest (Big Ten/ACC Challenge), ESPN

December 6, vs. Gonzaga, Hall of Fame Showcase, ESPN

December 13, at Kentucky, CBS

Those of you starting to piece together a non-conference schedule for next season, you’re looking at a majority of the tough games right here. North Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Oregon and Notre Dame are among the possible opponents for IU in Maui. Wake Forest should be a top 15 team with their outstanding crop of freshman coming to Winston-Salem and most early preseason top 25 lists I’ve seen include Gonzaga. And it’s certainly never easy to play in Rupp Arena. While the Hoosiers will certainly take their lumps with this schedule, it’s nice to see a more competitive list of opponents being compiled after last season’s smorgasbord of bottom feeders.

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  • Are we doing the Rupp/Assembly home and home again? I thought we were going back to Louisville and Indy, but I can't find any info stating that.

  • We're doing Rupp and Assembly again, unfortunately.

  • woodpecker

    Wow, the schedule next season is going to be tuff as hell! If they could squeeze out an NIT bid I think that would be incredable.

  • deedubbadoo

    Hey as AC/DC once said, “It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'N' roll!” The good news is that expectations cannot be too high, so I think it will give the kids some time to grow and mature. We are going to very young and very raw but, if we can keep everyone together for 3-4 years we are going to have a good group of upperclassmen with a ton of experience.

  • Gonzaga could crap in a can, say it's their team, and they'd still be in the preseason top 20.

    i just wonder what would happen if Butler's jerseys said “Gonzaga” on them. they would've been a top-five team and a two-seed last year.

  • I wouldn't say unfortunately. It evens out at the end. Besides, with all the Indy/Louisville dates, I'm willing to risk a loss at Rupp for a chance to beat you guys in Assembly two years from now.

    BTW, Big A, I linked the post on Leonard Washington over at my blog. Swing by sometime and say hello! Of course, the closer to December we get, the less welcoming we might be. 🙂

  • I liked having the game in Indy because it allows more people to see the game. I think both teams will have a hard time winning on the road if they continue the series as a home and home. Hopefully, it'll move back to Indy/Louisville after the next two meetings.

  • ALH_00

    no expectations (regarding wins) but I would like to see a fundamentally sound, hard-working team.

    IU may not win any of those games, but the experience our young players will get going to Rupp and WF will be great. So I look at this as a great schedule with an opportunity to get some confidence with an early win over a heavily favored opponent…no likely, but crazier things have happened.

  • tberry

    You have to play against the best if you ever want to be the best!!!

  • Zagnative

    As a Gonzaga fan, I was excited to see this post but decided to e-mail the folks at the HOF to see if it were possible to confirm the date and location of the game and whether Gonzaga was confirmed to play. This was the response I received this morning:

    “Details have not been confirmed, but the games for the '08-'09 event will most likely take place in Indianapolis. Gonzaga has not been confirmed. There will be a formal announcement once details are firmed up.”

    Shoot. Waiting for schedules to be firmed up is a pain!

  • Zagnative

    Well, after I posted the above, a reliable source at ESPN confirmed to the board administrator at guboards.com that Gonzaga is definitely on for the HOF game with Indiana. However, I still haven't determined whether the Boston location is correct or whether the game will end up in Indianapolis as originally slated.

  • Zagnative

    As a Gonzaga fan, I was excited to see this post but decided to e-mail the folks at the HOF to see if it were possible to confirm the date and location of the game and whether Gonzaga was confirmed to play. This was the response I received this morning:

    “Details have not been confirmed, but the games for the '08-'09 event will most likely take place in Indianapolis. Gonzaga has not been confirmed. There will be a formal announcement once details are firmed up.”

    Shoot. Waiting for schedules to be firmed up is a pain!

  • Zagnative

    Well, after I posted the above, a reliable source at ESPN confirmed to the board administrator at guboards.com that Gonzaga is definitely on for the HOF game with Indiana. However, I still haven't determined whether the Boston location is correct or whether the game will end up in Indianapolis as originally slated.