Hoosiers will face Pittsburgh in Jimmy V Classic

  • 07/01/2009 5:01 pm in

As speculated a couple of weeks ago, Indiana will face Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden in December. The game will be part of a doubleheader in the Jimmy V Classic. Here’s the official release from IU:

The Indiana University men’s basketball team will face Pittsburgh in the second game of the 2009 Jimmy V Classic scheduled for 9 p.m., Tuesday December 8 in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Butler will face Georgetown in the opening contest at 7 p.m., with both games set to air on ESPN.  This is the 15th Annual Classic, with Indiana making its second appearance in the event (1999).

“My wife and I are contributors to the V Foundation and it is an honor for us to participate in the Jimmy V Classic,” said IU Head Coach Tom Crean.  “This is annually one of the premiere events in college basketball and it is always exciting to take a team to Madison Square Garden.  We have great respect for the Pittsburgh program.”

The two early-season college basketball events showcasing top programs on ESPN and ESPN2 will conclude the third annual Jimmy V Week, a week-long initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research December 2-8.

Maybe I’m a bit optimistic, but I’ve got a good feeling this could be a win for our Hoosiers. The top three players for Pitt, Dejuan Blair, Sam Young and Levance Fields, are gone. And IU will no longer have to rely on Daniel Moore or Michael Santa to run the point. Is it time for Hoosier Hysteria yet? Hey, it was worth a shot.

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  • Kelin Blab

    This is a win win for IU playing on the national stage even though the program is a little down bodes well for recruits watching. A win by IU would be another positive step forward……especially being preceded by Butler playing, we cannot be seen as second fiddle…even though we may be for now.

  • Kelin Blab

    This is a win win for IU playing on the national stage even though the program is a little down bodes well for recruits watching. A win by IU would be another positive step forward……especially being preceded by Butler playing, we cannot be seen as second fiddle…even though we may be for now.

  • Kelin Blab

    This is a win win for IU playing on the national stage even though the program is a little down bodes well for recruits watching. A win by IU would be another positive step forward……especially being preceded by Butler playing, we cannot be seen as second fiddle…even though we may be for now.

  • Kelin Blab

    This is a win win for IU playing on the national stage even though the program is a little down bodes well for recruits watching. A win by IU would be another positive step forward……especially being preceded by Butler playing, we cannot be seen as second fiddle…even though we may be for now.

  • Newtonian

    Not so fast…..Pitt plays awesome in MSG…look at their Big East Tourney record and so forth…..I hope the Hoosiers can pull it out under the bright lights of MSG…

  • Newtonian

    Not so fast…..Pitt plays awesome in MSG…look at their Big East Tourney record and so forth…..I hope the Hoosiers can pull it out under the bright lights of MSG…

  • Newtonian

    Not so fast…..Pitt plays awesome in MSG…look at their Big East Tourney record and so forth…..I hope the Hoosiers can pull it out under the bright lights of MSG…

  • Newtonian

    Not so fast…..Pitt plays awesome in MSG…look at their Big East Tourney record and so forth…..I hope the Hoosiers can pull it out under the bright lights of MSG…

  • hoosier07

    gosh this is the best news ever considering my company owns MSG and our offices are across the street!! Finally get to see the hoosiers play in the big city!!

  • hoosier07

    gosh this is the best news ever considering my company owns MSG and our offices are across the street!! Finally get to see the hoosiers play in the big city!!

  • hoosier07

    gosh this is the best news ever considering my company owns MSG and our offices are across the street!! Finally get to see the hoosiers play in the big city!!

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  • Kelin Blab

    I am looking forward to seeing how a matured Devan Dumes plays this year. I know the kid had to deal with some things this year but I hope he has worked things out as I would like to see him really do well this year. He could provide some senior leadership and one thing he can do is put the ball in the basket…..

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  • CraiginOR

    I seem to remember the Coach suggesting we would have more cupcakes on this year's schedule, Pitt, Maryland, UK and there are several ranked teams in the Puerto Rican tournament oh, .and the Big 10 is on an up cycle Also read on ESPN (Ford) that our biggest rivalry is with Wisconsin because of Coach and Bo having a history (never knew it)

  • Diesel

    That's a great point CraiginOR, the schedule doesn't seem to be any easier. I think the difference is when you get an opportunity to play in the Jimmy V Classic at MSG, you just do it, the pros will outweigh the cons for your program regardless of the result. Perhaps the cupcakes this year will have a bit more icing with some sprinkles on top.

    An interesting tidbit I heard on the radio this week – Coach Steve Alford was being interviewed and they were talking about his time at Manchester College. I knew he had taken those kids to the Div III Championship, but didn't realize they faced off against Bo Ryan's team. I knew he too went through the ranks and was quite successful at the Div III and II levels, just didn't realize these guys squared off for the big game.

  • JerryCT

    I never understood or bought into the cupcake business. That is not how you get into the tournament or recruit big time players. I like what we are doing and will probably head for PR, NY and travel to Btwn for MD game.

  • IU Marine

    I agree that Pittsburg will add another challenging game to what appears to be a strong schedule. But when you get a chance to play in the “Jimmy V Classic” you just don't turn it down.

    Has anything heard anymore about Creek and Muniru? Creek SAT score was supposed to be available by late June. Well here it is early July and I haven't heard anything. I happen to be in the Creek camp believing that he is the real deal. I hope for IU's sake (and mine as a fan) that he gets his scores and get to campus. I was reading a blog the other day where someone had watched a scrimmage at Assembly Hall. It got the old basketball juices flowing.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • Diesel

    Certainly I believe you need a mix within the schedule. The first thing you have to do to get in the tournament is win games. If you don't win enough games, it doesn't matter what your APR is. The other thing is I think a team like ours will need to “learn to win” together as a team. RMK used to cupcake the Hoosier Classic and the other holiday tournament we hosted. One of the other things Alford said on the radio was about the preparation the team went through for the opponent and the first game he played they blew this team out because they knew that team's offense better than they did. It was something they could build upon, learning the requirements it would take to win bigger games.

    I love to hear Brad Stephens speak, he always talks about opportunities to “work on us”, meaning instead of preparing for the other team, work on the things that we need to work on to better ourselves. A cupcake gives you a little more ability to do that than say prepping for MSU. It also gives opportunity for players to get experience and for coach to experiement with different line-ups and plays.

  • Kelin Blab

    This should be a interesting july for IU….

    1. Creek receives his 'passing' SAT scores
    2. Bawa arrives on bloomington soil and we get footage of him walking on campus
    3. Marquis Teague decides to go to IU or go somewhere

    In the indy star today there is an interesting article about a kid in Indy who loves IU but I don't think they have offered him…….he is also a youtube dunking legend…..
    http://www.indystar.com/article/20090704/SPORTS

  • HoosierNational

    This will probably be a loss, but you never know. Last year we were supposed to get shelled by Gonzaga and we hung in there until the last bit. Hopefully we give Pitt hell this year in NYC

  • In regards to Teague, here's a quote he recently made to a Louisville site:

    “My dad wants to make it before the high school season starts but I don’t know. I might make a decision this summer but I’ve got to sit down with them (parents) and talk about it.”

  • Kelin Blab

    The saga continues…..My guess is this heads into the fall before the season starts. Does not seem to be in a hurry, afterall he is only a junior. Could be good news for IU, may have broken through the Pitino, Teague, Dad ties…….

  • hoosierboy

    Bawa will be officially on the campus the 21st. july 21

  • In regards to Teague, here's a quote he recently made to a Louisville site:

    “My dad wants to make it before the high school season starts but I don’t know. I might make a decision this summer but I’ve got to sit down with them (parents) and talk about it.”

  • Kelin Blab

    The saga continues…..My guess is this heads into the fall before the season starts. Does not seem to be in a hurry, afterall he is only a junior. Could be good news for IU, may have broken through the Pitino, Teague, Dad ties…….

  • hoosierboy

    Bawa will be officially on the campus the 21st. july 21