2009-2010 schedule: Five easiest opponents

  • 08/19/2009 5:27 pm in

Indiana released it’s 2009-2010 schedule earlier today and here’s a look at five of the easiest opponents on the docket. Going to format this a little different from Alex, via a process of elimination (and since my scouting prowess does not include USC-Upstate). Actually, it’s more of a “games IU should not, under any circumstances, lose.”

OK, so here’s how we’re going to shave this down to five teams. We’re going to eliminate all road Big Ten games from the equation. (Yes, even the Feb. 7 almost-home game at Northwestern and the Feb. 28 tilt at Iowa.) In fact, we’re going to eliminate all conference games, seeing as IU is projected near the bottom of the league again this year.

What else? Big Ten-ACC Challenge game against Maryland? See ya. The entire Puerto Rico Tipoff and the matchup with Pittsburgh in the Jimmy V Classic? Gone. Kentucky at home? Gone.

I think you see where I’m going with this: the vaunted non-conference home games before Big Ten season starts; the games IU (mostly) won during last year’s rough season.

They are as follows: Howard (Nov. 13), USC-Upstate (Nov. 16), Northwestern State (Nov. 28), North Carolina Central (Dec. 19), Loyola (Maryland) (Dec. 22) and Bryant (Dec. 28).

That’s six teams. Whoops. Let’s cut out Loyola (Maryland). OK, that should do it.  My work here is done.

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  • rywagner

    Sagarin Ratings from last season:

    192 Indiana
    219 Loyola-Maryland
    296 USC Upstate
    317 Northwestern State
    326 Bryant
    328 Howard
    344 NC Central

    Other close ones:
    179 Boston University

  • Kelin Blab

    help me out …Hoosier Hysteria is on what date?

  • October 16

  • JerryCT

    There are so many good players in the US that any veteran team might make us struggle ie Northeastern. We shall see if any game is “easy”. i also believe we will be competitive in the 'hard” games too. I look for tight games throughout the season

  • USC Upstate has a 7-3 center and a couple of good athletes. Indiana should beat them easily but I would have left them off of the five easiest.

  • USC Upstate has a 7-3 center and a couple of good athletes. Indiana should beat them easily but I would have left them off of the five easiest.