The 2012-2013 schedule: What we know

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media on Tuesday afternoon. He discussed several topics at length, including the 2012-2013 schedule.

While the complete slate won’t be released until August or September, here’s what we know so far:

· Close The Gap Crossroads Classic: IU’s opponent will be Butler on Dec. 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Crean said Tuesday he expects the Bulldogs to be a top 20 or top 25 team.

· Legends Classic at the Barclays Center: The Hoosiers will face two of  three teams — either Georgetown, Georgia or UCLA — on Nov. 19-20 at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The games at the Barclays Center will be preceded by home games from Nov. 11-15 at the campus sites of the four teams.

The Bruins should be a top 15 team, so it would make sense for IU and UCLA to meet on the second night of the event in Brooklyn.

· Kentucky game remains in limbo: Continuing the annual series with the Wildcats is still very much up in the air as Crean offered this update on Tuesday: “We have the Kentucky game which is still being talked about and worked on. It’s not set in stone because as many of you know Kentucky doesn’t want to play it on campus anymore. That is certainly not our first choice. Keeping it on campus is without a doubt our first choice, always has been since I’ve been here. Again when it was all said and done, to my knowledge, Kentucky was the one that moved it back to campuses before we came, to my knowledge, that’s what I’ve been told. We’ve got that to play out.”

If the two sides fail to come to an agreement, the Hoosiers have discussed a series with Kansas.

· No game with Louisville: Crean was asked about beginning a series with Louisville, which Rick Pitino expressed interest in last month in Portland, but that is not on the immediate horizon.

“This is not the first time of having a good team and sometimes when you walk down that road you start thinking well we need to this for scheduling and we need to do that for television,” Crean said. “That’s not how it works. The RPI is always going to take care of itself in this league. We want to do things that make sense. Now, I said all that to say this. It may very well make sense to do that, but it’s not this year.”

· Marquee game of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge? The matchups should be announced next month, but Crean named North Carolina and North Carolina State as two opponents Indiana could see in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Duke is due a home game after traveling to Ohio State last season, so the Blue Devils are unlikely. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack should both be top 15 and maybe even top 10 teams.

· Big Ten single plays: The conference schedule will again be 18 games with Indiana playing seven teams two times and four teams once. If the past is any precedent, the single plays should remain the same — Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin — with the venues changing. So the Hoosiers will host Nebraska and Wisconsin and will travel to Illinois and Northwestern.

  • plane1972

    I actually think Nike does a great job with Kentucky’s uni design. Good modern takes on their historic look. I’m not talking about Tony Delk and his wildcat claw marks down his shorts, and I’m not a fan of the semi transparent designs they do on the back of jerseys now, but that “platinum” series they did for their marquee programs was kinda cool and not nearly as far out as what Adidas did in the tournament with the “electric” designs. I think Adidas could do something similar with its blueblood programs in IU, UCLA and Kansas and it not be a complete disaster.

    To me, the candy stripes are the completely untouchable item. I wouldn’t mind a respectable twist on the uniforms, though.

  • iunbears

    I’m trying to put together a bus from fort wayne, in. so I’m called bloomington yesterday and the secretaries could not give me any specific date. would love to know the answer on when they’re going to have hoosier hysteria!!

  • iunbears

    I’m trying to put together a bus from fort wayne, in. so I’m called bloomington yesterday and the secretaries could not give me any specific date. would love to know the answer on when they’re going to have hoosier hysteria!!

  • marcusgresham

    If they were to do that, it would only be on the stipulation that the candy stripes were part of the alternative uni, not just the warm ups!

  • marcusgresham

    If they were to do that, it would only be on the stipulation that the candy stripes were part of the alternative uni, not just the warm ups!

  • marcusgresham

    I hope you’re not referring to those god-forsaken denim uniforms they wore.  The only way they’d have been more redneck was to have had actual overall straps on them.

  • marcusgresham

    “Duke is due a home game after traveling to Ohio State last season…”

    Hasn’t Indiana traveled for a few years now?  God forbid Duke has something fall on them that might resemble a disadvantage.

  • Daburns0

    I think Kentucky’s desire to move to neutral locations is due to two things.  One, they want to play in Indy, where the talent in HS is very heavy.  I think they feel they would have a good showcase game in Indy.  IU doesn’t care for this because we don’t usually recruit the state of Kentucky (UK doesn’t for that matter).  Plus, we already play in Indy and have a big presence here.
    Number two, I don’t think they were very pleased with the amazing atmosphere at Assembly Hall.  Which I think is stupid, plus, it set them up for their run the rest of the year.  They never had to play in that tough of an environment the rest of the season.  I just don’t think they care to come back to AH and probably get their a**es kicked every other year.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Our motto could be: “IU … we wear throwback jerseys every game.”

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    I’ve always said that we were sporting throwbacks before sporting throwbacks was cool. Thank you Barbara Mandrell.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    And U of E style t-shirts. Oh, sending good karma Meleah’s way.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    If Bobby Knight ever decided to grace Assembly Hall with his presence, could the unis be red sweaters? Crean could don a Knight-style plaid blazer.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    If Bobby Knight ever decided to grace Assembly Hall with his presence, could the unis be red sweaters? Crean could don a Knight-style plaid blazer.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Those denims were the dumbest things things ever, eh?  And IMO, I think Nike’s designs on the back of the jerseys are lame (see: PUke’s … they’ve got the engineering fountain on there!).  “You know what looks cool and intimidating?”  “No, what?” “Fountains. On the backs of jerseys.” “Good idea, Phil!”

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I think money might be another angle.  If they can sell 40-50,000 seats in Lucas Oil Stadium every other year (and sell out the YUM! Center), then that’s like getting the revenue from two games for the price of playing just one.

  • HoosierHawz

    That was by Creans request.  He didnt want a home Kentucky game and Home ACC game the same year.  He wanted it to alternate

  • B-Town88

    How about the 50’s/”Hoosiers” style silk short-shorts? Just kidding!

  • marcusgresham

    Those U of E women’s softball jerseys were the worst ever.  I’m cool with the colors, but sleeves?  Woeful.

    She’s doing better—they took the tube out and she talked some today, but I honestly thought they were preparing to tell us she didn’t make it the way the doctor was talking at first.

  • Geoff_85

    They’ll play everyone more than once a year on average.

  • Geoff_85

    Some friends and I were trying to figure out what the backdrop was on PUke’s uniforms. We thought it was Mackey Arena like it had some sort of history or something. Good to know that it’s the engineering fountain. PS what the hell is the engineering fountain? I live in Frankfort and work in Lafayette with tons of PUke fans and they’ve never mentioned the engineering fountain lol.

  • Geoff_85

    Some friends and I were trying to figure out what the backdrop was on PUke’s uniforms. We thought it was Mackey Arena like it had some sort of history or something. Good to know that it’s the engineering fountain. PS what the hell is the engineering fountain? I live in Frankfort and work in Lafayette with tons of PUke fans and they’ve never mentioned the engineering fountain lol.

  • Derbus

    Calipari wants a chance tp go undefeated, leave his mark b4 he retires.  He figures better odds away from Assembly Hall.  imho

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Maybe it has an official name other than “engineering fountain,” but that’s what we called it (during my six years there, gag). There are only two main fountains on campus, it’s the biggest one. If your PUke friends have ever been on campus other than to Crappy Arena, they’ve probably seen it.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m still thinking McGary’s going to be a stud. I know the cupboard ended up being stocked, but I’d have loved to see him in cream & crimson.

  • marcusgresham

    What do you mean?  Sam Houston’s a legend–“remember the Alamo!”  

  • marcusgresham

    Is “engineering fountain” a euphemism for “bidet”?

  • marcusgresham

    Is “engineering fountain” a euphemism for “bidet”?

  • marcusgresham

    He’ll leave a mark.  Like a shellbound gastropod.

  • Geoff_85

    That’s what I’m saying. Looks like someone needs to brush up on their history, and I don’t want to be too forward here, but he hails from Kokomo.

  • Geoff_85

    Oh we’ve been on campus plenty of times other than to go to the now newly renovated Crappy Arena, but it was very dark and we were….well, we were wasted. I was wasted every time I set foot on that campus other than to go to games lol.

  • Joshb0313

    we should play louisville

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