Indiana announces 2013-2014 basketball schedule

  • 08/28/2013 2:24 pm in

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Indiana University announced the complete men’s basketball schedule for the 2013-2014 season earlier this afternoon. Nearly the entire non-conference schedule had already been revealed, but now the finalized schedule with all Big Ten dates is out.

Start times, broadcast information and an exhibition game will be solidified at a later date.

Indiana’s non-conference portion of the schedule is highlighted by a road game with Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, a neutral court meeting at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic and a trip to New York City to play Washington and either Connecticut or Boston College in Madison Square Garden in the 2K Sports Classic.

The Hoosiers will open the Big Ten season on Tuesday, Dec. 31 in Champaign against Illinois. IU will play just one game against Ohio State (home), Iowa (home), Minnesota (away) and Purdue (away), while facing every other Big Ten team twice.

Indiana will play at least two conference games on CBS, including their Big Ten home opener against Michigan State on Saturday, Jan. 4, and seven conference games on the ESPN family of networks, including at Purdue on Saturday, Feb. 15, on either ESPN or ESPN2.

In total, Indiana will play 20 home dates, which is important as men’s basketball generated revenue of $8.7 million last season in ticket sales. Tickets remain for four home games (Evansville on Nov. 26, Nicholls State on Dec. 20, Kennesaw State on Dec. 22, and Michigan State on Jan. 4) that are a part of the Holiday mini-series package that is available through the IU Athletics ticket office (1-866-IUSports).

Last year, IU finished fifth nationally in attendance and set a school record by averaging 17,412 fans per game. 14,500 student season tickets have been sold for the 2013-2014 season and each student will receive eight of the 16 available game tickets.

“We always want as much television exposure as possible, especially at home,” said Coach Tom Crean. “We have had so many memorable moments the past couple of years it has been great to be able to share that with as many fans as possible. We play 20 dates in Assembly Hall, including two exhibitions, and with our budget expectations that is where we need to be.”

“We’ve played as well as anyone away from Assembly Hall (a national best 7-2 in Big Ten road games last year) the last two years and we have great challenges ahead of us with games in Madison Square Garden against Washington and either BC or UConn. With this being the third year of the Crossroads Classic, the teams are very familiar with the setting and our trip to Syracuse will be as good as any Big Ten road game. As far as our conference schedule, there is a reason it is the toughest league in the country. You don’t look ahead. Each game takes on its own meaning.”

You can find the complete 2013-14 schedule after the jump or on our schedule page.

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  • Dagwoods

    So, I’m thinking (not counting B1G tournament) – 25-6. Not happy with the cupcake preseason but we seem to have a favorable conference draw this year.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Overall, it’s a difficult schedule that will test our young and fairly inexperienced team plenty before March. That being said a home non-conference schedule of Chicago State, LIU Brooklyn, Samford, Stony Brook, Evansville, North Florida, Oakland, Nicholls State and Kennesaw State is….uninspiring. I’m going to be excited to watch every IU game no matter who they are playing but there’s no way I’m paying money to see any of those non-conference home games and I hope that gets remedied a bit in the future.

  • CreamandCrimson

    If we go 25-6 I would be very, very (pleasantly) surprised.

  • Ole Man

    Four tough, but win-able pre-B1G games.
    Rest of the schedule should be “No thanks, Big Ten!”
    Open at IL, which always gives us trouble. MSU twice in just over two weeks? End of season at MI?
    Toughy this year.

  • Ole Man

    Amen, to that! I see 19-12, just as easy; maybe 20-11 and a 7-9 seed in the dance.

  • ATLHoosier1979

    You seem to be pretty pessimistic about the schedule. I, for one, don’t think the B1G schedule is all that tough. We got lucky only getting OSU once and Iowa once, both at home. And MINN should be down this year, so our trip to the Barn is definitely a game we can win. I say 11-2 non-con and 11-7 in B1G, making us 22-9 heading into the B1G tourney….

  • Doug

    This is pretty ugly. We are going to be hammered by the selection committee.

  • faithfulfan

    I see 23-8. Losses to BC/UConn, Syracuse, MSU (x2), Wisc (x2), OSU, @ Mich

  • SirEric

    I’m thinking around 21 wins. Any more than 23 would be fantastic.

  • ohboyohboyohboy

    31-0

  • Ole Man

    I think 10-8 in the B1G is more likely. This team is too young. They have to learn to play on the road in the B1G; they have to come together as a team.
    Heck; we could easily drop the PSU game and be 0-3 to start the season with our nemesis, Wisc, next on the schedule.
    It’s not based on pessimism as much as our youth and inexperience.

  • Kevin Bunch

    I’m not sure what some people are thinking, but this team will be lucky to win 20 games all year. Just too inexperienced.

  • tmessIUfan

    I agree with your 23-8 assessment. Anything above that is a blessing. The top of the big ten is going to be tough this season!

  • BrianS

    Can we please beat Wisconsin this year! Pretty Please!!

  • Shawn Congo

    I see between 20-26 wins. The “young team theory” is not as valid as it once was. Most teams lose their best talent through the draft regardless of their age. There are always more and more young teams. Great coaches develop their young teams quickly so that they are competitive with everyone else by their league season. Not saying they WILL be great, but there is always the potential for it even if they are young.

  • Bobby34

    Is that a joke? This is 2013, not 1980. Experience is not exactly at a premium in college basketball. Considering the Hoosiers return Sheehey and Ferrell, that’s more than enough experience.

  • HoosierPat

    It’s pretty dumb how PU is only scheduled once. Oh we’ll I guess we’ll just have to emabarrass them on their own court again.

  • Snookafly

    I say it every year.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    I also don’t think we will sweep ILL and will lose to ND 21-10 going into BIG tourney.

  • esapata

    Unfortunately, the students had to pay in advance for a “season tix” package, half of which is comprised of conference games. The students go no matter what, but it is disappointing to see such a lackluster slate of opponents only after having paid up for those games. It’s unfortunate that the Syracuse game is up in NY (which we’ve known would be the case), but that UNC game was a lot of fun last year, so fair is fair in ACC/B1G land.

  • hoosier1158

    We need one really good game for non-conference play. What’s that really good team in eastern KY, Morehead St?

  • SCHoosier

    I think this an appropriate schedule given the experience level of the roster. UCONN ( if IU gets by Wash.) and SYRA will be rude awakenings. I figured Coach Bennie and his Samford team would be on the schedule…given his time at IU. This team has talent and could develop quickly..but I think I’ll keep my powder dry on the Big-10 until I see how the kids mesh in the cupcake season. If we don’t show well in the conference ..the pre-season schedule isn’t gonna do much for our RPI and getting into the Dance. But..Hoosiers have to prove they CAN dance before we worry about that. I’m optimistic.

  • GeneralRMK

    20-11. Pretty tough out there in the B1G – nine losses.

  • CreanFaithful

    One more you mean? Syracuse and UConn (yes, Uconn is going to wipe the floor with Boston College) should be expected to beat us. I’m not sure what Notre Dame is returning, but they always end up in the top 25 at some point in the year. I think those are some excellent early challenges. I think adjusting the level of the cupcakes would be more appropriate. Play teams in the 75-150 range, rather than 200+.

  • And_One

    We split with the Michigan teams. We beat OSU like we should have last time. We sweep UW. Syracuse continues to be kryptonite. We give UConn a wedgie and take their lunch money. We make the finals of the B1G tournament. We are a 4 seed. After that, the crystal grows murky.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Well there’s no way UConn loses to BC… But if they did there’s no way we lose to them. They are picked dead last in their conference. They are going to be brutal this year.

    I’m seeing 23-8 or 24-7… With 6 losses in B1G play.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Who has more youth and inexperience – IU or Illini? How about IU or PSU? (I’ll give you a hint, its not us). Who has more talent? (Another hint, it is us)

    There are only 3 talent-laden teams in the B1G with measurably more experience – MSU, Iowa, and OSU.

    UM is basically a bunch of frosh and sophs… UW’s core is similar after losing Bruiser, Berggren, and Evans.

    So why is our youth and inexperience a detriment? Aren’t we more talented than most? I mean in straight up talent, we have a better roster than OSU…

    I think the culture has changed at IU and the current roster has expectations of winning. They believe they should be good. By all accounts they work as hard or harder than any group of players during the summer…

    I just don’t see that many speed bumps on this schedule.

  • HoosierFan08

    Even if we lose to OSU and MSU twice, split with UM and Wisconsin. We’re still in good shape to win 11-13 conference games. Non-conference losses to Syracuse and Connecticut, and we’re still looking at 22-9. We show up and make it to the Semi-finals of the B10 tourney, end up as a 5 seed in the big dance. This in my opinion is a worse case senario, could turn out much better

  • dtfreed

    Do they force the students to buy F-ball season tix to get B-ball tickets? Seems like a natural thing Glass would do. . .

  • I think this is a fairly realistic forecast… Is your wife one of them that thinks you’re only accurate 75% of the time? I tend to be a little more optimistic and am thinking more like 24 – 7… Of course I would like to be pleasantly surprised and have them do a 25 – 6 or even 25 – 5 …. Just not sure what to expect. I’m thinking we’re going to be better than a lot of people give us credit for… but not sure. It’s going to be fun.. that’s for sure. Gosh, wish there was at least one blue-chip home game during the pre-con sched.

  • Michigan was young last year.. and look what they did. Think the conference was a little better last year. Think you’re just a bit pessimistic.

  • esapata

    Yes. Yes he does. At a “discounted” rate, but yes. Still, soccer and baseball are both free, and they’re pretty fun.

  • Ole Man

    Ken, not so much pessimism as caution 🙂

  • Ole Man

    PSU will give people fits this year. PU could eat us alive. UM has a lot more coming back than IU does, Wisc has our number and a psychological edge. How on earth do you think OSU is worse than last year?
    Politely disagreeing with your assessment.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Alex, why was my comment removed? There was nothing negative at all in my comment?

  • HoosierTrav

    I think you place too much emphasis on us being young. We still have veterans returning. Its not like your everyday UK team where there is inexperience across the board. We still have Sheehey (who i highly doubt is going to sit back and lose during his senior year), Yogi, Hollowell, and the exceptional talent of Vonleh and Williams. I think you’re sleeping on this teams potential. There will be a learning curve but its amazing how fast we forget that Frosh can come in and IMMEDIATELY make an impact and win games. Zeller had an amazing frosh year and look at what his presence did for a roster full of guys who were used to losing. Zeller wasnt nearly as talented as Vonleh coming out of High School. Not to mention that Vonleh is 6′ 10″ with a 7′ 4″ Wingspan and weighs 245!!! Thats a much more college ready body than Zeller his frosh year….. I’m not saying hes 100% going to be better than Zeller (even though i think he will be) but you never know. This is perhaps the most talented/athletic class to step on the court at Assembly Hall (per Calbert Cheaney). I think this team wins at least 22 games before the B1G tourney. That includes our 2 annual losses to Wisky.

  • HoosierTrav

    I def respect that but I think you are overlooking some major factors that tend to negate the disadvantage of being a youthful team. We have team leaders with experience and experience winning at a high level. We have MAJOR talent coming in. McGary fared well last year. Fair assesment? Well Vonleh absolutely OWNED McGary during McGary’s 5th year of high school in all of there games head to head. I know that doesnt mean much to many, but its a telling story to me. We also dont talk enough about Evan Gordon coming from a losing culture to a winning culture. He could break out this year. He has the ability. There are many things that can happen but I’m not convinced that its going to happen bc of youth.

  • ScoopGeoff

    My best friend was a coach at PSU last year for their women’s soccer team (nat’l runners up). We talked often about the basketball program… All the coaches know eachother fairly well since Happy Valley is an isolated place. They have a ton of inner turmoil… That program has a lot to fix. They also have nothing outside of their starting backcourt.

    PU could eat us alive? Sure. I guess. But we have more talent and a program that expects success. They are trying to figure things out over there right now. Whose team would you rather have?

    I never said OSU is worse than last year. I said IU, strictly based on talent, has a better roster. OSU is fairly talented, but highly experienced, so they more than make up the difference. I definitely don’t think OSU is better than they were last year with the loss of Thomas, at best they’re about the same.

  • IUMIKE1

    Gonna make your load a little easier this year Santa. Don’t worry about my presents this year just get rested up and then drop off a Bucky Badger Beatdown to me on January 14 & Feb. 25 and you’ve got me covered. I’ve been really good this year so that I could be sure that I get those presents, besides we deserve it !

  • hoosier1158

    I would like to see at least 3 really good non-conference games. Syracuse is good, UConn if they win, has some major rebuilding to do. Just a chance to get my dig at that team in eastern KY that is scared to play in Bloomington.
    Get U of L, UCLA, Kansas, Morehead St on the schedule.

  • CreanFaithful

    OK. So, next year? We don’t know who will be scheduled next year… In the meantime UConn has a great team and I believe all three of the teams I mentioned will be favored when we meet this year (questionable on ND). But 3 great games regardless. The B1G will always be brutal. You don’t want to beat your team up prior to conference play, you want them to learn and develop in those games. You don’t necessarily need more than 3 elite challengers… As I said, I think the key is increasing the level of competition in the “should win” games. I think that would please the ticket holders as well…

  • Ole Man

    LOL on the Whisky losses.
    I sure hope you’re right!

  • eglinden

    If we do all that, we should be a 1or2 seed !!!

  • hoosier1158

    I’m talking about some scheduled games that could become a good rivalry. B1G/ACC challenge you never know who IU will play. I don’t care for UConn much. A few good tough games in the non-conference schedule would be good. The team doesn’t improve a whole lot playing Cupcake ST and Twinkie U.

  • CreanFaithful

    It’s true that you never know who you will play in the B1G/ACC Challenge, but we are discussing the schedule this year and how it could’ve been improved (also, we can expect to play top tier teams in the Challenge moving forward, assuming we remain a top tier team ourselves).

    UConn is a solid team this year (ESPN preseason #23), whether you care for them or not.

    I agree with you on the “cupcake” games (as I said in both previous posts). This is the area where we could have improved the schedule this year.

    Obviously we are interested in starting a longer term elite, home/home match up, which we simply couldn’t get done this year. Hopefully we are able to get that going for the 2014-2015 schedule.

  • JB07

    Anyone try to purchase the Holiday Mini Package? I called & was told it was only available to students and not for purchase by the general public? Anyone else have better luck?