Indiana finalizes 2015-2016 basketball schedule

  • 10/06/2015 12:52 pm in

Indiana has finalized its 2015-2016 basketball schedule with a pair of exhibition games set for Assembly Hall in early November.

The Hoosiers will welcome the University of Ottawa to Bloomington on Tuesday, Nov. 3 and then host Bellarmine University on Monday, Nov. 9.

Indiana lost to Ottawa last year in Montreal, 109-101, as the teams combined for 25 made 3-pointers. The Gee-Gees went on to finish 31-3 last season.

“The Ottawa program is widely considered one of the two best programs in Canada,” Tom Crean said in a release.  “James Derouin (2014-15 Canadian National Coach of the Year) of Ottawa is one of the premier coaches in all of Canada and we played them a year ago and lost to them in Montreal. We had a very hard time covering their perimeter and 3-point shooting. We are anxious to match up with them again.”

Ottawa returns two of its three leading scorers.

Perennial Division II power Bellarmine, a Final Four team last season, is the former home of current IU walk-on Ryan Burton. The Knights won the national championship in Division II in 2001.

“These are the kind of games our team needs right now,” Crean said. “They’re going to make it very hard on us and give us great preparation for what we will have to face in November and beyond. These kind of games are going to help us get better.”

The complete 2015-2016 Indiana basketball schedule is available here.

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  • straight no chaser

    I like our schedule, but the Ottawa game does not mean much to me if it is going to be another shooting match with zero defense on both sides. Let’s see if we can beat them 101-60.

  • Young Hoosier

    It’ll be a struggle to beat Bellarmine if we can’t play defense.

  • TomJameson

    I think this is where CTC is planning on showcasing the defense. He has a habit of scheduling teams to work on certain parts of the game. playing a team that pressures the ball, a good rebounding team, a good running offensive team, etc…

  • straight no chaser

    Lol, Tom. Is having a defense so exotic that we have to “showcase” it??!! But I get you, we were so bad that playing ANY team is a chance to “showcase” our D.

  • inLinE6

    Ottawa is better than you thought. We should be able to win but they’re a high-major D1 level program.

  • straight no chaser

    Blah blah blah. Let’s show ’em some “real American” bball with a Hoosier flavor!

  • Bill Graham

    Well they are better than Creighton…. but thats not saying much.

  • marcusgresham

    I think it’s a great idea. I’d rather have our guys playing a team that forces them to work on things they have struggled with more than I would see them beat the hell out of the Graces and Andersons of the world. They could probably construct a team of HYPER All-Stars that could rival a few of the teams we’ve seen in exhibition games.

  • SCHoosier

    Like’em or not the Gee-Gee’s can “Score-Score” They won’t worry about defense..but IU better. We should get an early read on defensive improvement. This game is anything but a gimme for IU.

  • TomJameson

    LOL … Okay, maybe showcase wasn’t quite the right word. Maybe “prove the naysayers wrong”, or “show off the D”, or something along those lines. The point being when CTC wants to work on beating the press, he schedules a hard pressing team. When wanting to focus (practice) on the defense, then schedule a good offensive team. Pretty simple. 🙂

    Some just don’t believe anybody has worked on defense at all in the off-season. This game will prove it one way or another because Ottawa is a very good offensive team, and well coached.