IU to host Howard, South Florida, Arkansas State and Eastern Michigan

  • 06/26/2017 7:44 pm in

Indiana’s 2017-18 non-conference schedule is beginning to take shape as the program announced four opponents for the upcoming season who will come to Assembly Hall in the 2017 Hoosier Tip-Off Classic.

The Hoosiers will host Howard (Nov. 12), South Florida (Nov. 19), Arkansas State (Nov. 22) and Eastern Michigan (Nov. 24) in the four-game event.

Other known non-conference games for next season include Seton Hall (Nov. 15), Duke (Nov. 29), Louisville (Dec. 9) and Notre Dame (Dec. 16).

Here’s the full release from IU on the Hoosier Tip-Off Classic:

Bloomington, Indiana—The Indiana University men’s basketball program, entering its first year under head coach Archie Miller, will host four games as part of the 2017 Hoosier Tip-Off Classic. The event features Indiana University, the University of South Florida, Eastern Michigan University, Arkansas State University and Howard University. The event will take place between Nov. 12-26, 2017.

“When it comes to giving teams the opportunity to play in Assembly Hall, everybody that we bring in here has to have great purpose, whether that’s a national opponent or a game we’re preparing to play a specific style of a team coming from a different league that we’ll see later down the road,” noted Miller. “As we look toward the future, we want to put ourselves on a marquis stage as much as you can, but also schedule with great intelligence to fit all of our needs that put us in the best possible position for post season play.”

IU will host Howard (Nov.12), South Florida (Nov. 19), Arkansas State (Nov. 22), and Eastern Michigan (Nov. 24). Arkansas State played in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

During the non-conference portion of the schedule, IU will also travel to Seton Hall as part of this year’s Gavitt Cup and to Louisville in the second game of a three-game series. The Hoosiers will host Duke as part of Big Ten/ACC Challenge and will take on Notre Dame at this year’s Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. All four of those teams also played in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

With the addition of two Big Ten games the first week of December due to the league playing this year’s Big Ten Tournament a week earlier than normal in Madison Square Garden in New York, IU is looking at its most unique pre-Christmas schedules in recent memory.

Generally, a final schedule for the men’s basketball program will not be released until early September. The Hoosier Tip-Off Classic is designated as a Multi-Team Event (MTE) which counts as only one game against a team’s limit of games that it is allowed to play in a season. IU will play 31 regular season games as it has in the past.

2017 Hoosier Tip-Off Classic Schedule
Sunday, Nov. 12 — Howard at Indiana
Thursday, Nov. 16 — Arkansas State at Eastern Michigan
Saturday, Nov. 18 — Howard at Eastern Michigan
Sunday, Nov. 19 — South Florida at Indiana
Monday, Nov. 20 — Howard at Arkansas State
Wednesday, Nov. 22 — Arkansas State at Indiana, Howard at South Florida
Friday, Nov. 24 — Eastern Michigan at Indiana, Arkansas State at South Florida
Sunday, Nov. 26 — Eastern Michigan at South Florida

bd Global will partner with IU Athletics to administer the tournament.

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  • John D Murphy

    I hate the whole concept of MTE’s. Either you have a limit or you don’t. Anyway, you have to have a couple of cupcakes and Archie isn’t talking them up like they are threats to win the NCAA.

  • sam

    Are you ever going to move on?

  • jimmygoiu

    Archie is scheduling like we prayed that CtheC would. Teams that are much better than what we viewed the previous 9 years. Crean just didn’t “get it”.

  • HoosierBballNut

    Would anyone happen to know how highly ranked these teams are expected to be? 100-200?

  • Chad Gonzalez

    All IU teams have played cupcake games..thats how you pad your schedule to get to 20 wins…

  • JethroTroll

    First post huh? Well, hopefully the quality of your posts only improve from here.

  • Henry22

    Put it this way, they’d be awesome in Div. II.

  • We’reAllForYou82

    From cdub on the forum FYI. USF should be better this year

    Kenpom and RPI
    Howard / 338 339
    South FL / 292 317
    Ark St / 124 113
    East Mich / 148 178

    there are 351 teams

  • Logical Lurker

    They can’t all be Duke … but I’m hoping for a few less cupcakes. I hope we start to play the “lesser” programs in the state to round out the rest of the non-conf schedule. The UE’s and Indiana State’s of the world. Better than cupcakes, good in-state exposure (I grew up an Aces fan) and more opportunity for IU fans around the state to watch.

    I think these teams would LOVE to play us and be hyped for it. Case in point, the IPFW debacle, but that was a much better game than pounding a KenPom 300+ into Branch McCracken court IMHO

  • HoosierBballNut

    Only two so called cup-cakes, thas great! Thank you for responding!

  • TomJameson

    If you disagree with somebody, that’s okay. What is a really very poor post is just lashing out and being insulting. Looks like your last name of “Troll” is pretty telling.

  • TomJameson

    Chad, I think you’ll find that all top D1 teams play cupcake games. No need to single out IU. Glad you joined the discussion, keep adding to that first post. 🙂

  • JethroTroll

    LoL @ your hypocrisy. You just did exactly what you condemned me for. I suggest you just worry about your own posts from now on and quit playing ‘message board cop’.

  • John D Murphy

    I’ll quit making comparisons when they aren’t relevant.

  • sam

    Your right… If it makes you feel bigger, carry on…

  • Aha, you beat me to it. I think I’ll post that as a top comment so it’ll show up better.

  • cdub76 in the premium forum did the research, here are the rankings for these opponents. A mix of bona fide cupcakes and then the 100-150 range opponents we’ve been clamoring for. A good start, I’d say.

    Kenpom and RPI
    Howard / 338 339
    South FL / 292 317
    Ark St / 124 113
    East Mich / 148 178

    there are 351 teams

  • stuart j fultz

    Actually that’s not bad. It’s one more game with an opponent that will be in the RPI 150’s. I know that doesn’t sound like a win in our scheduling but if we get a half dozen more games with the RPI 150’s it’s a half dozen less of the RPI 300’s. It’s noted that Howard’s RPI is horrendous. In 2016 we have a 5 seed that really should’ve been a 3 probably, we were hurt terribly by a handful of games with sub-250 RPI opponents. The more non-conference games we get against the Arkansas St.’s, Valpo’s, Indiana St.’s, Evansville’s and a slew of other teams of the caliber the more we’ll see year by year our tourney seeding improving. Go Hooooooosers!!!!!!!

  • Robie Malcomson

    Great post. Very informative and a proactive outlook on scheduling. I always appreciate fans who post information without too much bias and as objective as possible.

  • John D Murphy

    And if making personal attacks on other posters makes you proud of yourself then I’ll gladly serve as target. Nice to know we understand each other.

  • sam

    Nothing personal. Seems every comment you make here is personal. Now your little feelings are hurt. Look forward, not backwards. Go IUBB… Not go little John…

  • John D Murphy

    Thanks to you both for the research and passing it on. I’ll agree, a good start.

  • And the IPFW game really exposed some weaknesses in that team that unfortunately were never fixed. You shouldn’t lose those games, but when you’re challenged that way you learn some important things that help a team develop and improve.

  • jimmygoiu

    Only one creanpuff a year. I like it!

  • stuart j fultz

    Thanks Robie for the affirmation. Go Hoooooosiers!!!!!! I love saying that, lol. Go Hooooooosiers!!!!!

  • stuart j fultz

    You’re right, we’ve always had a few cupcakes. But the real difference is how many, that’s what squashed our strength of schedule these past 9 years. We’d always have 2,3, maybe even 4 “cupcakes”. But we would still be in the top 5 in sos. We can schedule a few and be ok, just not 8 or 9. Go Hooooooosiers!!!!!

  • Robie Malcomson

    You’re welcome. I respect the well thought and educated comments.