Indiana to host Youngstown State on Dec. 29

  • 06/29/2017 8:59 am in

Another non-conference contest for Indiana was revealed on Wednesday when Youngstown State announced that it would play the Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Penguins, a member of the Horizon League, will travel to Bloomington on Friday, Dec. 29.

Youngstown State finished last season 13-21 and No. 282 in the final KenPom ratings. The Penguins were No. 256 in the final RPI numbers published by

Here’s a complete listing of the known non-conference games for the Hoosiers next season:

· vs. Howard at Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 12
· Gavitt Tipoff Games: at Seton Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 15
· vs. South Florida at Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 19
· vs. Arkansas State at Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 22
· vs. Eastern Michigan at Assembly Hall on Friday, Nov. 24
· Big Ten-ACC Challenge: Duke at Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 29
· at Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 9
· Crossroads Classic: vs. Notre Dame at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 16
· vs. Youngstown State at Assembly Hall on Friday, Dec. 29

Indiana will reportedly play two Big Ten conference games on the first weekend of December to accommodate the Big Ten tournament moving up one week.

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  • There’s good reason to think that Archie simply got started late and that this affected which teams were available to schedule. I really don’t get the impression that Archie is going to try to dial in a schedule that pads the record with easy wins — it’s not good for a team’s development, and I don’t think too many people are fooled by wins against 300+ ranked teams.

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    Exactly…I was just saying EVEN IF he wasn’t the first choice, I don’t see it being any issue at all and I was frankly just confused all around with the comment.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m well aware of how demographics work and sure as hell don’t need the likes of you to “educate” me. I’m also well aware that the greater New York area doesn’t care about Rutgers or B1G basketball, but those who do, and would be most likely to attend the tournament are predominantly in the Midwest and would have a far more difficult and expensive trip to do so if the tournament is held at MSG.
    Do I expect the tournament to sell the 70,000 seats? Of course not, but I don’t think they’ll fill MSG either. Why not give your participating teams an opportunity to play in a dome that would better prepare them for the types of facilities in which they would be participating should they make to and advance through the NCAA tournament.
    As for the “best and brightest” marketers of whom you speak, those would be the same people who have come up with such stellar ideas as “Legends and Leaders.”
    I’d also add that, if you’re going to challenge someone’s “intellectual depth,” you’d do so without adding apostrophes to words like “decisions” that are plural but not possessive.

  • marcusgresham

    “We’ve got Rutgers” is a phrase generally uttered with the same enthusiasm as “we’ve got herpes.”

  • John D Murphy

    I’ll give you the “Legends and Leaders” – can’t really debate that one (nice counter argument). They will fill MSG. There is huge presence of B1G alumni in both NYC and DC. It isn’t like having the tourney in Indy where it is dominated IU / Purdue. The only four cities that should be considered IMO are Chicago (central and largest overall B1G alumni base), NYC (massive overall B1G alumni base), DC (same), and Indy (bball crazy Indiana people). The B1G conference has the data to support these decisions, which is why they have continually been able to score better media rights contracts than other conferences. It is right decision financially to strengthen our the B1G’s east coast presence. Thanks for correcting my grammar, I’ll endeavor to proof my posts to you in the future.

  • IUintheD

    You may be correct that Michigan couldn’t get 80K into Ford Field, but they did have the record (I don’t know if they still do) for getting 73K in “not free” attendance at the 2009 Men’s Championship game. With Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Northwestern, Illinois, IU all being so close, I see it as a viable location for the B1G Tournament. The Ford Field/Comerica Park complex is pretty nice. But it’ll never happen. Not if they are willing to jump through all of these hoops to get it into MSG to better “the brand.” Ridiculous if you ask me.

  • IUintheD

    I would add Detroit, but I understand the general stigma attached to Detroit. Detroit is a host site for the 1st and 2nd round of the tournament this year though, I believe. Easy drive for Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Northwestern and alums in Chicago. Less so for IU and others and alums in Indy. Still better than NYC in my opinion, but again…I get the stigma associated with Detroit. I think that plays a part in it.

  • JethroTroll

    The selection committee may not use Kempom, but they most assuredly are using a very similar metric, as well as other metrics. I know for sure that they have drifted away from using the very flawed RPI though.

    A lot of people on this board are overly concerned about team rankings and schedules, and that’s all Crean’s fault. He definitely scheduled way too many bad teams. It’s really not that difficult to put together a good, balanced schedule, and this year’s schedule is a step in the right direction. The key to any season is just winning games, and being in the B1G helps, as winning the conference generally puts them in the conversation for a top seed. As long as they took care of business in the non-conf, regardless of the schedule.

    As Crean’s era gets further and further in the rear view mirror, all these scheduling concerns will erode as well.

  • JethroTroll

    Eh. Nothing against the walk-ons, but it’s pretty telling where this program it’s at if we’re bragging about them.

  • stuart j fultz

    Thank you Jethro. Really appreciate that, I really liked Coach Crean in a lot of aspects but the way our non-conference schedule was year in and out was almost embarrassing. I was wondering if, when you had time, if you could expand a little on your idea’s on the flawed RPI system? The process of seeding and tourney selection is a big topic of interest for me. I know that they have always done it a way of having really good match ups. Like having certain teams in the same regions that play in the second round and it just happens to be a huge rivalry game. Also I was wondering if you may be able to recommend some good articles or websites on the subject? Thank you again for your reply. Go Hoooooooosiers!!!!

  • Outoftheloop

    Of course your post is “against walk-ons”. More importantly, it misses the point that the quality of “walk-ons” demonstrates how strong a major college basketball program is, at least in part. The fact that talented kids will pay their own tuition, in state, to be a part of the IU Basketball program, rather than accept a scholarship elsewhere, is telling as to how much respect they have for IU Basketball. I asked a question, so there was no “brag” involved. Any walk-on, who plays, must still earn his minutes, just as any scholarship player must. Ask me after the 2017-18 season for a definitive review of “where this program (is)” (the words “it’s at” are meaningless and ungrammatical).

  • JethroTroll

    LOL. It’s also pretty telling when one has to resort to grammatical errors to help make a point.

    Let’s just say that I totally disagree with everything you just posted and leave it at.

  • JethroTroll

    The RPI is severely flawed based on how it’s computed. For starters, it’s based solely on winning percentage. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it grossly over rewards Strength of Schedule (SOS). Only 25% of RPI is derived from a team’s own winning percentage, 50% comes from opposing teams’ winning percentages, and 25% comes form opponent’s opponents winning percentages. Think about that a minute. Not only is a whopping 75% of a team’s RPI based solely on SOS, but it’s theoretical that as much as 25% of a team’s RPI is based on teams that they NEVER even played. That makes no sense to me. This is why you’ll see teams with very high RPI’s by racking up wins in mid-major conferences who aren’t even deserving of an at-large bid. It’s just a very generic ratings system that’s been replaced with much more sophisticated and complete metrics.
    Personally, I don’t think the selection committee puts much thought into creating matchups in the NCAAs. Certain matchups are probably just the result of the committee trying to keep higher seeded teams as close to home as possible, which tends to lend itself to creating the possibility of rivalry matchups because of their proximity to each other. They have so many other things to worry about (seeding, selecting and logistics) that they probably don’t even notice possible matchups until the field is complete.
    As far as websites to recommend, I don’t really know what kind of information you’re looking for. I would just use google. You should be able to find what you’re looking for there.