Just four non-conference games remain for Indiana and the second toughest opponent remaining, Oakland, travels to Assembly Hall on Tuesday. The Golden Grizzlies are just 2-7, but have already played at North Carolina, UCLA, Gonzaga and California.
The game will be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and on the IU radio network (Sirius 85, XM 85):
Indiana enters Tuesday’s game with Oakland at Assembly Hall having played the 275th toughest non-conference schedule to date according to the Pomeroy ratings. The Hoosiers have played two teams in the top 12 of the latest polls released Monday, but beyond that, the next toughest opponent has been Stony Brook, which is just 6-4.
Non-conference scheduling has been a topic of debate for years among IU fans and this year is no different. There are some who believe the Hoosiers need a tougher slate to prepare for the rigors of the Big Ten. And there are some who believe that with a young team, a less ambitious schedule is the route to go to build confidence and collect wins.
Wherever your beliefs on scheduling fall, the third-best non-conference home game on IU’s schedule, according to the Pomeroy ratings, is Oakland. And the Grizzlies, a member of the Horizon League, are 2-7 with just one win over a Division I team. (It should be noted that their record may be deceiving because Oakland has already traveled to North Carolina, UCLA, Gonzaga and Cal.)
Given the non-conference schedule, we already know that IU’s NCAA tournament chances will hinge almost entirely on its performance in the Big Ten. But the Oakland game and Saturday’s neutral court game with Notre Dame in Indianapolis are the last two non-conference games that will hold any weight with the selection committee come March when you consider that Kennesaw State and Nicholls State appear well on their way to sub-300 RPI seasons. And while the Oakland game holds far less weight than the looming battle with the Fighting Irish, it’s still essential that IU avoids a slip-up and convincingly delivers its eighth win of the season.
After three days off following a 69-52 loss to Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Indiana returns to Assembly Hall for a meeting with North Florida.
The Ospreys are 5-5 with two wins coming over non-Division I competition and losses to Florida, Ohio State and Alabama. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network at 7:30 and on the IU radio network (Sirius 112, XM 203):
Indiana’s loss to Syracuse in the 2013 NCAA tournament put an abrupt end to one of the best seasons in the recent history of the program.
An outright Big Ten championship, a No. 1 seed and three top 10 road wins were quickly forgotten as an opportunity to reach the Final Four for the first time in 11 years dominated the conversation.
Tuesday’s loss to Syracuse is obviously much different.
It’s early December and while the Hoosiers played poorly, the loss is relatively meaningless except for minor seeding implications come March. What is important is how Indiana responds to it, regardless of the level of competition that awaits in Assembly Hall.
As one of the youngest teams in the country that has a lot of room to grow, it’s important that Indiana learns from the experience and then quickly moves on.
With plenty of basketball left to play, including a Big Ten season that tips off in less than four weeks, the games that will determine the direction of the season are on the not-too-distant horizon.
In a rematch of last year’s East Regional semifinal, Indiana travels to Syracuse on Tuesday night for the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Syracuse (7-0) is coming off wins over Minnesota, California and Baylor in the Maui Invitational.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 7:15 p.m. ET and on the IU radio network (XM 91, Sirius 91):
With no marquee home non-conference game on the schedule, it doesn’t get any better in the pre-Big Ten slate for Indiana than Tuesday’s trip to Syracuse.
The Hoosiers have been tested a couple of times at Assembly Hall and against Connecticut at Madison Square Garden, but going into a true road environment for the first time presents a new set of challenges.
The Carrier Dome, which drew an NCAA-best 426,347 fans last season, will be truly alive for the first time this season after four home games against low major competition for the Orange. The shooting backdrop will provide a much different look for many of IU’s young players who haven’t experienced such a large venue. And the spotlight will be squarely on this game as it tips off a Big Ten-ACC Challenge doubleheader on ESPN that also features Duke vs. Michigan.
We learned plenty about Indiana as it navigated its way to a 6-1 start in November. On Tuesday night in Syracuse, we’ll learn much, much more.
Following a split of two games last week in New York City at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Sports Classic, the 5-1 Hoosiers return to Assembly Hall on Tuesday evening for a meeting with Missouri Valley Conference foe Evansville.
The game will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network and also on the IU radio network (XM 192/Sirius 136):
Nearly 20 percent of Indiana’s regular season schedule is complete and the results thus far have landed just about on par with expectations. The Hoosiers have dominated lesser competition, squeaked out an early scare against a team with NCAA tournament experience and lost a tight game to a more experienced UConn club on a neutral court.
Seven non-conference games remain and on paper, Evansville is the third toughest of those contests behind Syracuse (Dec. 3) and Notre Dame (Dec. 14). Just how good the Purple Aces are, however, is up for debate.
Evansville is 5-0, is ranked No. 116 in the Pomeroy ratings, has the nation’s 22nd most efficient offense and the best 3-point shooting percentage in the land. However, the competition level hasn’t exactly been up to par. Two of the five wins have come against non-Division I teams and Evansville’s lone road test was an 84-78 win at IUPUI (No. 275 in Pomeroy).
With that said, Evansville can put up points and Indiana can’t afford to look ahead to next week’s showdown with Syracuse in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
It’s a quick turnaround for Indiana as the Hoosiers will take the court at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET tonight in Madison Square Garden opposite UConn in the 2K Sports Classic final.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with John Saunders, Fran Fraschilla and Jeff Goodman on the call, as well as on the IU radio network.
Indiana easily passed its first test away from Assembly Hall on Thursday night with a comfortable 102-84 rout of Washington in the 2K Sports Classic semifinals, but a much greater challenge awaits tonight in the form of the UConn Huskies.
Second-year coach Kevin Ollie has one of the nation’s best backcourts with Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatwright and Omar Calhoun. Connecticut is also decidedly more experienced than Indiana as Napier, who won a national championship in 2011 as a freshman, still has the reigns at point guard.
That said, the performance put together by Indiana against Washington was more than encouraging and the Hoosiers have the opportunity to open more eyes nationally tonight in the world’s most famous arena.
Indiana travels to New York City on Thursday evening where it will meet the Washington Huskies in the first of two games in two nights in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. It will be the first appearance for the Hoosiers in Madison Square Garden since they defeated Pittsburgh, 74-64, on Dec. 8, 2009.
The game will be broadcast live at approximately 9 p.m. ET on ESPN with John Saunders, Fran Fraschilla and Jeff Goodman on the call, as well as on the IU radio network.
The season is just four games young, but the competition level will ramp up this week for Indiana as the Hoosiers face Washington on Thursday night and either Boston College or Connecticut on Friday night in New York.
It’s not that Washington is better than IU’s last opponent, Stony Brook, but the challenge is likely to be greater given that it is the first game outside of Assembly Hall this season. Playing on the road and neutral courts wasn’t particularly difficult for a team that spent a good portion of last season at No. 1 in the polls, but for a team with plenty of young players who haven’t had the experience, it could be a different story.
Nonetheless, the experience will ultimately be a valuable one as Indiana will step away from one of the greatest homecourt advantages in college basketball in Assembly Hall to the bright lights of New York City and Madison Square Garden.
It’s a quick turnaround for one of the nation’s youngest teams as No. 23 Indiana hosts Stony Brook tonight in the 2K Sports Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project in Assembly Hall.
The game will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. ET on BTN with Steve Physioc and Shon Morris on the call as well as the IU radio network.
Stony Brook wasn’t a game fans circled on their calendars when the 2013-2014 schedule was released in August, but the Seawolves, who won the America East regular season championship last season, are the best non-conference opponent that will travel to Assembly Hall.
After being bounced in the second round of the NIT at Iowa, Stony Brook has its sights set higher this season. A first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament tops the list of goals for the New York-based program and tonight’s game is one you can bet its players circled when it was announced over the summer.