Following months of rumors that Indiana’s men’s basketball team will take a foreign tour this preseason, the Hoosiers made it official on Wednesday evening that they will play in Montreal, Canada, this August.
The Hoosiers will be playing five games in the span of six days, with the opener at Concordia University at 7 p.m. on August 8. They will also play Ottawa University, Carleton University, McGill University and University of Montreal-Quebec during their stint in Canada.
“I like the way our summer is structured, with our workouts and the fact that we are going to take this trip to Montreal, where we will play five games in six days,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a release. “Those games will be important because we will play some really good teams and at the same time we will get to practice.”
Carleton, last summer, defeated eventual national-finalists Wisconsin and took Syracuse to overtime, while Ottawa defeated TCU over the summer and won this past year’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport title.
The full release from Indiana is available after the jump.
Another day, another Indiana-related piece of scheduling news for the 2014-2015 season.
On Wednesday evening at Huber Winery in Starlight, Tom Crean confirmed that the Hoosiers will travel to Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Dec. 27 to play Georgetown.
The game was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.
The Hoyas, who finished last season 18-15, are ranked No. 48 in Jeff Goodman’s list of top 50 teams for the 2014-2015 season at ESPN.com.
Indiana will also play Louisville on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic.
The full 2014-2015 Indiana basketball schedule won’t be released until later this summer when the Big Ten finalizes the conference slate, but a good chunk of dates and opponents for the upcoming season have already been revealed.
Here’s an early look at what we know so far about the 2014-2015 schedule:
· A fourth year of the Crossroads Classic: For the second time in the event, IU’s opponent will be Butler on Dec. 20 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Crossroads Classic will continue through at least the 2016-2017 season, but its future beyond that is unclear, especially if Indiana wants to get involved in another marquee non-conference neutral court series that would require a multi-year agreement.
· Up to the challenge? In Indiana’s back-to-back Sweet 16 seasons, the Hoosiers beat N.C. State and North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Last season, the Hoosiers fell on the road to Syracuse in a rematch of a 2013 NCAA tournament contest. On Dec. 2, Indiana will welcome Pittsburgh to Assembly Hall as its Challenge opponent. The Panthers are pegged as the No. 31 team in Jeff Goodman’s preseason top 50 for next season.
· A trip to the Big Apple: The marquee game of the non-conference schedule will come on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden when Indiana squares off with Louisville, a perennial Final Four contender under Rick Pitino. It will be the first meeting between Indiana and Louisville since the 2002-2003 season. Kenny Johnson’s departure from the Indiana staff earlier this spring to become Pitino’s top assistant adds some intrigue to the game.
Early Monday evening, the Big Ten issued a press release that it would have an announcement on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET at Washington D.C.’s Verizon Center.
It hasn’t taken long for the details of that announcement to leak as Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany confirmed to SI.com’s Steward Mandel that the 2017 Big Ten tournament will be played in the nation’s capital. The news was first reported by Justin Albers.
The tournament will be played in Chicago in 2015 and Indianapolis in 2016 and then move to D.C. for 2017. No dates beyond 2017 have been announced.
According to Mandel’s report, the event will start “moving around more frequently, much like the ACC’s.”
The Big Ten and the Big East have announced the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual series of eight games that will be played between the two conferences.
The event is named in honor of the late Dave Gavitt, the founder of the Big East and a 2006 inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Each season from 2015 to 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will showcase four home games for each Big Ten and Big East school on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the college basketball season’s first full week.
Over the course of the eight year agreement, each Big Ten team will play in the event a minimum of four times and each Big East team will play a minimum of six times.
The matchups for the first Gavitt Tipoff Games will be announced in the spring of 2015.
Indiana’s opponent for the 2014 Big Ten-ACC Challenge will be Pittsburgh, ESPN announced today. The game will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Assembly Hall. A time and network will be announced at a later date.
Earlier on Thursday, Brian Hamilton of SI.com reported six Challenge games, including the IU-Pittsburgh matchup.
The two programs last met back on Dec. 9, 2009 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, with IU prevailing 84-74. The all-time series is tied at 4-4.
Pittsburgh, which finished the 2013-2014 season 26-10 overall and 11-7 in the ACC, will return three starters. The Panthers fell to top-seeded Florida, 61-45, in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
The Hoosiers will be looking for their third win in the event in the past four seasons after beating North Carolina State in 2011 and North Carolina in 2012 and falling to Syracuse in 2013.
Indiana is 5-8 all-time in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
Other confirmed non-conference games for the 2014-2015 season include Louisville on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic, Butler on Dec. 20 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Crossroads Classic and SMU at home at a date to be announced.
The full 2014 Big Ten-ACC Challenge schedule is available after the jump.
As reported last August, Indiana and Louisville will play in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden next December.
Earlier today, ESPN announced further details about the event, including television coverage, an approximate tip time and the second game that will be a part of the doubleheader.
Here are the full details, via an ESPN press release:
Four historic college basketball programs — Indiana, Louisville, Maryland and Villanova – will participate in the 20th annual Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic doubleheader on Tuesday, Dec. 9. ESPN will televise both games from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, beginning with Villanova vs. Maryland at 7 p.m. ET followed by Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.
The early-season event will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated $8,246,000 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,827,000 in 2014.