The bracket for the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational was officially announced on Tuesday afternoon and the two favorites in the event, Indiana and Kansas, are on opposite sides of the bracket.
The Hoosiers, ranked No. 14 in the ESPN.com early top 25 for next season, will open with Wake Forest, which finished last season 13-19.
Indiana will play Wake Forest to open the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 23 at the Lahaina Civic Center, according to Andy Katz of ESPN.com.
Vanderbilt vs. St. John’s is the other matchup on Indiana’s side of the bracket.
In February, word broke that Louisville and Indiana were in talks for a three-year series. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said at the time the two teams could play during the 2015-2016 season at Lucas Oil Stadium.
On Wednesday at IU’s first “on the road” tour stop at Huber Winery, athletics director Fred Glass said the two sides continue to talk, but do not have plans to play next season.
“No update other than both sides wanna do a deal,” Glass said. “We’ve had very serious conversations about that. Like everything else, the devil’s in the details. There are conference challenges and schedule challenges, but coach Pitino and everybody at Louisville and coach (Tom) Crean and everybody at Indiana wanna get a deal done and I expect that to happen in fairly short order. I don’t think it will be for this upcoming season.”
Indiana’s opponent for the 2015 Big Ten-ACC Challenge will be Duke, ESPN announced on Wednesday.
It will be the first meeting between the two programs since 2006, when Duke knocked off the Hoosiers 54-51 in Durham in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
The game will be played at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 2. A tip time and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.
The Blue Devils won their fifth NCAA championship in April with a 68-63 win over Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium. There will be plenty of production for Mike Krzyzewski to replace as Quinn Cook graduated and Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones all left early for the NBA draft.
Duke will return just one starter in Matt Jones, but will also bring back a pair of experienced big men in Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee along with Grayson Allen, who was a pivotal contributor in the Final Four.
The full 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 schedule:
· Year five of the Crossroads Classic: The Hoosiers are 2-2 over the first four years of the Crossroads Classic and this event is here to stay as it was extended through 2019 last August. IU’s opponent in this year’s Classic will be Notre Dame on Dec. 19 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Irish are ranked in the top 15 in several early rankings for next season.
· A solid field in Maui: Indiana is one of eight teams in the 2015 Maui Invitational, joining Chaminade, Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. The bracket won’t be announced until later this summer, but the Jayhawks appear to be a preseason top 10 team and UCLA, UNLV and Vanderbilt all appear to be potential NCAA tournament teams next season. This event will be a solid measuring stick early for the Hoosiers and also an opportunity to pick up some top 100 RPI wins in the non-conference.
· Creighton comes to Assembly Hall: The first Gavitt Tipoff Games, which some are calling the Big Ten/Big East challenge, is a bit underwhelming from a matchup perspective. The Hoosiers drew Creighton at Assembly Hall and the Bluejays are coming off of a poor 14-19 campaign. Still, it’s a win for fans to get a major conference opponent coming to Bloomington on Nov. 19.
The Big Ten and the Big East today announced matchups for the Gavitt Games, an annual series of eight games that will be played each year between the two conferences.
Many of the games had been leaked before today’s official announcement, including Creighton at Indiana, but the two leagues today announced dates and broadcast information for all eight contests.
Creighton and Indiana will play at Assembly Hall on Thursday, Nov. 19. The complete schedule for the event is available after the jump.
The Gavitt Tipoff Games, established last spring as an annual series of eight games that will be played each year between the Big Ten and the Big East, will include Indiana next season.
According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the Hoosiers will host Creighton next season at Assembly Hall in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Led by Greg McDermott, Creighton finished last season just 14-19, but recently added Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster, who will sit out next season, and also signed top 100 recruit Justin Patton, a power forward.
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.