The Crossroads Classic, a four-team event billed as a replacement of the old Hoosier Classic and played for the past three seasons in December at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, has been extended through 2019, it was announced today.
Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue will each continue as participants. The Hoosiers are 1-2 in the first three years of the event.
Here’s the full release:
INDIANAPOLIS – The highly successful Crossroads Classic will continue through 2019, the athletics directors at the four participating schools announced today.
One of college basketball’s premier non-conference events will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The additional dates and matchups are Dec. 16, 2017 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana), Dec. 15, 2018 (Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana) and Dec. 21, 2019 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana).
ESPN announced its 2015 Super Tuesday schedule on Wednesday afternoon, and the Hoosiers will be featured twice this upcoming season.
Indiana will play at Wisconsin on February 3 at 7 p.m. ET, and the Hoosiers also will play Iowa, in Bloomington, on March 3 at 7 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN.
Wisconsin leads all Big Ten teams with four games scheduled for Super Tuesdays, while Michigan will be featured on three separate occasions. Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State are other schools with multiple Super Tuesday appearances scheduled.
You can find the full ESPN Super Tuesday schedule after the jump.
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.