With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we begin our look at the Big Ten with ten non-conference games, listed in chronological order, that you’ll want to mark on your calendars as must see. Note: Rankings are from Jeff Goodman’s preseason top 50 on ESPN.com.
No. 14 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Kansas on Tuesday, Nov. 17
Event: Champions Classic at the United Center
TV coverage: ESPN
Last week, we wrote that Athlon Sports ranked Indiana No. 17 in its preseason top 25 and picked the Hoosiers to finish fourth in the Big Ten in its 2015-2016 preview magazine.
Previously: Indiana ranked preseason No. 4 by Lindy’s Sports
Now that the magazine is on newsstands, here are some additional notes on Indiana and the Big Ten at-large from the annual publication.
With the official start of practice less than a month away, the 2015-2016 season is on the horizon. We’ll have comprehensive player-by-player previews later this fall, but here’s an early look at some of the storylines to keep an eye on with this season’s backcourt:
Previously: An early look at the 2015-2016 frontcourt
· This group should be special: After missing the postseason altogether in 2013-2014, Indiana returned to the NCAA tournament last season. The reason? Guard play.
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Former Indiana forward Emmitt Holt, who was dismissed from the program last week, issued the following statement via email on Sunday afternoon:
Editor’s note: The statement is unedited.
Dear Indiana University Community,
While my dismissal from the Indiana basketball team was a consequence of my own choices, I’m primarily gulity of doing what most young college students do on any given weekend which is participate in campus life which often includes engaging in the use of alcohol. As a member of the Indiana basketball team I realize that I am held to a higher standard than most college students, coaches and family down and for that I’m truly sorry. I promise to learn from my mistakes and I look forward to pursuing my studies and my basketball career at Indian Hills. I want to thank Coach Crean, the entire staff, my teammates and most of all the great fans of Indiana Basketball for my time I’m Bloomington.
According to multiple reports, former Indiana forward Emmitt Holt will attend Indian Hills Community College this year.
Holt, who was dismissed from the Indiana program on Aug. 31, will spend one year at Indian Hills according to Alex Kline. Holt would then have two years of eligibility remaining at a Division I school beginning with the 2016-2017 season.
The second college basketball yearbook to be released this fall, the Athlon Sports college basketball preview magazine, hits newsstands on September 10.
As was the case with the Lindy’s Sports preview, Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell is featured on one of the regional covers.