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BTN announces 2015-2016 men’s basketball TV schedule

The Big Ten Network announced its television schedule for the 2015-2016 men’s basketball season on Tuesday afternoon and Indiana will again be prominently featured on the network.

The Hoosiers will have at least five conference games on BTN in addition to several non-conference games. The full schedule and release from IU are available after the jump. In addition, our schedule page has been updated to reflect today’s announcement.


Big Ten releases TV schedule, tip times for 2012-2013 season

The Big Ten and ESPN announced the television schedule and tip times for the upcoming conference basketball season earlier today.

Indiana will play a total of eight (with an option for nine) conference games on ESPN or CBS with the rest airing on the Big Ten Network.

The Hoosiers will be on CBS for two Big Ten games: vs. Michigan State on Sunday, Jan. 27 and at Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 10.

ESPN’s family of networks will carry six Indiana games, highlighted by a February 2nd, 9 p.m. game with Michigan, which will be a part of ESPN’s College GameDay.

In addition to the Big Ten schedule, Indiana also announced tip times and television information for non-conference games. Indiana’s game against Butler in the Crossroads Classic on Saturday, Dec. 15 will be on CBS and a home meeting with Florida Atlantic on Friday, Dec. 21 will air on ESPN2.

“We always want our games to be seen in as many households as possible,” Tom Crean said in a release.  “I thought many of our games last year were among the best in the country and we are excited to have the opportunity to show the nation the energy our fans generate in Assembly Hall.”

You can view Indiana’s complete 2012-13 schedule, now with television information and tip times, on our schedule page.

Notebook: 2012 Hall of Fame class, Hysteria visitors, more

IU Athletics announced seven inductees for the 2012 Hall of Fame class on Monday, highlighted by former basketball standout Landon Turner and football star Antwaan Randle El.

Turner, who played three seasons at IU from 1979-1981 and was a starter on the 1981 championship team, averaged 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 53.3% for his career.

Joining Turner and Randle El on Nov. 2 as inductees will be Michelle Venturella (Softball, 1991-95), Dave Martin (Varsity Club Director, football 1959-61), Leanne Grotke (Coordinator of Women’s Athletics, 1972-79), Bobby Robertson (football, 1949-52, baseball, 1954) and Lary Schulhof (swimming, 1962-64).

“These individuals embody the spirit for which administrators, coaches and student-athletes are best known at Indiana University.  IU Athletics has long been a benchmark of excellence — both in the classroom and in competition—and these Hoosier greats certainly are responsible for helping establish that,” IU Athletics Director Fred Glass said in a release. “We have great strengths and traditions because of their efforts, and it is with much gratitude that we recognize them for their service to IU.”

Hysteria visitor list beginning to take shape

The decision to shift Hoosier Hysteria to Saturday, Oct. 20 should only benefit IU in terms of recruits in attendance and thus far, the early list of visitors is impressive.

Each of the 2013 commitments are expected to attend, as is 2013 DeMatha, Maryland big man BeeJay Anya. 2014 Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett and 2015 Ft. Wayne Carroll guard Chandler White are also expected to be in attendance.

Staff active in fall recruiting period

The fall recruiting period which began on Sept. 9 has led to a flurry of activity from the IU staff, including an in-home visit and also several visits to open gyms and workouts across the country.

Here’s a list (although surely not a complete one) of some of the prospects Indiana has visited or watched in the nine days since the period began:


BTN adds delayed TV coverage for Wednesday’s game

Via a release from the Big Ten Network and IU:

CHICAGO – BTN and Indiana University today announced additional television coverage plans for Indiana University’s Wednesday home men’s basketball game against North Carolina Central.

The game will still tip off at 7 PM ET and will stream live as part of the Big Ten Digital Network’s subscription package, as originally announced, but BTN will also televise the game on delay that night at 10:30 PM ET.

BTN’s basketball schedule Wednesday will now feature a tripleheader of Big Ten action, starting with Nebraska at Purdue at 6:30 PM ET, followed by Michigan State at Minnesota at 8:30 PM ET and North Carolina Central at Indiana at 10:30 PM ET.


Around the Hall: Fish interview, Penn St. search, more

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on (or in some cases, listen on).

The author of last week’s investigative pieces on the A-HOPE program, Mike Fish of, did an interview with our friend JMV of 1070 the Fan. The interview, however, never aired as JMV explained to me via Twitter: “I didn’t air it Alex. Straight to podcast. Kinda like Roadhouse 2.” The 14-minute conversation, which includes Fish telling JMV that Baylor had nothing to do with the story, is available in the embedded player below:


John Gasaway examines Indiana (premium link) as part of’s look at teams that finished last in their conference a season ago. The three talking points: 1. The mess that Kelvin Sampson left behind was unfortunate … but not unprecedented. 2. The Hoosiers have to start winning in February and March. 3. Indiana must stop fouling.

The Penn State coaching search continues along and the Nittany Lions interviewed Duquesne coach Ron Everhart on Tuesday. AD Tim Curley plans to name a replacement for Ed DeChellis “very soon.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentions Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Rob Jeter, Boston’s Pat Chambers, Tulsa’s Doug Wojcik, former Bucknell coach Pat Flannery, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and Arizona State assistant Scott Pera as other possibilities.

James Blackmon Sr. explains his decision to return to Ft. Wayne Luers after accepting the coaching position at Marion, where he played in high school, a few weeks ago.

Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star has some visit news for two 2013 prospects on the IU radar: V.J. Beachem will go to Michigan State this weekend and Michigan State’s Elite camp the following week. And Zak Irvin will visit Tennessee on his way back from this weekend’s Under Armour camp in Atlanta.

Bob Knight still doesn’t like talking about the interview that took place with Jeremy Schaap almost eleven years ago.

The Big Ten Network is being re-branded as BTN with a new logo and web domain.

Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal has updates on Gary Harris and Trevon Bluiett.

Live streaming of tonight’s exhibition vs. Anderson

The Big Ten Network will stream tonight’s exhibition vs. Anderson College and it’s the only coverage fans will have for Tom Crean’s debut in Assembly Hall. We’re curious to see how well the streaming works, but one of the nice features is that fans will be able to hear Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith on the call for both exhibition games (the game Nov. 11 vs. Bemidji State will also be Web only.)

Big Ten Network signs everyone’s favorite screamer

Like Gus Johnson? Of course you do. Even at his most annoying, he’s impossible to dislike. The sort of enthusiasm he brings to even the most mundane of Sunday afternoon NFL games — third quarter drives full of screams and whoops and “ha-HA’s!” — it’s a beautiful thing.

So of course it was a pleasant surprise to hear that Gus Johnson is moving over to the Big Ten Network. Big Ten basketball can occasionally be a plodding affair. This year’s Hoosiers are going to be a struggle to watch. But at least we’ll have Gus shouting at us. More Gus is good for everybody.

Non-conference schedule TV and times released

If you were wondering just what channel and when you can catch IU’s non-conference schedule this coming season — which is not too far away now, may I add — you no longer need to wonder. This is because IU media relations has the docket for us. Here ya go:

Nov. 7, Friday, Anderson University (Exhib.), Bloomington, Ind., 7 p.m.,
Nov. 11, Tuesday, Bemidji State (Exhib.), Bloomington, Ind., 7 p.m.,
Nov. 15, Saturday, Northwestern State, Bloomington, Ind., 7 p.m., BTN
Nov. 18, Tuesday, IUPUI, Bloomington, Ind., 6:30 p.m., BTN

Nov. 24, Monday, Notre Dame, Maui, 5:30pm, ESPN2
Nov. 25, Tuesday, TBA, Maui, TBA, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
Nov. 26, Wednesday, TBA, Maui, TBA, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU

Nov. 30, Sunday, Cornell, Bloomington, Ind., 4 p.m., BTN

Dec. 3, Wednesday, at Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, N.C., 7:15pm, ESPN

Dec. 6, Saturday, Gonzaga #, Indianapolis, Ind., 1:30 p.m., BTN

Dec. 10, Wednesday, TCU, Bloomington, Ind., 7 p.m., ESPN2
Dec. 13, Saturday, at Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., 4 p.m., CBS
Dec. 22, Monday, Northeastern, Bloomington, Ind., 9 p.m., BTN
Dec. 28, Sunday, Lipscomb, Bloomington, Ind., 6 p.m., BTN

One thing of note here: the Big Ten Network will be streaming all of IU’s exhibition games online, which I think is pretty neat. So if you’re stuck in the office late on Tuesday, Nov. 11, that Bemidji State matchup will be there to comfort you while you work on your Excel documents.

Report: Comcast, Big Ten Network close to a deal

I know, I know, you heard rumblings that a deal could be close all of last season. Meanwhile, you grew tired of the posturing from both sides and got a dish or switched to RCN because you wanted to see Eric Gordon and D.J. White from the comfort of your living room instead of a bar stool. I don’t blame you.

According to a report late last night by Teddy Greinstein of The Chicago Tribune, a deal between Comcast and the Big Ten Network should be announced this week:

Comcast, which had been losing customers to DirecTV, the Dish Network and RCN Cable, will have video-on-demand features that will allow customers to access their favorite team’s greatest games and replays of condensed, “snap-to-snap” games, according to sources.

The BTN completed the deal without caving on its central demand: that the channel be placed on expanded basic, rather than a sports tier, in the eight-state footprint. Only Philadelphia will be excluded.

So not only will Comcast carry the Big Ten Network, they’re going to have some on-demand features and condensed games for your viewing pleasure. Probably not enough to get you to climb up on your roof and take down the dish, but for those of you still left in the dark due to this fiasco, this is good news. Better late than never, right?