Indiana to host SMU at Assembly Hall next season

  • 03/17/2014 9:03 am in

SMU, which was left out of the 2014 NCAA tournament despite a 23-9 record, will be one of Indiana’s non-conference home opponents next season at Assembly Hall.

Mustangs coach Larry Brown said this morning on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike that non-conference scheduling for his program has been a challenge as many of the top programs in Texas refuse to come play at Moody Coliseum.

The non-conference schedule for the Mustangs is being cited as a major reason they were left out of this year’s tournament.

“Next year we’re going to Indiana, we’ve got Arkansas,” Brown said this morning. “We’re going to beef it up as best we can.”

SMU could be the favorites in the American Athletic Conference next season as three starters will return and the Mustangs add the No. 2 player in the 247Composite for the 2014 class in point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

This is the third known non-conference game on Indiana’s 2014-2015 schedule. The Hoosiers will also play Louisville at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic and Butler at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Crossroads Classic.

(Photo credit: Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports)

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  • MillaRed

    SC you know what to expect in next seasons body of work. These games can only make us better. Win or lose. That’s how it’s supposed to work anyway.

  • MPmike B

    Good. IU should have already known that you don’t play a cupcake schedule, and try to be successful in the Big Ten and making a big run in the NCAA tournament without being tested early and often pre-conference. This is INDIANA!

  • TokyoSteve

    You’re 0 for 2 on this thread . . . so far.

  • RonB

    You are right about Brown but Crean makes a habit of beating top 25 teams at home. He has won more at home games against top 25 teams the last 2-3 years than anyone. It is the non top 25 he has a problem with.

  • OhioHoosier

    Nice to get a high end game but the issue is all the terrible games that filled our schedule. I understand IU needs a certain amount of home games but can we please play teams in the 150-200 range instead of 300+.

  • hoosierfan2336

    This is pretty cool. Love everything about Larry Brown and what he’s done for basketball (and the Pacers). I am still baffled as to why in the world he is the coach for SMU haha, but good for them.

  • esapata

    How is a (probable) top 25 team not a marquee matchup?