Indiana athletics director Fred Glass was on The Ride with JMV on 1070 AM in Indianapolis on Monday afternoon and discussed a variety of topics, including the program’s decision not to play in the CBI and his disappointment on missing out on the NCAA tournament.
Glass also addressed future scheduling in the interview and was asked whether or not strengthening the non-conference schedule is a focus.
“It is a focus of mine and Tom’s (Crean) to make sure that our home non-conference schedule includes at least one really high quality opponent that our fans are eager to see,” Glass said. “In terms of the broader non-conference schedule, I know this has been the topic of some conversation and it’s an interesting thing.
“I’ll try not go to too deep on this, but the non-conference schedule is sort of more art than science because you can plan out your schedule and think you’re going to be at one level of the RPI and then weird things happen and the teams aren’t as good as you thought they were going to be and you end up with a lower RPI.”
Glass went on to point out that Indiana played Syracuse, Connecticut and Notre Dame in the non-conference schedule this past season and added that IU didn’t miss the NCAA tournament or the NIT because of the non-conference schedule, but rather its play in the Big Ten, where the Hoosiers finished eighth.
Indiana watches class of 2014 forward, per report
According to Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com, Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley was in Detroit on Monday evening watching class of 2014 forward Yante Maten.
Maten, a 6-foot-8, 210 pound forward, is rated the No. 290 prospect nationally in the 247Composite and visited Colorado and Utah last fall, but elected not to commit or sign.
Michigan State has also watched Maten, who plays at Bloomfield Hills, this spring.
Pair of Hoosier signees expected to play in Derby Festival Classic
The rosters for the 2014 Derby Festival Basketball Classic will be announced on Wednesday and a pair of Indiana signees, Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson, are expected to be on one of the rosters.
Both Hoetzel and Johnson told Inside the Hall earlier in the winter that they had received invitations to participate in the annual all-star game that takes place at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
This year’s Derby Festival Classic will be played on Friday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Indiana players to participate in recent seasons include Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls, Troy Williams and Victor Oladipo.
James Blackmon Jr. will not play as the Jordan Brand Classic takes place the same night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Marvin Clark decision coming next week
Class of 2014 Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.) forward Marvin Clark will announce his college decision on Monday, March 24 and will choose between Indiana, Kansas State, Michigan State and Seton Hall.
The Hoosiers were the final school to receive a visit from Clark, who was in Bloomington for IU’s 70-60 loss to Nebraska on Wednesday, March 5.