Indiana announces 2014-2015 basketball schedule

  • 08/29/2014 4:41 pm in

Indiana on Friday evening released its non-conference schedule for this upcoming season, completing the Hoosiers’ 2014-2015 slate.

The 13-game lineup includes the likes of SMU, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Georgetown, and starts with the season-opener on Nov. 14 against Mississippi Valley State.

Following the opener, former Indiana coach Mike Davis and Texas Southern — a 2014 NCAA tournament participant —will come to Assembly Hall on Nov. 17.

Additional non-conference opponents include Butler, Savannah State, UNC-Greensboro, Lamar, Eastern Washington, Grand Canyon and New Orleans.

The Hoosiers also will play one home exhibition, on Nov. 10, against the University of Indianapolis.

Indiana’s full 2014-2015 schedule is available on our schedule page. Tom Crean’s comments on IU’s non-conference schedule are below:

“I’m glad we can bring a tournament tested team like Texas Southern for our tournament. Mike Davis has that program headed in the right direction and I’m sure he is looking forward to being back in Assembly Hall. SMU, when we decide to do that, it was really last early fall and then they went out and had a phenomenal season. They are adding players left and right and are going to be nationally ranked to start and without question they will bring in an experienced team.

“The fact that we are getting a home game with a team like Pittsburgh says a lot. We had a lot of battles with them when we were at Marquette and played them our second year here at Indiana in the Garden. We have had great battles with them over a period of time.

“The Louisville game is something that has been in the works for a while and we are excited to play them in the Jimmy V Classic. They are another team we became familiar with in the Big East at Marquette and we had some intense games. The Georgetown game is a unique opportunity to play right after Christmas at Madison Square Garden against a great team. It is certainly not what you are used to doing in that sense of playing somebody that strong right after Christmas, but it will be really good for us.

“Butler is Butler and they are always going to be a tough team to play. They get Roosevelt Jones back, who is one of the tougher matchups in college basketball, not to mention Kellen Dunham and the rest of the guys they have.”

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  • Snookafly

    Wow about 8 cupcakes, but we may need them early on to get the kinks worked out. Nice to see SMU sprinkled in the middle for a decent test. A few easy ones then it goes: Pittsburgh, cupcake, Louisville, cupcake, Butler, cupcake, Georgetown, B1G– kind of like high level practices between opponents. I kind of like that, but we better win at least half of the real matchups or it could be another short season.

  • plane1972

    This is a very respectable schedule with excellent non-cons, an in-state matchup, followed by the B1G. A step forward from last year. Still room to replace a cupcake for another marquee home and home matchup next season. Nice work by Glass and Co.

  • NateMH

    I can’t see us winning anymore than three of the five versus the teams from power conferences. More than likely 2 of 5

  • Hoosier Pride

    Texas Southern, it will be good to see Mike Davis back in AH (always liked him, may have not been a top tier coach but was a genuine caring guy).

  • marcusgresham

    RPIs of the non-conference teams to end last season:

    203-Grand Canyon
    230-Eastern Washington
    250-Texas Southern
    257-New Orleans
    273-Savannah St.
    303-UNC Greensboro
    342-Mississippi Valley St.

    There were 349 teams in D-I last season. IU ended the year at 97.

  • Alford Bailey

    Yea, 8 plus 200 rpi teams. Still better than last year I guess.

  • ForeverIU

    Texas Southern may have ended the season with an RPI of 250 (and made a Tourney appearance!), but Mike Davis has brought two dangerous transfers in Deverell Biggs (dismissed from Nebraska and their third leading scorer before he was dismissed, dropped 14 points on Michigan coming off the bench, for example) and 5-star prospect Chris Thomas (dismissed from Marshall after his sophomore season). Might not be the cupcake we think they are.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    scraping the bottom of the barrel on a couple of those. haha!

  • WhatsUpKnight

    and can you imagine how badly he wants to whoop our butts? oh man, that could be an interesting game

  • TomJameson

    As optimistic person as I am, even I see these cupcakes. But I think there is more purpose to this schedule tha is obvious. For example, some games are scheduled for a relationship between schools or coaches .. one cupcake might have a great press, another might have another attribute we want to practice against.

  • SCHoosier

    Pitt-UL.. Butler-SMU-UL and G-town is plenty tough enuff for me in the pre-season. If IU wins three of those gamest it would be an achievement IMO.
    What do you guys want…a deliberate losing record going into the conference.?? The “surprise ” over “cupcakes” is misplaced gentlemen.

  • Nobody plays top twenty five teams every night. Last year had we won 2 more big ten games we would of been in the NCAA, but we weren’t good enough to do that. This is a good schedule…in fact it’s a tough schedule. It will be interesting to see how we fare against it.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    SMU, Pitt, Louisville, G’Town, and Butler: Much more admirable than last year’s schedule!

    Also a solid recipe with another young, unpredictable team for a 7-5 record during the non-conference portion of the schedule. Then again, I think 3-4 of those teams are more than beatable so the Hoosiers could finish the preseason with a 10-2 or even 11-1 record against a decent schedule.

    Hopefully this non-conference schedule will prepare us a bit more for the B1G season than last year’s!

  • VanPastorMan

    Hoosier Nation would probably blow a gasket if we lost that game.

  • Snookafly

    I’m not necessarily surprised, but 8 is a lot of weak opponents. People also forget that Butler sucked last year, and Georgetown was not a good team either. We may not be great given our unknowns and this may be what we need to build confidence, but if we don’t shine (and some of these “big” opponents turn out as duds) we may not have the resume to get in.

  • Snookafly

    I’m sure I would chuckle a little before breaking down into tears.

  • IUBizmark

    If we can’t beat SMU, Butler and Georgetown then one has to wonder how conference play will go.

  • Ole Man

    They’re probably looking at 9-4.
    Also, losing against tough teams may or may not prepare them for the BIG season….hard to say.

  • Bryce Kepner

    I laugh at the comments of people complaining about the schedule. No matter what, not everyone will be happy with the schedule. If you look at a lot of the top teams, they play a handful of cupcakes every year as well. There is a balance.

  • marcusgresham

    As for the B1G teams,
    12-Michigan St.
    25-Ohio St.
    115-Penn St.

  • marcusgresham

    SMU isn’t going to be as strong as expected without Mudiay. They’ll still be good, but not what they were hoping to be.

  • Snookafly

    Butler was 14-17 and Georgetown was 18-15. We need to win those games.

  • Alford Bailey

    Well, I think most would say this schedule is an improvement from last year. Still 6 teams 250+ rpi, though. I’d like to see that cut in half. Bump 3 of those up to 150ish rpi still gets you wins but a little tougher competition. Louisville is the only “marquee” game I see on that schedule.

  • ForeverIU

    If the Grand Canyon Antelopes led by Dan Majerle can play in D1 for the first time in 2013-14 and jump over 150 D1 teams and end the season with a 203 RPI, then I’m not so sure I’d want go into that game thinking “cupcake”.

  • Alford Bailey

    This schedule should easily allow for a 10-2 record going into conference. Losses to Louisville and Pitt or Gtown. 9-3 at absolute worst.

  • ForeverIU

    What about SMU?

  • Alford Bailey

    Yea, maybe. Not what they would have been with Mundiay. Of the four tougher opponents I think we need to go 3-1 maybe 2-2 if we beat Louisville. Not much resume building outside of those four, IMO.

  • Alford Bailey

    And we know how he likes his one or two man show. Can’t let one of those guys get hot.

  • ForeverIU

    Gtown has three players coming in ranked #16, #31 and #34 by ESPN. Young but dangerous, ouch!

  • INUnivHoosier

    If we don’t have the resume to get in after B1G conference games, we don’t deserve to get in.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Butler will be a much better team this season with Jones back. He and Dunham will make a good combo. Grand Canyon is on the upswing and will not be a sub-200 team.

  • Hoosier Hall

    If we’d have won any 2 of the “marquee” match ups (Syracuse, ND, UCONN) we would have been in as well.

  • Hoosier Hall

    GTown fans have to be upset too though, they get top guys all the time and still underperform. Remember them as a 2 seed getting smashed by “Dunk City”?

  • Hoosier Pride

    + great coaching

  • ForeverIU

    Folks I was looking at some Kenpom data on those teams in our pre-season schedule. Many of the so-called cupcakes rank pretty high on “AdjT” (adjusted tempo) … last year’s data. In Kenpom you can rank the teams on AdjT; you’ll see that many of the up-tempo teams in the list are ones we’ve played in our pre-season in the past. So it seems like a priority for CTC to have us get experience in high-possession games early, as we did in Canada.

  • CreanFaithful

    ^ This

  • CreanFaithful

    Ughhhhhh, SMU returns 4 of 5 of their leading scorers. That is a scary game. Luckily in Assembly Hall…

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Looks like a legit pre-season schedule for a rebuilding year.

    And it doesn’t hurt to have a National Landmark like the Grand Canyon on the schedule…tradition, and beautiful views at sunset.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    Dan Majerle will likely have GCU playing solid, intelligent, team ball. They probably won’t have IU’s talent. Could be a more interesting game than it first appears.

  • Robert Weber

    Still no true road games. Indy and MSG don’t count. This theme is growing tired

  • Outoftheloop

    Good not great!

  • Outoftheloop

    Isn’t that what we would call IU?

  • Outoftheloop

    Nice job of giving us “just the facts Mam” (probably no one else is old enough to remember “Joe Friday”!)

  • Outoftheloop

    Wrong! No win is a given. The goal is to improve as a team every game until the Sweet Sixteen!

  • Outoftheloop

    Marcus, did someone give you a personal assistant for your birthday? Good work!

  • Alford Bailey

    And Larry Brown

  • Snookafly

    Butler might be better, but they aren’t a Brad Stevens team anymore. I think a lot of us tend to think more highly of them because of their local exposure.

  • mdtreat

    ND was not a marquee game

  • Florida Girl

    We’re coming up for that game! I better not “blow a gasket”!

  • marcusgresham

    No, just Google. lol