Indiana to host Youngstown State on Dec. 29

  • 06/29/2017 8:59 am in

Another non-conference contest for Indiana was revealed on Wednesday when Youngstown State announced that it would play the Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Penguins, a member of the Horizon League, will travel to Bloomington on Friday, Dec. 29.

Youngstown State finished last season 13-21 and No. 282 in the final KenPom ratings. The Penguins were No. 256 in the final RPI numbers published by

Here’s a complete listing of the known non-conference games for the Hoosiers next season:

· vs. Howard at Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 12
· Gavitt Tipoff Games: at Seton Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 15
· vs. South Florida at Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 19
· vs. Arkansas State at Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 22
· vs. Eastern Michigan at Assembly Hall on Friday, Nov. 24
· Big Ten-ACC Challenge: Duke at Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 29
· at Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 9
· Crossroads Classic: vs. Notre Dame at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 16
· vs. Youngstown State at Assembly Hall on Friday, Dec. 29

Indiana will reportedly play two Big Ten conference games on the first weekend of December to accommodate the Big Ten tournament moving up one week.

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  • JethroTroll

    The selection committee may not use Kempom, but they most assuredly are using a very similar metric, as well as other metrics. I know for sure that they have drifted away from using the very flawed RPI though.

    A lot of people on this board are overly concerned about team rankings and schedules, and that’s all Crean’s fault. He definitely scheduled way too many bad teams. It’s really not that difficult to put together a good, balanced schedule, and this year’s schedule is a step in the right direction. The key to any season is just winning games, and being in the B1G helps, as winning the conference generally puts them in the conversation for a top seed. As long as they took care of business in the non-conf, regardless of the schedule.

    As Crean’s era gets further and further in the rear view mirror, all these scheduling concerns will erode as well.

  • JethroTroll

    Eh. Nothing against the walk-ons, but it’s pretty telling where this program it’s at if we’re bragging about them.

  • stuart j fultz

    Thank you Jethro. Really appreciate that, I really liked Coach Crean in a lot of aspects but the way our non-conference schedule was year in and out was almost embarrassing. I was wondering if, when you had time, if you could expand a little on your idea’s on the flawed RPI system? The process of seeding and tourney selection is a big topic of interest for me. I know that they have always done it a way of having really good match ups. Like having certain teams in the same regions that play in the second round and it just happens to be a huge rivalry game. Also I was wondering if you may be able to recommend some good articles or websites on the subject? Thank you again for your reply. Go Hoooooooosiers!!!!

  • Outoftheloop

    Of course your post is “against walk-ons”. More importantly, it misses the point that the quality of “walk-ons” demonstrates how strong a major college basketball program is, at least in part. The fact that talented kids will pay their own tuition, in state, to be a part of the IU Basketball program, rather than accept a scholarship elsewhere, is telling as to how much respect they have for IU Basketball. I asked a question, so there was no “brag” involved. Any walk-on, who plays, must still earn his minutes, just as any scholarship player must. Ask me after the 2017-18 season for a definitive review of “where this program (is)” (the words “it’s at” are meaningless and ungrammatical).

  • JethroTroll

    LOL. It’s also pretty telling when one has to resort to grammatical errors to help make a point.

    Let’s just say that I totally disagree with everything you just posted and leave it at.

  • JethroTroll

    The RPI is severely flawed based on how it’s computed. For starters, it’s based solely on winning percentage. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it grossly over rewards Strength of Schedule (SOS). Only 25% of RPI is derived from a team’s own winning percentage, 50% comes from opposing teams’ winning percentages, and 25% comes form opponent’s opponents winning percentages. Think about that a minute. Not only is a whopping 75% of a team’s RPI based solely on SOS, but it’s theoretical that as much as 25% of a team’s RPI is based on teams that they NEVER even played. That makes no sense to me. This is why you’ll see teams with very high RPI’s by racking up wins in mid-major conferences who aren’t even deserving of an at-large bid. It’s just a very generic ratings system that’s been replaced with much more sophisticated and complete metrics.
    Personally, I don’t think the selection committee puts much thought into creating matchups in the NCAAs. Certain matchups are probably just the result of the committee trying to keep higher seeded teams as close to home as possible, which tends to lend itself to creating the possibility of rivalry matchups because of their proximity to each other. They have so many other things to worry about (seeding, selecting and logistics) that they probably don’t even notice possible matchups until the field is complete.
    As far as websites to recommend, I don’t really know what kind of information you’re looking for. I would just use google. You should be able to find what you’re looking for there.