2023 Empire Classic Field to include Indiana, Louisville, UConn and Texas

  • 04/04/2023 12:11 pm in

Indiana will play in the 2023 Empire Classic on November 19 and 20 at Madison Square Garden, the Gazelle Group announced on Tuesday morning.

Indiana will play two games in the event, but the matchups have not been set yet.

The only other confirmed non-conference game for next season is Kansas at Assembly Hall on Saturday, December 16.

Here’s the full release from IU media relations:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana men’s basketball program will join Louisville, Texas, and UConn as participants in the 2023 Empire Classic presented by Continental Tire benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. The event will be played from Nov. 19-20 at Madison Square Garden in New York. IU holds a record of 14-12 all time in games played at MSG.

Semifinal matchups, television coverage, and the on-sale date for tickets will be announced in the future. To be the first to receive updates on these important details, sign up for alerts at Gazelle Ticket Updates and follow the Empire Classic on Twitter and on Instagram.

The series of games will mark a homecoming for Indiana head coach Mike Woodson, who was the head coach of the New York Knicks from 2012-14. Woodson was drafted 12th overall in the 1980 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and played with the franchise from 1980-81. He also served two stints as an assistant coach with the Knicks from 2011-12 and 2020-21.

Indiana is coming off a 23-12 season that ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This will mark the program’s second appearance in the Empire Classic. IU defeated Washington, 102-84, in the opening round of the 2013 Empire Classic before falling to UConn, 59-58, in the title game.

The Hoosiers also defeated Stony Brook, 90-74, and LIU Brooklyn, 73-72, in the Bloomington Regional at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall leading up to the main event at Madison Square Garden.

Texas, a 2023 Elite Eight participant, will be making its seventh appearance in the Empire Classic, the most of any program. UConn, the 2023 national champion, will be making the program’s fifth appearance in the event. Louisville, guided by former New York Knicks assistant coach Kenny Payne, will be making its debut in the tournament.

The Hoosiers are 11-9 all time against the Cardinals, 1-2 against the Longhorns, and 4-6 against the Huskies.

It will be the Hoosiers first appearance in MSG since defeating UConn, 57-54, on Dec. 10, 2019 as part of the Jimmy V Classic. IU last faced Louisville on Dec. 8, 2018 when it won 68-67 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers fell to Texas, 66-44, in their last matchup on Dec. 1, 2020 in the Maui Invitational played in Asheville, N.C.

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