Indiana University Basketball Schedule Released – Tough Enough Preseason; Really Tough Big Ten Season

by Kent Sterling

If these five banners are going to welcome a little brother, a lot of very good things need to happen on the schedule below.

If these five banners are going to welcome a little brother, a lot of very good things need to happen on the schedule below.

Railing about the preseason schedule of whatever team you back is as much a part of the August and September lives of major conference basketball fans as watching them during November and December, but I’m not doing it.

Criticizing a program for only sporadically challenging itself with NCAA Tournament bound competition is ridiculous when a ten-week murderer’s row awaits beginning on New Year’s Eve.

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Sure, watching Indiana play Chicago State, Stony Brook, and Samford (no relation to Fred, Lamont, and Aunt Esther – it’s spelled differently) isn’t nearly as much fun as watching them play Duke, Texas, Xavier, or Kentucky, but wearing out your team in December isn’t going to make the Big Ten season a lot of fun either.

The schedule has some interesting games that will generate huge interest, as though Indiana Basketball doesn’t already.  Watching Indiana try to attack the 2-3 zone of Syracuse again will be fascinating.  Last year’s Sweet Sixteen tilt made the Hoosiers look like they had never seen a 2-3 before.  It might that they had never seen one executed so well.

There was also a moment last year when I thought Indiana lost its legs.  Down 28-25 entering the second half against Ohio State in Bloomington on March 5th, Indiana played with crispness for the first five minutes of the second half to take a 39-34 lead.  Then they hit a wall, and were outscored 33-19 over the last 15 minutes.  They were a shell of the team that lost only three games through the huge 72-68 win at Michigan State on February 19th.  Over the next nine games, the Hoosiers lost four, including the game against the Orangemen.

The thing that’s tough about coaching a team that earnestly works its ass of day in and day out is that they will never hold anything back, and if a coach isn’t careful, they will burn through their legs.  Last year’s IU team was earnest and diligent.  And legs sometimes don’t come back.  The Hoosiers aren’t likely to be as top heavy this year, so that might not be a problem.

I also have January 14th and February 25th circled, and you can bet Tom Crean does too.  Indiana plays Wisconsin on those two nights.  ESPN loves those matchups and will broadcast both.  Crean has never beaten Bo Ryan, and those two don’t play golf together, or socialize on any level.  The handshake at the end of the game will be worth watching, regardless of the outcome.

How this roster comes together should be fascinating.  Lots of youth, and a new cultural leader or leaders.  Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Maurice Creek, Remy Abell, and Derek Elston are gone.  Remaining are Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Peter Jurkin, Taylor Wayer, Raphael Smith, Jeff Howard, and Jeremy Hollowell.

The preseason features, Washington, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and either Boston College or UConn.  Those four games are challenging enough before the Big Ten season gets rolling on New Years Eve.

I have no idea whether this team will win 16 or 30.  Should be fun.


  • November 8       vs. Chicago State, 7p
  • November 12     vs. LIU Brooklyn (2K Sports Classic), TBA
  • November 15     vs. Samford, 7p
  • November 17      vs. Stony Brook (2K Sports Classic) 5p 


  • November 21          vs. Washington (@Madison Square Garden), 9p
  • November 22          vs. Boston College/UConn (@Madison Square Garden), 5p/7p
  • November 26      vs. Evansville, 8p


  • December 3              at Syracuse, 7:15p
  • December 7           vs. North Florida, 7:30p   
  • December 10        vs. Oakland, 7p

CROSSROADS CLASSIC (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

  • December 14             vs. Notre Dame, 3:15p
  • December 20        vs. Nicholls State, 7p
  • December 22        vs. Kennesaw State, 12p


  • December 31             at Illinois, 3p
  • January 4               vs. Michigan State, 2p
  • January 11                 at Penn State, 12p
  • January 14             vs. Wisconsin, 7p
  • January 18             vs. Northwestern, TBA
  • January 21                 at Michigan State, 7p
  • January 26             vs. Illinois, 3p
  • January 30                at Nebraska, 8:15p
  • February 2             vs. Michigan, 1p
  • February 8                 at Minnesota, 8:15p
  • February 12           vs. Penn State, 7p
  • February 15               at Purdue, 4p
  • February 18           vs. Iowa, 9p
  • February 22/23        at Northwestern, TBA
  • February 25               at Wisconsin, 9p
  • March 2                   vs. Ohio State, 12p/4p
  • March 5                   vs, Nebraska, 7p
  • March 8                      at Michigan, 6p

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

March 13-16

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