IU Insider Blog: Schedule Becoming Clear

Indiana is waiting on the Big Ten to release the conference portion of the schedule before it puts out the non-conference games. But the reality is that most of the schedule has been revealed through other sources.

The Indiana basketball schedule likely won't be released in its entirety for another few weeks.

IU has long made it its policy not to release the complete non-conference portion of the schedule until the Big Ten releases the conference sked. Last year, that happened on Aug. 30.

But with various tournaments and other schools announcing their schedules, quite a bit of Indiana's schedule is beginning to be clear.

Eleven of the non-conference opponents are known and in the case of 10 of those teams the date is known when they will face the Hoosiers. The exception is Evansville. This is the season IU and the Purple Aces are expected to wrap up a three-game contract that had Evansville coming to Bloomington twice and IU traveling once to face the Aces.

Four of IU's games will be played in this year's exempt event, the 2K Sports Classic. IU will play two games at Assembly Hall before playing the final two in Madison Square Garden. IU will face LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 12 and Stony Brook on Nov. 17 in the first two games of the tourney. Regardless of the outcome of those games, Indiana will play in Madison Square Garden Nov. 21 against the University of Washington. On Nov. 22, IU will play either the winner or loser of Connecticut-Boston College.

This year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup should be a beauty. IU will travel to play Syracuse in a rematch of the Sweet Sixteen confrontation that eliminated Indiana from the NCAA Tournament in March. The date of that game is Dec. 3.

On Dec. 7, Indiana will play North Florida at home followed by a Dec. 10 home game against Oakland University. On Dec. 14, Indiana will play in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against Notre Dame.

The other two known games are Nicholls State on Dec. 20 and Kennesaw State on Dec. 22. Both of those games are at Assembly Hall. If the Big Ten schedule looks like it has in recent seasons, Indiana can expect to play at least one and maybe two games in the final week of December.

Indiana will have two conference games this season against Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin. IU will play Iowa and Ohio State only at home, and Minnesota and Purdue only on the road.

There should be about three more non-conference games we don't know about and they'll likely all be played at Assembly Hall.

The other date we know is Hoosier Hysteria on Friday, Oct. 4.

One thing is clear. The Indiana basketball season will be upon us before you know it.

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