My Hoosier Intel will be a regular feature for our premium subscribers to keep you on the pulse of everything happening in and around Indiana athletics.
Let's start today with some basketball scheduling news.
MAUI INVITATIONAL IN 2015?
That's what AllHoosiers.com is hearing. Indiana will return to the Maui Invitational for the first time since 2008 when it plays in Maui Nov. 23-25. Maui hasn't announced the field at this time but I've heard Indiana and St. John's could be two of the teams.
There was a time when I was hearing 2016 but apparently a Big Ten spot opened for IU in 2015. In 2014, the field will include Purdue.
MORE KNOWN DATES ON 2013-14 HOOPS SKED
We learned today that the season opener will be on Friday night Nov. 8. That means the basketball season opener will be tied to a home football weekend. On Nov. 9, the Hoosier football team will play host to Illinois.
We've also learned that the date of the Evansville game is now Nov. 26 at Assembly Hall.
The Big Ten schedule is still not expected to be released for another week or two but most of IU's non-conference dates and opponents are known. The Hoosiers will play LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 12 at home, Stony Brook on Nov. 17 in Assembly Hall, Washington in the 2K Sports Classic in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21 and either Boston College or Connecticut the next day in the same event. Then comes the Nov. 26 game against Evansville at home.
In December, IU will open on the road in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Syracuse, before coming home for games at Assembly Hall on Dec. 7 against North Florida and Dec. 10 against Oakland. On Dec. 14 IU will face Notre Dame at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Crossroads Classic. On Dec. 20 the Hoosiers will face Nicholls State at home and on Dec. 22 IU will play host to Kennesaw State.
There's also at least one more non-conference opponent to be announced and it's believed the game will be between the opener and Dec. 22. It's believed that Kennesaw State is IU's final tuneup before playing in its Big Ten opener either at the end of December or in early January.
BIG BASKETBALL RECRUITING WEEKEND
It's a big basketball recruiting for the Hoosiers. Our AllHoosiers.com hoops recruiting analyst Justin Albers is all over it.
Rather than just rehashing what Justin has written, here's his latest blog looking at the situation: Update on this weekend's recruits
If all six of the current freshmen were to return next season (potentially a big if) Indiana would have room for two players in the current class of 2014. Will Sheehey and Evan Gordon will be the two departing scholarship seniors.
But that doesn't mean that Indiana won't over sign again. In fact, if the players are there at there and committed expect IU to over sign once again. There are just too many variables in college basketball today not to cover your bases.
Let's don't forget last season when Indiana was over-signed by three and everyone was trying to figure out how it would all play out. The next thing you know Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller leave early for the NBA, and Remy Abell and Maurice Creek decide to transfer. All of a sudden IU was down a man and thus, was able to bring Evan Gordon on board.
But those are the kinds of things in place that will also have Indiana looking to over sign in my opinion.
FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET SALES ARE UP
I spoke to Fred Glass the other night at the IU Tailgate event at Memorial Stadium and he told me that student season tickets are at an all-time high at just under 15,100. He said the previous high was around 12,500.
Overall, ticket sales are now over 30,000. That's the most season ticket sales Indiana has had in a season since 1991.
FOOTBALL RECRUITING SLOWING DOWN
After those two busy recruiting weekends in August in Bloomington where the Hoosiers got between 35 and 45 recruiting targets on campus on a pair of Sunday afternoons, things will slow down now that school is back in session.
That being said, with Indiana opening on a Thursday night it's not out of the question that the Hoosiers will host some recruiting targets that night. When those names become available, I'll make sure I do a short story to update our subscribers.
DID YOU KNOW THAT …
*** former IU defensive end Greg Middleton, who played his high school football at Pike, is now in his second year as an assistant at Park Tudor? I ran into Middleton Friday night while attending the Park Tudor-Triton Central game.
*** IU freshman forward Noah Vonleh celebrated his 18th birthday on Saturday.
Look for Hoosier Intel to be a regular feature on our site. It won't be every Saturday or anything like that but instead it will be whenever there's enough behind the scenes news to warrant such a report.
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