The Indiana men's basketball schedule is finally official as the Big Ten announced its conference schedule today.
IU will open the 2013-14 season on Friday night, Nov. 8 at Assembly Hall against Chicago State. Indiana will have two exhibition games as well although they have yet to be announced. The last few years IU only played one exhibition but with a goal to have 20 games at Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers have opted for two this season.
IU will play 18 regular season games at Assembly Hall, including nine in the Big Ten season. The Big Ten opener is New Year's Eve at Illinois where IU will play at 3 p.m. on ESPN 2. The conference home opener is Jan. 4 against Michigan State in a 2 p.m. game on CBS.
Indiana will play at least seven games on regular ESPN this season including at Syracuse (Dec. 3), Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic (Dec. 14), Wisconsin at home (Jan. 14), at Michigan State (Jan. 21), home with Iowa (Feb. 18), at Wisconsin (Feb. 25) and at Michigan in the regular season finale (March 8). This will mark the second year in a row that Indiana has closed out the season at Michigan.
A couple of other interesting tidbits with the schedule:
*** Indiana's only game against Purdue this season will be on Saturday Feb. 15 at Mackey Arena in a 4 p.m. tip on ESPN2.
*** Former IU assistant coach Bennie Seltzer will bring his Samford squad to Assembly Hall for a regular season game on Friday, Nov. 15.
*** Senior Night will be on a Wednesday but not a 9 p.m. tip like last year. IU will play Nebraska that night, March 5, at 7 p.m.
*** Indiana will play Michigan State twice by Jan. 21. That means the Hoosiers will face the Spartans twice in the first six games. IU will face MSU twice before it plays Nebraska, Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa, Ohio State or Michigan for the first time in conference play.
*** IU and Ohio State only play once and not until March. The teams meet Sunday, March 2 in Bloomington.
*** The Big Ten Tournament returns to Indianapolis this season and will be held March 13-16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Here's a link to the press release put out by Indiana which includes the schedule. 2013-14 Indiana Men's Basketball Schedule and Release.
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