Another small portion of next season's non-conference schedule has been revealed.
Indiana will host Southern Methodist University (SMU) next season at Assembly Hall, according to SMU coach Larry Brown. Brown revealed the news on ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" on Monday.
"Next year we're going to Indiana, we've got Arkansas," Brown said this morning. "We're going to beef it up as best we can."
It's ironic, considering both teams were criticized throughout the season for their less than stellar non-conference schedules. Indiana played Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and Connecticut at the Barclays Center, but it was weak otherwise.
SMU, which missed the NCAA Tournament despite being ranked the last week of the season, played Virginia in the non-conference slate, but no other team was particularly strong. The Mustangs seemed like a lock to make the tournament, but they dropped their final three games to Louisville, Memphis and Houston and were left out of the field and this year's biggest snub.
This is the third game on Indiana's non-conference schedule that has already been revealed. The Hoosiers will also play Louisville at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic, and will play Butler in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.
The game against SMU should be an exciting one. The Mustangs are coached by former Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown, who has suddenly turned the SMU program into something of a hotbed for talent in the greater Dallas area.
The Mustangs, which finished this season 23-9 and are a one-seed in the NIT, should be loaded next year. They return top scorer Nic Moore (13.7 ppg), who played at Warsaw High School in Indiana. They are also bringing in point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, the top-ranked player in the 2014 class.