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Non-conference schedule: Tale of two extremes

All 13 non-conference games are now known for Indiana men's basketball for 2016-17. It's definitely a tale of two extremes.

The final piece of Indiana's 13 non-conference games was revealed this week when Delaware State listed a December 19th game for the Hornets at Indiana on its official web site. The announcement added to the theme of the slate, one of teams near the top or end of last year's final computer ratings.

Below is a listing of the 13 contests as well as one of the two allowed exhibition games. You can find our Indiana 2016-17 schedule link at any time on our pages under the Basketball drop down menu (link).

That linked schedule also includes what we know right now about the Big Ten conference games for Indiana including the single and double play opponents.

Here are the non-conference games expected to be on the 2016-17 schedule:

Nov. 5 vs. Bellarmine University (Bloomington) - EXHIBITION
Nov. 11 vs. Kansas in Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) in Armed Forces Classic
Nov. 16 vs. UMass-Lowell* (Bloomington)
Nov. 19 vs. Liberty* (Bloomington)
Nov. 22 vs. IPFW* at the Fort Wayne Coliseum
Nov. 27 vs. Mississippi Valley State* (Bloomington)
Nov. 30 vs. North Carolina in Big Ten-ACC Challenge (Bloomington)
Dec. 2 vs. SIU Edwardsville (Bloomington)
Dec. 4 vs. SE Missouri State (Bloomington)
Dec. 10 vs. Houston Baptist (Bloomington)
Dec. 17 vs. Butler in Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
Dec. 17 vs. Delaware State (Bloomington)
Dec. 22 vs. Austin Peay State (Bloomington)
Dec. 31 vs. Louisville at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis

The games with asterisks are part of the Indiana Classic where participating teams play each in a round robin set-up.

Below is a table image of the known non-conference schedule that includes the 2015-16 season records and and Sagarin ratings for each program.

As the table shows it's a schedule with some clear extremes. Three opponents (Kansas,  UNC, Louisville) among the top seven overall in the Sagarin ratings, four among the top 28. Then five opponents not in either of the top 300 and seven outside the top 270. 

Mike Pegram, Top Stories