BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The 2007-08 Indiana University men's basketball schedule has the Hoosiers facing four non-conference opponents who advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, and tying a school record with 19 games in Assembly Hall, including matchups with Georgia Tech, Connecticut and Kentucky, who makes its first visit to Bloomington since 1990.
The Hoosiers return three starters and six lettermen overall from last year's team which finished 21-11 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten and made its 34th NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition, Coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff were able to attract one of the top ten recruiting classes in the country. His teams also have appeared in 12 of the last 13 national tournaments and he is one of just five coaches who have guided his teams to 20 wins or more in each of the last 10 seasons.
"Good programs are able to put together a schedule that quality athletes like to play and fans want to come out and see," Sampson said. "Our non-conference schedule will test us and the Big Ten is as tough as ever."
The Hoosiers will play host to two exhibition games in early November. IU will take on North Alabama (11/4, Noon) and Sampson's alma mater Pembroke State (11/10, 8 p.m.) prior to opening the season in the first round of the Chicago Invitational Challenge (CIC) at home against Longwood (11/18, Noon).
The Hoosiers will play a second round CIC matchup in Assembly Hall two days later when it plays UNC Wilmington (11/20, 7 p.m.).
The event concludes over Thanksgiving weekend at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois as the Hoosiers will tangle with Illinois State (11/23, 8:30 p.m.). In the final round, IU will face either Kent State or Xavier (11/24, 6 or 8:30 p.m.), the first of three straight games against teams which played in last year¹s NCAA Tourney.
Indiana returns home to face Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (11/27, 7 p.m) before traveling to Carbondale, Illinois to play 2007 Missouri Valley Conference champion Southern Illinois (12/1, 9:30 p.m.).
The Hoosiers will play the next five games at home beginning with Tennessee State (12/3, 7 p.m.). Long-time rival Kentucky makes its first trip to Bloomington since the 1990 season (12/8, 4 p.m.) in the final game for IU before final exams.
During the holiday season, IU will face Western Carolina (12/15, 8 p.m.), Coppin State (12/22, Noon) and Chicago State (12/29, 7 p.m.) in the final tune-ups prior to Big Ten play. Indiana¹s final non-conference game will take place in the middle of conference action at home against Connecticut (1/26, 1 p.m). Television schedules for all non-conference games will be released by the Big Ten at a later date.
During Big Ten play, IU will play on ESPN or ESPN2 seven times, on the Big Ten Network (BTN) on five occasions and on CBS twice. The final three games of the conference schedule will be assigned to one of the above-mentioned networks later in the season.
"I think the Big Ten Network is a cutting edge idea to have one place where Indiana fans can go to follow the Hoosiers and the Big Ten on a daily basis," said Sampson. "Television has played such a big part in the growth of college athletics, but this is the first venture of its kind that will showcase our entire campus and give exposure to the many outstanding coaches and student-athletes at IU who haven't received this type of coverage before."
The Hoosiers open up Big Ten play with games at Iowa (1/2, 9 p.m., BTN) and Michigan (1/8, 7 p.m., ESPN). Indiana opens the home portion of its league slate in a nationally televised contest against Illinois (1/13, TBA, CBS) which begins a stretch of four of five at home. IU travels to Minnesota (1/17, 9 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2) before battling Penn State (1/20, 2 p.m., BTN) and Iowa (1/23, 9 p.m., BTN) at Assembly Hall.
Following the non-league matchup with UConn, the Hoosiers play three of the next four on the road starting at Wisconsin (1/31, 9 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2).
IU returns home to take on Northwestern (2/3, Noon, BTN) before heading to Illinois (2/7, 9 p.m., ESPN or ESPN 2) and Ohio State (2/10, 1 p.m., CBS).
The Crimson and Cream begin a three-game homestand against Wisconsin (2/13, 7 p.m., BTN), Michigan State (2/16, 9 p.m., ESPN) and Purdue (2/19, 7 p.m., ESPN) which is the lone regular season matchup against the Boilermakers.
The Hoosiers venture to Northwestern (2/23, 8 p.m., BTN) and return home to face Ohio State (2/26, 7 p.m., ESPN).
The final three games have IU going to Michigan State (3/2, TBA, TBA) before closing out the home portion of the schedule against Minnesota (3/5, TBA, TBA). The final game of the regular season is at Penn State (3/8 or 3/9, TBA, TBA).
The first games of the year will actually come over Labor Day weekend, when IU heads to the Bahamas to play four exhibition games in three days. The official traveling party will arrive in Nassau on Friday August 31st around 6:30 p.m. and will immediately venture to Kendall Isaacs National Stadium (2,500) where it will face a Bahamas Select squad at 8:30 p.m. local time. On Saturday, IU will take on Guatemala at noon and the Sunshine Auto Club at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the Hoosiers are scheduled to play the Commonwealth Bank Club at 2 p.m., and will return to Bloomington later that evening. None of the exhibitions will be on radio or television.
The Hoosiers are allowed to have 10 practices leading up to the trip. The returning players will start workouts on Saturday, August 25, while newcomers may begin practicing the first day of school which is Monday, August 27.
"The real benefit for us is the extra practice sessions that we will get because of the trip," added Sampson.
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