Bloomington – Tom Crean doesn't have to worry about losing to IU's arch-rival at Assembly Hall in his first season as the Hoosiers' head coach.
That's because Purdue won't be coming to Bloomington this year during the Big Ten conference regular season slate.
Indiana released its 2008-09 conference schedule Wednesday, and the Hoosiers will play every league foe both home and away except for Purdue and Michigan. Indiana will play at Purdue on either Feb. 21 or 22 in their only regular season meeting, and it will host Michigan Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and avoid making a trip to play at Crisler Arena.
This marks the first time Purdue won't play in Bloomington since the 2001-02 season. The two teams played one Big Ten Conference game in West Lafayette that season, and then added a December non-conference match-up at the RCA Dome. Prior that 2002, one has to go back to the 1969-70 season for the last time the two teams didn't face each other in Bloomington.
The non-conference season, meanwhile, is highlighted by six games that will be played away from Assembly Hall as well. After opening the season at home against Northwestern State (Nov. 15) and IUPUI (Nov. 18), the Hoosiers head to the Maui Invitational Nov. 24-26 where they'll open with Notre Dame.
In December, IU goes on the road to face Wake Forest Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and then Dec. 13 to square off against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Crean's squad also has a high-profile match-up against Gonzaga Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis as part of the Hartford Hall of Fame Classic.
Indiana opens the conference slate Jan. 3 at Iowa at 4:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network, followed by the Hoosiers' conference home opener Jan. 7 against Michigan at 6:30.
Indiana is scheduled to appear on CBS twice (Dec. 13 at Kentucky, Feb. 15 at home against Illinois), on ESPN twice (Jan. 13 at Ohio State; Feb. 7 at Michigan State), and ESPN2 twice (Nov. 24 vs. Notre Dame, Jan. 31 vs. Ohio State). Ten Big Ten games are slated to appear on the Big Ten Network, while four others will be determined at a later date. Most of the television slots for the Hoosiers' non-conference schedule haven't been announced.
7 vs. Anderson (exhibition) TBA TBA
11 vs. Bemidji State (exhibition) TBA TBA
15 vs. Northwestern State TBA TBA
18 vs. IUPUI TBA TBA
24-26 at EA Sports Maui Invitational
24 vs. Notre Dame 5:30 p.m. ESPN2
25 vs. St. Joseph's or Texas 1:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. TBA
26 vs. TBA TBA TBA
30 vs. Cornell TBA TBA
3 at Wake Forest 7:15 p.m. ESPN
6 vs. Gonzaga TBA TBA
10 vs. TCU TBA TBA
13 at Kentucky TBA CBS
22 vs. Northeastern TBA TBA
28 vs. Lipscomb TBA TBA
3 Indiana at Iowa 4:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
7 Michigan at Indiana 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
10 Indiana at Illinois 3 p.m. Big Ten Network
13 Indiana at Ohio State 7 p.m. ESPN
17 Penn State at Indiana 6 p.m. Big Ten Network
25 Minnesota at Indiana Noon Big Ten Network
28 Indiana at Northwestern 8:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
31 Ohio State at Indiana 4 p.m. ESPN2
4 Iowa at Indiana 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
7 Indiana at Michigan State 4 p.m. ESPN
10 Indiana at Minnesota 9 p.m. Big Ten Network
15 Illinois at Indiana 1 p.m. CBS Sports
19 Wisconsin at Indiana 9 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2
21/22 Indiana at Purdue Noon/2 p.m./1 p.m. ESPN/Big Ten Network /CBS Sports
25 Northwestern at Indiana 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
28 Indiana at Penn State 6 p.m. Big Ten Network
3/4/5 Michigan State at Indiana TBD ESPN/ESPN2/Big Ten Network
7/8 Indiana at Wisconsin Noon/Noon/2 p.m. ESPN/ CBS Sports/Big Ten Network
All times Eastern. All dates and times subject to change.
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