The who, when and where are now known about the 2010-11 IU men's basketball schedule.
That's because at long last, Indiana has released its 2010-11 men's basketball schedule. The slate includes the usual array of challenges in the non-conference portion. After opening the season with six home games, IU will go on the road for the first time Dec. 1 when it faces Boston College in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Coach Tom Crean's team will travel to Lexington, Ky., to face Kentucky ten days later.
Indiana will wrap up the pre-Big Ten schedule with a trip to Las Vegas Dec. 22-23, where it will faces 2010 NCAA Tourney Cinderella Northern Iowa in the opener. The tourney finale will pit Indiana against either Colorado or New Mexico, which is coached by former IU All-American Steve Alford.
""I think we will learn a lot about our team during the four non-conference games we play away from Assembly Hall," Crean said in a released statement. "Boston College has one of the most experienced teams with 11 seniors or juniors, the Kentucky game is one of the most intense rivalries in college basketball and in Las Vegas we will see a very good Northern Iowa team and then a day later have to take on a team like New Mexico or Colorado."
The 18-game Big Ten schedule, meanwhile, has a different look from a season ago. After alternating home-and-away games almost all of last season, this year's schedule has a handful of two-game homestands and road trips. After opening the conference slate with home games against Penn State (Dec. 27) and Ohio State (Dec. 31), Indiana plays five of its seven January games on the road. That run of road contests includes trips to Minnesota's Williams Arena (Jan. 4), Wisconsin's Kohl Center (Jan. 20) and Michigan State's Breslin Center (Jan. 30), three venues that have been very unkind to IU in recent years.
The Jan. 30 meeting with Tom Izzo's Spartans is the only regular season contest between the two teams. Indiana also will play Penn State just once, welcoming them to Assembly Hall for the conference opener.
"The Big Ten schedule is a grind that you have to be mentally and physically prepared to handle," Crean said. "This year, the league should be as good as any in the country."
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IU Releases 2010-11 Men's Basketball Schedule
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