IU men's basketball schedule announced


IU Coach Archie Miller talks to the media during media availability July 18. Starting next season, Miller's IU teams will play Purdue twice under the new 20-game Big Ten men's basketball regular season format.  Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

IU Coach Archie Miller’s first Big Ten Conference schedule was unveiled Wednesday along with the rest of the Hoosiers’ nonconference slate for the upcoming season.  

Miller’s first game as the coach of the Hoosiers is Nov. 10 against Indiana State at home. This is IU’s first meeting with the in-state Sycamores since 2006. Hoosier Hysteria is October 21.  

IU’s first Big Ten game will be on the road against Michigan on Dec. 2. The Hoosiers return home to play Iowa on Dec. 4.  

Those conference games are earlier than normal due to the Big Ten Tournament being moved up a week so it can be played in Madison Square Garden. The Big East Conference plays its conference tournament there, forcing the Big Ten Tournament to be earlier. 

Following those two games, IU heads on the road to face Louisville in a nonconference matchup. A week later, IU plays in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against Notre Dame. Other marquee nonconference games are at Seton Hall for the Gavitt Games and also against Duke at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.  

“I think we have a challenging schedule that gives us a lot of opportunities to become a better team,” Miller said in an IU Athletics press release. “As I said before, scheduling is the second most important thing we do besides recruiting. Our goal is to create a schedule that has our fans excited. We have the No. 1 team in the country (Duke) playing their only road game prior to conference play in our building and that speaks for itself, but with the two exhibitions and games against Indiana State and Fort Wayne, I’d expect there would be great interest in visiting Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this year.” 

Miller’s first matchup is against Purdue at home Jan. 28. 

IU’s last conference game of the season will be Feb. 23 against Ohio State.  

To close out its nonconference slate, IU will play Fort Wayne, Tennessee Tech and Youngstown State. IU and Fort Wayne will finish its three-year agreement a year earlier as the teams were originally scheduled to play in 2018.  

IU will play two other in-state foes in its exhibition games as IU will host both Marian and Indianapolis. 

Andrew Hussey      

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