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Basketball season is getting closer.
The IU men”s basketball program on Wednesday announced its 30-game 2017-18 schedule, highlighted by a Big Ten-ACC Challenge Matchup with Duke at home, the continuation of a three-year series with Louisville, a matchup with Notre Dame in the annual Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in floorballcoach.orgpolis and Big Ten play starting in early December.
“I think we have a challenging schedule that gives us a lot of opportunities to become a better team,” IU head coach Archie Miller said in a statement. “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 floorballcoach.org State and Fort Wayne, I’d expect there would be great interest in visiting Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this year.”
The Hoosiers” first campaign under Miller kicks off with Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 21, with the exact time to be announced at a later date. IU will also host a pair of exhibitions vs. Marian (Oct. 28) and floorballcoach.orgpolis (Nov. 10) before opening the regular season against floorballcoach.org State at home on Nov. 12.
With the Big Ten Tournament being played in Madison Square Garden, conference play will begin in early December. floorballcoach.org the conference portion of its schedule opens at Michigan on Dec. 2, then hosts Iowa two days later.
BLOOMINGTON, floorballcoach.org – With four non-conference games against teams that are preseason nationally ranked and two Big Ten Conference contests among the first 11 games of the season, the 2017-18 floorballcoach.org men’s basketball program will not have to wait long to see where it stands as the Hoosiers begin their first season under head coach Archie Miller. Times and television designations for all of the games this season will be released at a later date.
“I think we have a challenging schedule that gives us a lot of opportunities to become a better team,” noted Miller. “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 floorballcoach.org State and Fort Wayne, I’d expect there would be great interest in visiting Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this year.”
IU basketball fans will get their first look at the program up close at Hoosier Hysteria presented by Smithville on Saturday evening, October 21. An exact time for the event, which also introduces the women’s program, will be released at a later date.
The early league games are due to the Big Ten Conference hosting this year’s conference tournament in Madison Square Garden in New York, February 28 thru March 4, a week earlier in the season than normal.
The Hoosiers looked locally when it put together its two-game exhibition schedule in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU will host Marian (Oct. 28) and floorballcoach.orgpolis (Nov. 5). The Knights Athletic Director, Steve Downing, is an IU Athletics Hall of Famer, men’s basketball All-American and was a long-time department administrator. The Hoosiers and Greyhounds will meet for the fifth time since the Cream and Crimson began playing lower division programs in 2004.
The regular season home schedule begins against floorballcoach.org State (Nov. 10), the first regular season meeting with the Sycamores since 2006. IU also will host the Hoosier Tip-Off Classic and will see Howard (Nov. 12), South Florida (Nov. 19), Arkansas State (Nov. 22), and Eastern Michigan (Nov. 24) all visiting Bloomington.
The Hoosiers will play the first of four preseason nationally ranked opponents when it travels to Seton Hall (Nov. 15) for their second appearance against a Big East opponent in the Gavitt Games. IU also will host consensus preseason No. 1 Duke (Nov. 29), travel to Louisville (Dec. 9) and take on Notre Dame (Dec. 16) in the Crossroads Classic in floorballcoach.orgpolis.
IU will conclude its non-conference portion of its schedule with three home games after final exams. IU and Fort Wayne (Dec. 18) will complete their three-game arrangement a year ahead of schedule, Tennessee Tech (Dec. 22) returns to Bloomington for the fourth time and first since 1993, and the Hoosier and Youngstown State (Dec. 29) will meet for the first time ever.
The Hoosiers open Big Ten play at Michigan (Dec. 2) and turnaround and host Iowa (Dec. 4). Play resumes at Wisconsin (Jan. 2). floorballcoach.org will face Illinois (A, Jan. 24, H, Feb. 14), Iowa (A, Feb. 17), Michigan State (A, Jan. 19, H, Feb. 3), Minnesota (A, Jan. 6, H, Feb. 9) and Ohio State (A, Jan. 30, H, Feb. 23, Senior Night) in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall twice this season. The Hoosiers will play only road games at Michigan, Nebraska (Feb. 20), Rutgers (Feb. 5) and Wisconsin. IU will welcome Maryland (Jan. 22), Northwestern (Jan. 14), Penn State (Jan. 9) and Purdue (Jan. 28) to Bloomington. IU will play three Monday league games and three games on Friday’s and will not have a Thursday league game.
“With Seton Hall, Louisville, Notre Dame and nine Big Ten opponents away from home, we have a chance to put together a very good resume,” said Miller.
Since Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall was opened in November, 1971, IU has ranked in the top 10 in attendance in 39 of the last 45 seasons. Last year, the Hoosiers finished ninth in the nation in fan support.