BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s basketball team announced its 2014-15 non-conference schedule and will open its regular season on Friday, November 14 when it hosts Mississippi Valley State. Including conference play, IU will play 16 games against teams that finished in the top 75 of the RPI a year ago, 11 games against teams that have been ranked nationally in a 2014-15 preseason poll and 10 games against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament. Only a handful of times and television designations are being released at this time. IU will have games on the Big Ten Network, the ESPN Family of Networks and on CBS.
- For the second time in four years, IU will host its own in-season exempt tournament with the Hoosiers Showcase. The event includes games against Texas Southern, Lamar, SMU and Eastern Washington. The Hoosiers will welcome back former head coach Mike Davis who guided IU from 2000-07 when he brings Texas Southern to Assembly Hall, November 17. He is in his third year with the Tigers and guided them to the 2014 NCAA Tournament and a SWAC Tournament title.
- SMU is a preseason favorite to win the American Athletic Conference and is led by Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown. He is the only coach in history to win an NCAA Title (Kansas, 1988) and NBA Championship (Detroit, 2004). The Mustangs enter the season as a consensus top 15 team in the country and advanced to the NIT Championship Game.
- Pittsburgh, another 2014 NCAA Tournament team, will be IU’s opponent at home in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Panthers also have earned a preseason ranking and they last squared off against the Hoosiers in the 2009 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, an IU victory. This game will take place December 2 at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN2.
- IU will make the first of its two trips to Madison Square Garden to participate in the 2014 Jimmy V Classic and will face preseason ranked Louisville for the first time since 2003. Louisville won the American Athletic Conference last year and is in its first season in the ACC. The teams will meet at 9 p.m., December 9 on ESPN.
- IU will host a Grand Canyon team coached by former NBA standout Dan Majerle, who also attended Central Michigan at the same time as IU Coach Tom Crean. New Orleans is coached by Mark Slessinger who is a Bloomington native and Edgewood High School graduate. His mother, Barbara, is an usher for basketball games in Assembly Hall.
- IU will play Butler for the third time in four years when they meet at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis on December 20.
- The second trip to MSG for the Hoosiers will be a Saturday noon matinee against Georgetown of the Big East on December 27. The game will be carried by ESPN2.
- The Hoosiers will host Indianapolis for the second time in four years for an exhibition game, November 10.
Quoting Tom Crean
“I’m glad we can bring a tournament tested team like Texas Southern for our tournament. Mike Davis has that program headed in the right direction and I’m sure he is looking forward to being back in Assembly Hall. SMU, when we decide to do that, it was really last early fall and then they went out and had a phenomenal season. They are adding players left and right and are going to be nationally ranked to start and without question they will bring in an experienced team.”
“The fact that we are getting a home game with a team like Pittsburgh says a lot. We had a lot of battles with them when we were at Marquette and played them our second year here at Indiana in the Garden. We have had great battles with them over a period of time.”
“The Louisville game is something that has been in the works for a while and we are excited to play them in the Jimmy V Classic. They are another team we became familiar with in the Big East at Marquette and we had some intense games. The Georgetown game is a unique opportunity to play right after Christmas at Madison Square Garden against a great team. It is certainly not what you are used to doing in that sense of playing somebody that strong right after Christmas, but it will be really good for us.”
“Butler is Butler and they are always going to be a tough team to play. They get Roosevelt Jones back, who is one of the tougher matchups in college basketball, not to mention Kellen Dunham and the rest of the guys they have.”