FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team arrived in Fort Wayne on Monday ahead of their Tuesday night game with the Fort Wayne Mastodons. The No. 3-ranked Hoosiers and Mastodons play at 9 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum as part of the Indiana Classic.
Indiana (3-0) is 7-1 all-time in Fort Wayne and will play in the Summit City for the first time since 1967. The game is the second in a three-game series between IU and Fort Wayne, book-ended by contests at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Tom Crean’s Hoosiers won last season’s match-up 90-65.
In Tuesday night’s installment, Indiana will bring a team shooting 44 percent from 3-point range and out-scoring opponents by more than 21 points. The Hoosiers are led by Fort Wayne native James Blackmon Jr., a former Bishop Luers star.
Fort Wayne, meanwhile, earned a 94-81 win over UMass Lowell on Saturday to climb to 2-2. Scorer Mo Evans was named Summit League Player of the Week with career highs in points (33), assists (13) and steals (5).
At No. 3, Indiana is enjoying its highest ranking since it rose to third in the next-to-last poll of 2012-13. The Mastodons are 0-9 all-time against ranked teams.
The sold-out game will air on Big Ten Network. NewsChannel 15 will have full coverage on Nightcast at 11 p.m.