Basketball Schedules Set For Indiana And Purdue
ROSEMONT, IL -- The Big Ten has released the official conference schedules for the upcoming basketball season, setting in stone the complete schedules for both Indiana and Purdue.
As it was rumored the Hoosiers and Boilers will in fact meet each other only once this year, braking a long standing tradition of a twice-yearly meeting between the two rivals. That game will be in Bloomington January 28th.
Both teams are also touting tougher non-conference schedules than last year. Purdue will be "Indiana heavy" for three straight games in that first half of the season, with games against Valparaiso and IUPUI from the Horizon League and Butler from the Big East in the Crossroads Classic.
Ahead of those two will be Tennessee and either Villanova or Western Kentucky in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas.
A non-conference opponent that the Hoosiers and Boilermakers have in common is Louisville. The Boilers host the Cardinals November 28th in West Lafayette and IU will head to the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville December 9th.
After kicking off their regular season against Indiana State for the first time since 2005, Indiana will be hit with a tough five game stretch after Thanksgiving starting with a date with the Duke Blue Devils November 29th. The Hoosiers then start Big Ten play earlier with two games against Michigan and Iowa. That's followed by the Louisville game and then will take on Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic December 16th.
In Big Ten play the Hoosiers have home-and-away's with Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State. Purdue will home-and-away with Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Three of Purdue's first four Big Ten games will be at home. The Boilers are looking to repeat at Big Ten regular season champions, while Indiana is just hoping to get back on track under new head coach Archie Miller. They finished with an overall record of 18-16 last year and were 7-11 in the Big Ten, losing six of their last eight games.
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