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Friday, August 23, 2019 3:10 pm

Indiana announces 2019-20 basketball schedule

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana released its full 31-game men's basketball schedule for the upcoming season today.

The Hoosiers will open the season with seven consecutive home games against mid- and low-major opponents, meaning they could easily be 7-0 going into the Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup at Assembly Hall against Florida State on Dec. 3. The Seminoles have reached the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons and project to be Indiana's first real test of the season. Of course, that implies the Hoosiers will take care of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Nov. 30, probably not a foregone conclusion as the Jackrabbits have reached the NCAA Tournament three times in the last four years.

Indiana opens the Big Ten schedule Dec. 7 with a road trip to Madison to take on Wisconsin in one of the toughest environments in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers' other early-season conference matchup is a home game against Nebraska and new coach Fred Hoiberg. The Cornhuskers beat Indiana at Assembly Hall 66-51 last season in one of the Hoosiers' worst performances of the season.

Indiana's other non-conference games are against UConn (at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden on Dec. 10), Notre Dame (at the Crossroads Classic on Dec. 21) and Arkansas (at Assembly Hall on Dec. 29 in a rematch of last season's 73-72 thriller in Fayetteville, which the Razorbacks won). 

In Big Ten play, there are high-profile matchups against Michigan State at Assembly Hall on Jan. 23, home against Purdue on Feb. 8, the return meeting against the Boilermakers in West Lafayette on Feb. 27 and a home matchup against the Badgers in the regular-season finale on March 7. Indiana does not travel to Michigan State, nor does it host Michigan.

Below is the Hoosiers' full 2019-20 schedule. Tip times and broadcast information will be released at a later date.

Oct. 5 – Hoosier Hysteria, 4 p.m. Assembly Hall

Nov. 5 – Western Illinois, Assembly Hall

Nov. 9 – Portland State, Assembly Hall 

Nov. 12 – North Alabama, Assembly Hall 

Nov. 16 – Troy, Assembly Hall 

Nov. 20 – Princeton, Assembly Hall 

Nov. 25 – Louisiana Tech, Assembly Hall 

Nov. 30 – South Dakota State, Assembly Hall 

Dec. 3 – Florida State, Assembly Hall (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)

Dec. 7 – at Wisconsin, Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Dec. 10 – vs. Connecticut, Madison Square Garden, New York (Jimmy V Classic)

Dec. 13 – vs. Nebraska, Assembly Hall

Dec. 21 – vs. Notre Dame, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis (Crossroads Classic)

Dec. 29 – Arkansas, Assembly Hall

Jan. 4 – at Maryland, Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland

Jan. 8 – Northwestern, Assembly Hall

Jan. 11 – Ohio State, Assembly Hall

Jan. 15 – at Rutgers, Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey

Jan. 18 – at Nebraska, Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska

Jan. 23 – Michigan State, Assembly Hall

Jan. 26 – Maryland, Assembly Hall

Jan. 29 – at Penn State, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania

Feb. 1 – at Ohio State, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 8 – Purdue, Assembly Hall

Feb. 13 – Iowa, Assembly Hall

Feb. 16 – at Michigan, Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Feb. 19 – at Minnesota, Williams, Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Feb. 23 – Penn State, Assembly Hall

Feb. 27 – at Purdue, Mackey Arena, West Lafayette 

March 1 – at Illinois, State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

March 4 – Minnesota, Assembly Hall

March 7 – Wisconsin, Assembly Hall

March 11-15 – Big Ten Tournament, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

dsinn@jg.net