Indiana releases Hoosiers' 2010-11 basketball schedule.

While the rough outlines have been known for a while, IU finally has released the Hoosiers' full 2010-11 schedule.  The full schedule is below the fold, but a few initial thoughts:

  • This is a schedule built for wins. The non-conference (with 2010 Pomeroy ratings noted) does include true road games against Kentucky (3) and Boston College (62), neutral site games against Northern Iowa (29) and either Colorado (86) or New Mexico (54) in Las Vegas, and a home game against Wright State (65).  All other non-conference games except those listed above are at home, and the highest rated team among the best of the rest is Evansville (213), and the remaining seven teams are ranked 290 or worse among ~345 Division I teams. 
  • Given the above, eight non-conference wins is an absolute bare minimum, even if we have another horrible injury.  The games against Wright State and either New Mexico and Colorado in Vegas strike me as the keys to the non-conference schedule.  While I certainly, certainly am not predicting a 12-1 non-conference finish, the game against Kentucky in Lexington is the only single game in which a win would shock me. 
  • This was known already, based on last season's schedule, but IU's no-plays are at home against Michigan State (the only game is in East Lansing) and at Penn State (IU will not make the trip to the site of its only Big Ten road win of the last two seasons  and we moved our Penn State home game to the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  Not really.).
  • Nothing about the Big Ten schedule jumps out at me.  There aren't any long road trips or homestands, and the quality mix seems pretty even.  The only exception to that is in the last four games, where IU plays Purdue, at Ohio State, Wisconsin, and at Illinois.    

As I said, you can read the whole thing below the fold.  I welcome your thoughts. 

 

 

November 12 Friday Florida Gulf Coast Bloomington, Ind. 6:30 p.m. BTN

November 14 Sunday Wright State Bloomington, Ind. TBA ESPNU

November 16 Tuesday Mississippi Valley State Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. BTN

November 21 Sunday Evansville Bloomington, Ind. 1 p.m. BTN

November 23 Tuesday North Carolina Central Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. BTN

November 26 Friday Northwestern State Bloomington, Ind. TBA BTN.com

BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE

December 1 Wednesday at Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. 7:15 p.m. ESPNU

December 4 Saturday Savannah State Bloomington, Ind. TBA ESPNU

December 11 Saturday at Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 5:15 p.m. ESPN

IBN LAS VEGAS CLASSIC

December 17 Friday SIU-Edwardsville Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. BTN

December 19 Sunday South Carolina State Bloomington, Ind. 4 p.m. BTN

December 22 Wednesday Northern Iowa Las Vegas, Nev. 7:30 p.m. IBN

December 23 Thursday New Mexico/Colorado Las Vegas, Nev. 7:30 or 10 pm IBN

 

BIG TEN SEASON

 

December 27 Monday Penn State* Bloomington, Ind. 6:30 p.m. BTN

December 31 Friday Ohio State* Bloomington, Ind. 6 p.m. ESPN2

January 4 Tuesday at Minnesota* Minneapolis, Minn. 7 p.m. ESPN2

January 9 Sunday at Northwestern* Evanston, Ill. 7 p.m. BTN

January 15 Saturday Michigan* Bloomington, Ind. 8 p.m. BTN

January 20 Thursday at Wisconsin* Madison, Wisc. 9 p.m. ESPN2

January 23 Sunday at Iowa* Iowa City, Iowa 3 p.m. BTN

January 27 Thursday Illinois* Bloomington, Ind. 9 p.m. BTN

January 30 Sunday at Michigan State* East Lansing, Mich. 6 p.m. BTN

February 2 Wednesday Minnesota* Bloomington, Ind. 6:30 p.m. BTN

February 5 Saturday Iowa* Bloomington, Ind. 4 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

February 8 Tuesday at Purdue* West Lafayette, Ind. 7 p.m. ESPN

February 12 Saturday at Michigan* Ann Arbor, Mich. 2 p.m. BTN

February 19/20 Sat./Sun. Northwestern* Bloomington, Ind. TBA TBA

February 23 Wednesday Purdue* Bloomington, Ind. 8:30 p.m. BTN

February 26/27 Sat./Sun. at Ohio State* Columbus, Ohio TBA TBA

March 2/3 Wed./Thu. Wisconsin* Bloomington, Ind. TBA TBA

March 5/6 Sat./Sun. at Illinois* Champaign, Ill. TBA TBA

 

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT (Conseco Fieldhouse)

 

March 10-13 Th/Fr/Sat/Sun Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBA TBA

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