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Add another game to IU’s 2020-21 non-conference schedule

North Alabama says it will pay a visit to Bloomington next month

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It looks like Indiana’s non-conference schedule is just about full.

North Alabama recently posted its men’s basketball season slate, which includes a game at Assembly Hall on Sunday, Dec. 13. Given what we know about IU’s schedule, that should just about do it for non-conference opponents.

The NCAA is permitting teams to play up to 27 games during the regular season, provided they are participating in a three-game, multi-team event. For IU, that’s the Maui Invitational. So, with an expected 20-game Big Ten schedule — which has not yet been finalized — and the games Indiana already appears to have on the books, it feels like the Hoosiers’ out-of-league scheduling is all set:

  • Nov. 25: vs. Tennessee Tech
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Maui Invitational (three games in Asheville, N.C.)
  • Dec. 9: at Florida State
  • Dec. 13: vs. North Alabama
  • Mid-December: Crossroads Classic vs. Butler

All of this, of course, is subject to change at a moment’s notice. Wednesday night was supposed to be the start date of the 2020-21 season, but that plan, as we all know, was scrapped long ago. It’s going to be a touch-and-go winter, just as the college football season has foreshadowed.

So, when can we expect news on the Big Ten docket? According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the league had been hoping to release the schedule this week, but it’s not clear if that will happen.

More from the State Journal, which recently took a look at the scheduling process unfolding in Madison:

Gard said contracts have had to be reworked to have COVID-19 language written into them. He also mentioned the possibility of playing Big Ten opponents — matchups that will be counted as non-conference games – if teams have games canceled outside of conference play.

UW has opponents on stand-by that it could add at the last minute in the event of a postponement, Gard said. He also noted that the Big Ten officials have discussed inserting buffers into the middle portion and at the end of the schedule to serve as “rain dates” if needed.

On his way down to do his interview, Gard poked his head in the office of UW director of operations Marc VandeWettering, who handles the program’s scheduling, and mentioned the news about the Miami-Stetson postponement.

“He kind of looked at our board and goes, ‘Yeah, I’d be surprised if we get through the non-conference and it looks like it does now,’ ” Gard said. “Who knows? I hope it does, but I think one thing we’ve learned through this is you better be flexible, you better be adaptable, you better not let one little shift in something put you into a frantic situation because who knows what it’s going to look like at the end of the day, even when you get into league play.”

Meanwhile, IU announced Thursday that it will stream a virtual version of Hoosier Hysteria next Wednesday at 8 p.m Eastern.