As the wait for scheduling clarity continues, it appears we have at least a small update to note.
So let’s turn our attention to the go-to place for IU basketball news: TTU Sports dot com.
According to the official web site for Tennessee Tech athletics, which recently posted its men’s basketball schedule, the Golden Eagles are preparing to tip off the season against Indiana at Assembly Hall on Nov. 25. That’s the first date the men’s basketball season may begin, per the guidelines approved by the Division I Council in mid-September.
According to this estimation, the Golden Eagles are predicted to be a middle-of-the-pack Ohio Valley Conference team in 2020-21.
Tennessee Tech is one of a handful of confirmed opponents on the updated — and yet-to-be-completed — IU season slate. Indiana will match up with Providence in the opening game of the Maui Invitational, it will travel to Florida State for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and it will play Butler in the annual Crossroads Classic.
Beyond that? *insert shrug emoji*
There’s still plenty to figure out. The NCAA is allowing teams to schedule a total of 27 games, though there’s still some questions over how many conference games will be on the books.
From the Detroit Free Press:
Izzo said the 14 Big Ten coaches were on a video call Thursday morning and have been meeting twice a week with Big Ten staff to work through scenarios, possibilities and feasibilities. He believes the league could expand by two to a 22-game schedule this winter to limit travel, which is the difference between seeking five and seven nonconference opponents. He said creative solutions such as running a Big Ten bubble or working together in pods of four teams have been mentioned but not fully explored.
Indiana’s original season opener was supposed to be next week against NJIT.