After struggling to quickly add an opponent to the non-conference schedule over the weekend, Teri Moren and her staff found one for later this week.
Moren announced on her weekly radio show Monday night that the Hoosiers will host the Lady Vols in a newly-added game on Thursday at 4 p.m. Big Ten Network Plus will carry the broadcast.
A hole opened in Indiana’s schedule late last week after COVID issues in Butler’s program forced the cancelation of Saturday’s contest. Moren and her staffers scrambled to find a team willing to come to Bloomington on short notice but initially struck out. Then an opportunity surfaced with Tennessee, which was also looking for a game after its trip to Texas on Sunday was postponed.
“We stayed after it,” Moren said. “Tennessee knew we needed a game and called and said they wanted us to come to Knoxville. But we wanted a home game. Give credit to (associated head coach Rhet Wierzba). I think he finally negotiated that we’ll go back down to them next year. But we’re excited. That’s going to be a tremendous challenge, but we need a game before we open up with Big Ten play.”
Indeed, it’s been a stop-and-start first few weeks for IU, which has played only three games so far and will enter Thursday’s matchup on a 10-day break.
“It’s been so disruptive for our kids,” Moren said. “They’ve been great, but there’s just not been a flow with our non-conference schedule, playing a week apart. I’m excited for our players, more than anything, just to get back on the floor.”
Picked to finish sixth in the Southeastern Conference preseason poll, Tennessee is 3-1.
Indiana (2-1) is ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25.