6-Banner Sunday: UCLA, USC join Big Ten, full IU basketball non-conference schedule released – Inside the Hall


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Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, a joint production between The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall where we highlight the five most essential basketball UI stories from the past week, and take a look to how other IU sports programs are doing.

Generally, the offseason is a quiet time for IU and college basketball. This week turned out to be the complete opposite of that with some of the biggest bombshells both local and national in a long time. That earth-shattering news was the addition of two elite Pac-12 teams for the 2024 season joining the Hoosiers and other conference foes in the Big Ten.

The IU-specific headlines weren’t to be outdone by this national story, however. These involved announcing the rest of the non-conference schedule, a fan-favorite event having a specific date announced, a former Hoosier player-turned-staff meeting the media for the first time, and a few former IU players in The NBA is making headlines. We will end, as usual, with an overview of the situation of the other Hoosier Sports.

Several smaller elements also took place, including Inside The Hall’s ongoing Freshmen Focus series, Trayce Jackson-Davis talking to Andy Katz, the Recruiting Services Consensus Index ranking 13th IU class in 2022 and the regular Thursday broadcast of Assembly Call.

• UCLA and USC join Big Ten
• IU publishes non-conference schedule
• The date of Hoosier Hysteria is announced
• Jordan Hulls speaks to the media
• Victor Oladipo remains in Miami and Juwan Morgan on the road
• Hoosier Overview

Banner #1 – UCLA and USC join the Big Ten

College sports experienced a proverbial earthquake Thursday afternoon with the shocking news that USC and UCLA were considering leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten. A few hours later, it was made official and IU’s conference went from 14 to 16 teams.

What that does in terms of the schedule with these teams being so far removed from everyone else in the league is unclear at this point. Also, it is not yet known whether this will lead to a greater realignment among the other power five schools.

What is clear is that with the addition of these Los Angeles teams, the Big Ten now has schools in all three major media markets in the United States and from coast to coast. Also, an upcoming new TV deal that could earn more than $100 million a year (the Pac-12 pays about $20 million) per school has likely attracted newcomers despite falling far short of the other 14 teams geographically.

Banner #2 – IU released a non-conference schedule

Almost every other week it would be the top banner, but with the additions of the Big Ten this topic was relegated to number two.

Hoosier fans learned of a fourth high-flying non-conference game with the announcement that IU would make the short trip to Cincinnati to face a strong Xavier team at the Gavitt Games on Friday, November 18. The Musketeers are now coached by Sean Miller. (brother of former Indiana coach Archie Miller) and is expected to be near the top 25 this season. With matchups already known against Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina, the Hoosiers will now have two huge road tilts, a neutral site matchup and an elite home contest against likely seeded teams before the schedule. only looks to 2023.

On Friday, the team released its entire non-conference schedule with no other big name opponents and the regular season opener Nov. 7 against Morehead State at Assembly Hall. The only surprise is that the previously known game against Miami (OH) will take place in Indianapolis at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday, November 20 rather than Bloomington. This gives IU at least one game in the Circle City for the 48th consecutive season.

The rest of the schedule, including game times, is expected to be revealed in the coming months.

Banner #3 – Hoosier Hysteria date announced

Before games can take place, IU must first start training. While they do this throughout the offseason, the official season opener begins with the annual Hoosier Hysteria event on Friday, October 7.

This date associates it with the Hoosier football team‘s comeback weekend and their showdown with Michigan the following day.

Banner #4 – Jordan Hulls speaks to the media

Just as news of the conference realignment arrived, former Hoosier fan favorite and now team recruiting coordinator Jordan Hulls met the media for the first time. Hulls discussed his new job, recruitment and his recent retirement after a long professional career in Europe.

Inside The Hall’s Tyler Tachman wrote about Hulls after the availability session. He was talking about returning to his hometown and why he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be on staff at his alma mater.

Banner #5 – Victor Oladipo stays in Miami and Juwan Morgan on the road

Not just one, but two relatively recent Hoosier stars made headlines this week in the NBA. First of all, Victor Oladipo agreed to an agreement to stay in Miami for another season by Shams Charania.

However, the most potentially exciting news for IU fans is that recent Celtic Juwan Morgan is returning to Indiana because he was included in the hit trade that sent Malcolm Brogdon to Boston by Adrian Wojnarowski. While Morgan has an uphill battle to make the Pacers’ final roster, he can get a deal where he spends some of his G-League time playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Either way, until he’s released from the team, Morgan will now play where Hoosier fans can see him much more regularly.

Banner #6 – Hoosier Roundup

• Per Kendall Rogers, former Hoosier Tracy Smith baseball coach is come back to the Big Ten to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Although he fell short of Arizona State standards in his last job, he was the most successful coach in IU baseball history during his nine years at Bloomington, leading Indiana to the College World Series.

Football has announced a home game with Massachusetts for 2027.

• Men’s soccer has many former players among the pros.

• Cross country has released its next fall schedule.

• The current and former Hoosiers took part in a few non-NCAA events this week.

• Men’s and women’s golf added new assistant coaches.

• Men’s tennis promoted a staff member to Associate Head Coach.

• Rowing has announced its next recruiting class.

• A current IU diver won a medal in Budapest.

Thank you for your continued support of The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall. We’ll be back next weekend with another roundup.

Now go feast on a Sunday at 6 banners.

Aaron (Ari) Shifron
Contributor to the call to the Assembly

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