The Hoosiers will face the Orange at approximately 9:45 p.m. ET on CBS from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
One of the most decorated players to ever wear the Cream and Crimson,former IU All-American and National Player of the Year Calbert Cheaney was named Director of Basketball Operations on June 18, 2011.
He was part of a staff which helped rebuiid the Hoosiers back into the national spotlight as they advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished 13th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll this season.
This past year, IU finished 27-9 and defeated the No. 1 (Kentucky), No. 2 (Ohio State) and No. 5 (Michigan State) ranked programs in one season. In addition, the staff saw freshman Cody Zeller earn All-American and Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
In addition, IU led the Big Ten conference in scoring, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage and posted a 15 1/2 game improvement in the standings, tying a Big Ten record. The Hoosiers finished second nationally in three-point field goal percentage, fifth in field goal accuracy and 11th in free throw percentage.
Cheaney, an Evansville native who played 13 seasons in the NBA following his career at Indiana, returns to Bloomington after spending the last two years working for the Golden State Warriors.
Cheaney was a three time All-American (1991,92, 93) for the Hoosiers who was named College Player of the Year and winning both the Wooden and Naismith Awards and Big Ten Player of the Year following his senior year. He is the all-time leading scorer in Big Ten history with 2,613 points and led Indiana to a 105-27 record a Final Four appearance in 1992 and a #1 ranking for most of the 1993 season. He averaged 22.4 points and 6.2 rebounds as a senior.
For his career at Indiana, he averaged 19.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and made 55.9 percent of his field goal attempts, 43.8 percent of his three-point field attempts and 79.0 percent of his free throws. He also holds the school record for field goals made with 1,018. Three times he was named first team All-Big Ten and four times he played in the NCAA Tournament. For his accomplishments, he was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.
He was the sixth player chosen in the 1993 NBA Draft and the Harrison High School product played 13 seasons in the NBA, amassing career averages of 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 26.7 minutes in 825 regular-season games with Washington, Boston, Denver, Utah and Golden State. Cheaney averaged double figures in scoring in each of his first five NBA seasons, including a career-high 16.6 points per game during his sophomore NBA campaign with the Bullets in 1994-95.
He began his post-playing career at Golden State where he worked in the team's front office as a special assistant in 2009-10. In his front office role, Cheaney worked closely with the team's players to assist with their overall personal and professional development, while also assisting the entire basketball operations staff with various functions, including pro player evaluation. Last year, he moved to the bench to serve as an assistant to former IU great Keith Smart. He also has made quite an impact in the Evansville community off the court, having built the Greater St. James Community Recreation and Education Center in 1998.
Cheaney and his wife, Yvette, have two children Julian (12) and Sydney (11).