Nov. 5, 2008
Complete Game Notes in PDF Format
EXHIBITION GAME: INDIANA VS. ANDERSON
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, 7 p.m.
Assembly Hall (17,357)
RADIO AND TV
IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will begin its 109th season of men's basketball when it hosts Anderson University, an NCAA Division III institution from nearby Anderson, Indiana, on Friday evening. The contest will be the first for new IU head coach Tom Crean and his staff.
Crean and his staff will put one of the least experienced teams in NCAA Division I history on the floor for the 2008-09 season. Senior Kyle Taber (28 points) and sophomore walk-on Brett Finkelmeier (2 points) are all that return from last year's 25-8 squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Indiana will take the floor with seven new scholarship players and three additional walk-ons to start the season with Taber and Finkelmeier during the first semester
BAPTISM BY SOMETHING HOTTER THAN FIRE
The 2008-09 Indiana Hoosiers will have the potential to play five nationally ranked programs in the non-conference portion of their schedule, the most since Indiana played six non-league games against ranked foes in the 1992-93 season. The Hoosiers will for sure play #9 Notre Dame in the EA Sports Maui Invitational(11/24), at #21 Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (12/3) and against #10 Gonzaga at the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase in Indianapolis (12/6). In addition, #1 North Carolina and #7 Texas also will be at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008. He came to Indiana from Marquette where he was 190-96 (66.4) in nine seasons and made five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2003 Final Four. Tom Slyder begins his fourth season as the head coach of the Anderson University men's basketball program. Over his first three seasons, the Ravens have compiled a 32-46 overall record and was named the 16th men's basketball head coach in school history on May 23, 2005. He played for AU from 1984-88.
The Hoosiers will host Bemidji State in an exhibition game, Tuesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in Assembly Hall.
The 2008-09 season marks the fifth campaign that the Hoosiers have opened the season with exhibition games against NCAA Division II or III schools. Last year, Indiana defeated North Alabama and UNC Pembroke before the start of the regular season.
Here is a look at all the exhibition results from the past four years:
North Alabama, W, 121-76
UNC Pembroke, W, 111-62
North Dakota, W, 95-50
Indianapolis, W, 83-46
St. Joseph's (Ind.), W, 93-65
Indianapolis, W, 96-49
Bellarmine, W, 101-64