Indiana University has a history of bringing in other state schools for at least one of its basketball exhibition games each year, and it appears that will continue under new head coach Archie Miller.
An Indiana spokesman told AlbersAngle.com there is a “strong possibility” that Marian University in Indianapolis will be one of Indiana’s exhibition opponents for the upcoming season. A date for the game will be decided and announced later.
Marian has had a successful basketball program in the past, but struggled a year ago. The NAIA school limped to a 14-16 record last season after a 19-12 mark for the 2015-16 year. Carson Harris resigned as Marian’s head coach following last season, and former Carmel coach Scott Heady has taken his place. Heady, 54, was 141-38 in seven seasons at Carmel, including back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 2012 and 2013.
Marian has an Indiana-heavy roster, including my younger brother — Mark Albers — who is a freshman for Heady this season. I had always hoped he’d be playing his first collegiate game at Assembly Hall, and it looks like he will do exactly that.
The Knights will be led by rising junior Wes Stowers (North Central) and rising sophomore Derek Hawthorne (Pike). Stowers, a 5-foot-10 guard, averaged 19.4 points and more than 4 assists per game last season. Hawthorne, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 17.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 14 games.
Indiana last played an exhibition game against an in-state school during the 2014-15 season when it hosted the University of Indianapolis. In 2013-14, the Hoosiers hosted the University of Southern Indiana, and in 2012-13 they hosted Indiana Wesleyan.
Dating back to the 2005-06 season, the Hoosiers have played 11 exhibition games against in-state schools.
We’re still a couple of months away from basketball season — shoot, football hasn’t even started yet — but it’s never too early to talk IU hoops.