Frank Franklin II
SMU head coach Larry Brown will lead his team into Assembly Hall to take on the Hoosiers.
One of the knocks against Indiana this year was that its nonconference schedule was weak. So, in an effort to bolster their RPI and get the team more battle-tested, the Hoosiers added some better opponents to their slate.
In 2014-15, Indiana will battle SMU and Louisville. Both of these will be great tests for the Hoosiers.
SMU was consistently ranked this season but questionably didn't make the NCAA tournament. It made a run all the way to the finals of the NIT before losing to Minnesota. Legendary basketball coach Larry Brown has turned the program around, and the Mustangs will be ready to play when they show up to Assembly Hall.
What do I really have to say about Louisville? With Rick Pitino at the helm, the Cardinals are a consistent college basketball power. Indiana and Louisville will play on December 9, 2014 in Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic.
Hopefully, these games will get a young Indiana team prepared for the rest of the season, especially the rigorous Big Ten.