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Report: Indiana basketball to host North Alabama in 2023-24 non-conference



Dec 23, 2022; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Malik Reneau (5) talks to Indiana Hoosiers head coach Mike Woodson during the second half at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Per a report from CBS Sports College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein, Indiana basketball will host North Alabama on December 21st as part of its 2023-24 non-conference schedule.

This news comes just hours after it was announced that Indiana will host Army on November 12th this upcoming 2023-24 season.

Indiana’s schedule is really starting to take shape as their non-conference schedule is highlighted by Kansas, Auburn and the Empire Classic. Harvard, Florida Gulf Coast, Morehead State, Kennesaw State, Army and Wright State are the other non-conference opponents on the schedule.

For the Empire Classic, Indiana will play two of UConn, Texas and Louisville from Nov. 19-20 at Madison Square Garden.

“I think it’s important to prepare yourself with high-level competition as much as possible as your team gets ready for a 20-game Big Ten schedule,” Woodson said last season.

“I think you’ve got to challenge your team as you move forward. As we’re building this, we’ve got to challenge ourselves with big time programs.”

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North Alabama finished 10-6 (6th place) in the A-Sun Conference with a record of 18-15 overall. The Lions are coached by Tony Pujol, who is entering his fifth year as head coach of the North Alabama program.

Pujol has an overall record of 63-86 as head coach of the Lions. North Alabama has never made the NCAA Tournament.

Indiana basketball is 2-0 all-time vs North Alabama. Their last meeting was during the 2020-21 where the Hoosiers won 87-52.

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Kyler Staley is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Kyler has been in the basketball recruiting industry since 2019 and is a credentialed media member. He has covered Indiana since 2021 while continuing to also work for Prep Hoops Indiana. He has previously worked for Rivals.