The Hope College men’s basketball team is set to experience another famed basketball arena this season.
The Flying Dutchmen have agreed to play a Tuesday, Nov. 1 exhibition against Indiana University of the Big Ten at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. Tipoff is 7 p.m. Eastern.
Hope College will not be selling any tickets for the exhibition, which is already sold out.
The exhibition is not scheduled to be televised in West Michigan. Fans can watch Hope-Indiana online at btn.com, the Big Ten Network’s website.
The opportunity to play at Assembly Hall certainly speaks for itself, Hope coach Greg Mitchell said. The Flying Dutchmen are grateful to Indiana coach Tom Crean for giving them the opportunity.
“Considering Coach Crean's ties to Michigan and the Michigan intercollegiate Athletic Association, he knows full well how awesome it will be for our players, coaching staff and fans to experience one of the most unique and historical venues in all of college basketball,” Mitchell said. “I appreciate the chance he has extended to us and we are thrilled to compete on that stage against an incredible opponent in the Hoosiers.”
Hope last played a Division I opponent during the 2011-12 season when the Flying Dutchmen lost a regular-season game at Western Michigan 80-58.
Hope is coming off a 24-4 season in which the Flying Dutchmen claimed the MIAA regular-season title, reached the NCAA Division I Tournament and advanced to the second round before losing to Augustana, Illinois.
Hope’s first regular-season game in the 2016-17 season is Friday, Nov. 18 at Wisconsin-Stout.
Indiana posted a 27-8 overall record last season. The Hoosiers qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament and reached the Sweet 16 before losing to North Carolina.