IU basketball announces start times for August games in the Bahamas

The IU basketball program has announced the tip-times for their two foreign tour games in the Bahamas next month.

The Hoosiers will battle BC Mega, a professional basketball club based in Belgrade, Serbia, in two contests in the Bahamas on Friday, August 13 and Sunday, August 15. The contests will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis Paradise Island.  Neither game will be televised.

Indiana will be seriously tested against a high-end European professional team that includes NBA-bound talent.

BC Mega plays in the ABA League First Division which is the 1st-tier regional men’s professional basketball league that originally featured clubs from the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia). They were 18-15 last year.

“I think this opportunity will be extremely beneficial to the young men in our program,” said IU Coach Mike Woodson in a release by the school. “They’ve worked extremely hard this summer and to have the chance to test yourselves against professional basketball players is invaluable. We’ll be able to learn a lot about ourselves and we’ll use that to our advantage as we prepare for our official practices to start in late September and games in early November.”

BC Mega shooting guard Nikola Jovic is a projected lottery pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. He is 6-10, just turned 18 and averaged 15.8 points last season.

BC Mega point guard Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith played at Dayton from 2013-17 under former IU head coach Archie Miller.  Smith averaged 13.8 points as a senior and had 498 career assists for the Flyers.

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