It won’t be Archie vs. Sean, but according to a report Indiana is a finalizing a deal to play Arizona in Las Vegas in December.
CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein is reporting via multiple sources the two schools are finalizing plans to play at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 10. An IU spokesperson confirmed with The Daily Hoosier that discussions have taken place but nothing has been finalized at this time.
The move is part of an effort by Indiana to improve the caliber of its non-conference schedule.
Arizona finished 33-4 last season in its first year under head coach Tommy Lloyd, and lost in the Sweet 16 to Houston. Lloyd was named AP National Coach of the Year.
The Wildcats would be the second high-profile non-conference game for IU already scheduled for the 2022-23 season. A week later the Hoosiers will travel to Kansas to face the defending national champion Jayhawks on Dec. 17.
Indiana will also play an ACC opponent in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge, and possibly participate in the Gavitt Games against a Big East foe. Those pairings have not been announced. The annual Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis came to an end in 2021, but the program wants to continue to play in the state capitol.
The Indiana vs. Arizona matchup was rumored when Archie Miller was the head coach at Indiana and his brother Sean the head coach at Arizona, but it never materialized.
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