Two big nationally televised games on tap for IU Athletics on Sunday

Not sure what to do on a snowy and cold Sunday afternoon in Indiana?

How about not one but two marquee matchups for two of IU Athletics’ premiere programs — both on national television.

First up Indiana men’s soccer (14-4-1, 5-3-0 B1G) will try for its 16th Big Ten Tournament title as it visits Penn State (12-6-1, 6-2-0 B1G) in the championship match Sunday at noon Eastern on Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania.  The match will be aired live on Big Ten Network with Dean Linke and Patrick Doody on the call.

Indiana is appearing in its fifth straight Big Ten Tournament final while aiming for its fourth straight trophy.  Sunday’s contest is a rematch of the 2020-21 final in which Indiana won via penalty shootout (3-2).

The two teams met at Jeffrey Field earlier this season on October 17 when IU swiped a 1-0 victory after a defensive battle. The lone goal came when Nyk Sessock’s 75th minute cross was diverted by a Nittany Lion into his own goal.

The Indiana defense has posted 12 total shutouts this season, including a streak of seven straight clean sheets in October, the second-longest single-season shutout streak in program history. During that stretch, the Hoosiers did not concede a goal in 725 consecutive minutes of play.

The Hoosiers shut out their first two opponents in the tournament, Rutgers (1-0) and Northwestern (1-0), and have recorded a clean sheet in nine of their last 10 matches. After opening Big Ten Conference play with a 2-1 defeat to Rutgers on September 17, the Hoosiers have conceded just five goals in 13 matches.

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Next, Hoosier basketball fans can vent their disdain for the Kentucky Wildcats.

An early season top-15 battle is set for later in the day as No. 8/7 Indiana hosts No. 13/13 Kentucky. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Kentucky is 2-0 after season opening wins over Presbyterian and North Alabama. They are led by All-American forward Rhyne Howard who averaged 20.7 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. Redshirt junior Dre’Una Edwards also returns for the Wildcats from a season ago who averaged 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Wildcats were picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll.

The Hoosiers will try to avenge a 72-68 loss to UK in Lexington last year.

Indiana opened up the regular season Wednesday night on the road in an 86-63 win over Butler. Graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary dropped 29 points by going 11-for-12 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the 3-point line.

The first 1,000 fans at Assembly Hall will receive an IUWBB t-shirt (south lobby) and postgame autographs with selected players (south lobby)


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