Local Sports Headlines: June 29, 2022

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Indiana University Football to Host UMass in 2027
Indiana University and the University of Massachusetts football programs announced on Tuesday afternoon that the teams will play in Bloomington on September18, 2027. IU defeated UMass, 45-6, at Gillette Stadium on September 8, 2012, in the only meeting between the two programs.

Below are the Hoosiers future non-conference opponents:
2022-9.10 – Idaho, 9.17 – Western Kentucky, 9.24 – at Cincinnati
2023-9.9 – Indiana State, 9.16 – vs. Louisville @ Lucas Oil Stadium, 9.23 – Akron
2024-8.31 – Florida International, 9.7 – at Louisville, 9.21 – Charlotte
2025-8.30 – Old Dominion, 9.6 – Louisville, 9.13 – Indiana State
2026 -9.5 – Colorado State, 9.12 – Ball State, 9.26 – at Connecticut
2027– 9.4 – at Virginia, 9.11 – Indiana State, 9.18 – UMass
2028– 9.16 – Virginia
2029– 9.15 – Western Kentucky 2030– 8.31 – at Notre Dame
2031– 9.27 – Notre Dame

Indiana University Men’s Basketball to play at Xavier in Gavitt Tip-Off Games
Per CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Indiana will travel to Xavier for the 2022 Gavitt Games. The road trip to Xavier only adds to Indiana’s already loaded non-conference schedule with games versus Kansas, Arizona, and North Carolina already announced. There have been no announcements of time and date for each game at this point in time.

The Xavier Musketeers are coming off of a 23-13 season finishing seventh in the Big East but were able to win the 2021-22 NIT Championship. They welcome new head coach Sean Miller, who is the older brother of former Indiana Head Coach Archie Miller. This is Miller’s second stint with the Xavier program. Former Indiana Forward Jerome Hunter transferred to Xavier before last season. In his first season with Xavier, he averaged 4.1 points shooting, 32.2% from the field, along with 21.2% from three. He also added 2.9 rebounds as well. The matchup up with Hunter versus a few of his former Indiana teammates is a storyline to watch here.

Ball State-Illinois State and Purdue-Davidson Headline inaugural Indy Classic Men’s Basketball Event
Indiana Sports Corp, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, and Russ Potts Productions, Inc. have partnered to host the annual Indy Classic basketball showcase. The inaugural event will take place at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, December 17, and feature Ball State versus Illinois State followed by Purdue versus Davidson. The Indy Classic will serve as an annual fundraiser for Indiana Sports Corp’s non-profit mission. Times for both games will be announced at a later date.

The Cardinals are no strangers to Gainbridge Fieldhouse as BSU played the first college game inside the fieldhouse in 1999 against Purdue. Ball State has played inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse a total of four times, with the most recent being a 69-55 victory over Indiana State in 2019. This showcase will focus on bringing the top collegiate basketball teams into Indianapolis to compete in an annual doubleheader. Indiana Sports Corp has entered an indefinite agreement with Pacers Sports & Entertainment and Russ Potts Productions, Inc. to host this event each December, taking the place of the former Crossroads Classic weekend.

Indy’s history in hosting college basketball is unmatched and extensive, including 25 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournaments, 13 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournaments, a leading eight Men’s Final Fours, three Women’s Final Fours, and numerous Regional and First and Second Round games of the NCAA tournament. This history also includes hosting the entirety of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – the only city to do so, with Ball State serving as the host institution at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Tickets for the Indy Classic will go on sale in August through Ticketmaster.com. For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit IndianaSportsCorp.org.

Indiana Fever lose at Phoenix Mercury
The Indiana Fever was defeated by the Phoenix Mercury for the second time this season in an 83-71 road loss on Monday night. The Mercury improve to 8-12 this season while the Fever fall to 5-15. Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell maintained her place as the league’s fourth-leading scorer and ended the night with 22 points, her 12th 20-point scoring effort this season. Forward NaLyssa Smith notched her fifth career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while guard Victoria Vivians reached double-digit points for the 13th time this season with 12 points. Off the bench, Fever Forward Emma Cannon also scored a season-high 12 points, reaching double-digits for the second time in her last three outings.

Neither team separated from the other greatly in the opening quarter on Monday night, despite three early makes from beyond the arc for Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi. Phoenix led 22-21 after the first quarter, but Taurasi and the Mercury would cool off in the second quarter. Vivians scored eight points in the quarter and led the way for Indiana to take its first lead of the game 1:19 into the second quarter. Leading 41-37 with 1:55 left in the first half, impactful turnovers from the Fever fueled an 8-0 run by Phoenix to close out the quarter and now lead 45-41 at the half. Kelsey Mitchell and Smith had 12 points each through the first two quarters of play, while Taurasi and Phoenix’s Sophie Cunningham both scored 13 points at intermission.

Phoenix came out of the locker room going back to the three-point line in the third quarter, making five three-pointers in the third quarter alone. Indiana only trailed by eight going into the fourth quarter. The Mercury were able to get to the fourth quarter and slow the pace down to eventually seal its second win of the season against the Fever. For Phoenix, all seven of Taurasi’s field goals came from the three-point line in her 27-point performance. Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 17 points, Cunningham finished with 16 points, and Guard Diamond DeShields added 11 points off the bench. The Mercury recorded season-highs in both three-pointers made (13) and three-pointers attempted (33). The Teams meet at 10pm this evening in Phoenix.

Indianapolis Indians Coverage

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Tuesday that outfielder Jake Marisnick has been assigned to Indianapolis to begin a rehab assignment tonight at Nashville. He is the 11th big leaguer to rehab with the Indians this season, following infielders Josh VanMeter, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Kevin Newman, outfielders Anthony Alford and Ben Gamel, and pitchers Heath Hembree, Sam Howard, Max Kranick, Duane Underwood Jr. and Nick Mears. Four players have been recalled by the Pirates. RHP Miguel Yajure, LHP Aaron Fletcher, C Jason Delay added to Pittsburgh’s taxi squad and Ossian Indiana Native and INF Josh VanMeter ends ML rehab assignment with Indianapolis are going back to Big Club.

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