Kansas, Arizona reinforces 2022 IU schedule

BLOOMINGTON — From his earliest days as IU head coach, Mike Woodson made two planning promises.

First, he wouldn’t push his team too early, as Woodson incorporated his methods and philosophies into his program. The calendar reflected this, the Hoosiers finished last season with a featherweight non-conference strength of the schedule.

But there was also that second promise — that once Woodson was convinced those roots had sunk deep, he would take IU to the biggest stages he could find.

“If we can play the Kentuckys and Kansases again before we get to the Big Ten,” Woodson said last year, “then I’m open to it.”

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As the Hoosiers’ 2022-23 schedule takes shape, Woodson is sticking to his word.

Indiana Hoosiers head coach Mike Woodson speaks to Indiana Hoosiers guard Xavier Johnson (0) during the game against Louisiana-Lafayette at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

Already, IU has committed to a home-and-home series with defending champion Kansas for the next two seasons. The Hoosiers will travel to Lawrence on December 17, with Kansas making the return trip in 2023.

Now IU is in the process of adding Arizona – last season’s absolute Pac-12 champion – to its schedule as well. While IndyStar believes the details aren’t finalized, the plan is to play the Wildcats in Las Vegas on December 10, a move first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

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