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BOZICH | Bellarmine exhibitions include Louisville AND Indiana

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Bellarmine will play exhibition games against U of L and IU this season. Bellarmine will play exhibition games against U of L and IU this season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – In the competition for the best exhibition schedule by a Division II basketball program, Bellarmine University has the credentials to measure against anybody in America.

The Knights will play the University of Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center Nov. 1.

Bellarmine’s second exhibition will be a game that coach Scott Davenport has tried to schedule for several years – against Indiana University at Assembly Hall. A source confirmed the game on Wednesday. The likely date for that exhibition will be Nov. 9.

Davenport and Indiana coach Tom Crean are friends. They have appeared at several fundraisers in Southern Indiana over the last five years. Davenport has been eager to take his team to Bloomington.

It will finally happen this season.

One of Indiana’s players started his career at Bellarmine. Ryan Burton, a 6-foot-7 senior, played his first two seasons for Bellarmine before transferring to IU. Burton , a walk-on for the Hoosiers, played in 14 games for IU last season, scoring eight points with 10 rebounds.

Bellarmine finished 31-4 last season. The Knights lost to Florida Southern, 79-76, in the Final Four of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Indiana finished 20-14, losing to Wichita State, 81-76, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Crean’s team is ranked 17th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten in the 2015-16 Athlon College Basketball Yearbook. Indiana returns four starters, including senior point guard Yogi Ferrell.

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