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Know your B1G Foe - Counting down Maryland's move to the Big Ten: Indiana

As Maryland counts down the days until the school’s official move to the B1G, we’re getting to know our future conference foes one school at a time. Today, we preview Indiana.


School name: Indiana University
Location: Bloomington, IN
Mascot/nickname: Hoosiers
School colors: Crimson & cream
Distance from College Park: 622 miles
Enrollment: 32,371
B1G Member since: 1899
Notable achievements: Five national championships in men's basketball -- tied for third most in history, eight national championships in men's soccer and owns more wins than any other Division I school, six national championships in men's swimming and diving. 

We’ve been in the ACC since forever. Tell us which ACC school this is most similar to and why.

Indiana is ranked #75 in the U.S. News National Universities rankings, placing it closest to Virginia Tech, who comes in at #69. Athletically, the Hoosiers are probably most similar to a program that Terps fans know all too well: Duke. Both have a storied history as blue bloods in basketball but are an afterthought in football -- though Duke football, of course, is undergoing a bit of a resurgence after winning the Coastal Division title in 2013 and has historically done a bit better than Indiana. In 2014, Duke was named the fourth-most valuable basketball team in the country by Forbes, while Indiana was right behind them at No. 6; both programs brought in 15 million last season. Will Terps fans come to hate the Hoosiers as much as they do the Blue Devils? Time will tell.

Athletic Facilities: The basketball team plays at historic Assembly Hall, often known for being one of the loudest venues in college basketball. Opened in 1971, it seats 17,472 and features a bit of an odd configuration with limited seating behind each basket and very steep sides to fit the rest of the crowd. The arena will undergo renovation as early as 2016 after a $40 million donation. It should definitely be on your list of Big Ten road trips to take.

Memorial Stadium is home to the Hoosiers football team. It opened in 1960, was renovated in 2003, and currently seats 52,929. If you've been to the stadium at Wake Forest or Virginia Tech, you may notice the similar structure. 

Non-revenue athletics: Indiana boasts one of the best men's soccer programs in history, owning more wins, College Cup appearances, and a higher winning percentage than any other Division I school. They've won eight National Championships -- second only to St. Louis' 10 -- the most recent of which came in 2012. Big Ten soccer doesn't have the depth the ACC did, but Indiana should be great competition for the Terps for years to come.

In baseball, Indiana has made the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, as well as winning the Big Ten conference title and tournament title both years. In 2013, they reached the College World Series for the first time. 

Food, Beer, & Town: Bloomington has often been considered a great college town, and has been ranked one of the Midwest's five best food towns. Bloomington Brewing Company lies just six minutes away from campus, as well as a wealth of food options. If you're planning a visit, check out some of the best places to eat here. The school is only an hour south of Indianapolis and two and a half west of Cincinnati. 

How likely is Maryland to develop a rivalry with this school?

Well, we know the basketball programs already have a little history, although the two have only faced each other twice since that night in Atlanta. The likelihood of us developing a real rivalry with them though probably depends on how these teams trend in the future -- at least for now. I think a Terps-Hoosiers rivalry would be a great thing to see happen.