Your guide to Hoosier Hysteria
Autographs, dunk contests, Sage Steele
Saturday evening, Hoosier basketball fans throughout IU’s campus, Bloomington and the country will have a chance to see the men’s and women’s basketball teams in-person.
IU Coach Tom Crean’s men’s team is ranked preseason No. 1 in polls across the country.
The women’s team enters its first season under new head coach Curt Miller. Both coaches will address the crowd.
The event is a week later than it traditionally has been so as not to coincide with fall break.
Potential recruits for both the basketball and football teams are expected to attend.
“It’s always been exciting, going back to year one, but I’ve never heard it talked about like it is right now,” Crean said. “I think it will be huge for recruiting, I don’t think there’s any question about that. We moved it back a week with one goal in mind: to give every student at Indiana the opportunity to be at it because of the fall break (last week). I think we’ll have a lot of fun.”
Here are a few tips to ensure IU basketball fans have a chance to enjoy Hoosier Hysteria to the fullest.
Assembly Hall’s doors will open at 4 p.m., and tickets are free.
Fans will be admitted until all seats in the arena have been filled. The IU-Navy football game will be screened on the video board.
Although the event is free, fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item to benefit Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
Hoosier fans can bring one item they wish to have signed by players during an open autograph session from 5 to 6 p.m. before the official event begins at 7 p.m.
Sage Steele as emcee
ESPN SportsCenter co-host and IU alumna Sage Steele will serve as emcee for Hoosier Hysteria, announcing activities including a dunk contest, a three-point contest and men’s team scrimmage.
Participants for the dunk and three-point contests have not yet been announced.
Before the event officially begins at 7 p.m., students will be encouraged to register for a Big Head contest and the Craziest Fan contest.
The Crimson Guard will select students to compete and bring them onto the floor. The lists will be narrowed down for the finals, which will take place between the dunk and three-point contest. Winners will be awarded IU Varsity Shop gift certificates.
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