While FINALLY sitting in my General Admission IUBB seats, I looked around Assembly Hall. I cannot describe how proud I am to be a Hoosier.
I come from a huge IU family. I remember my first IU basketball game. I was 5, and we played Northwestern. I got a pair of 'Go IU' earrings, which really come in handy for tailgate season, but back to basketball. I've been going to games since I was young, and have never seen Assembly Hall the way it has been lit up this season.
This truly is the turn around for Indiana basketball. Now, I only know technical basketball stuff from cheerleading in high school, but that doesn't change my love for the sport, and for my Hoosiers. This is what Indiana basketball is all about.
It's been quite a long time since IUBB has actually had a good name for itself. Instead of leaving with 15 minutes left in the second half, like the past years, fans stay long after the game has ended. They continue to chant and sing for our Hoosiers.
This pride comes from somewhere. It comes from the students, the kids, the alumni, and the fans. Although there were hard times, Hoosiers are finally able to see the contrast of the past rough years. Perhaps it's from the awesome videos that play on the big screen to get the students hyped up; especially the last shot at the buzzer by Watford against a litttttttttle team called UK. Maybe you've heard of them? Students rushed the court that game. It gave us hope and belief in our team, and not to mention a great reason to go out the Sunday before finals week. I still have my ticket posted up on my wall. That's a game I won't ever forget.
Tonight was a stripe out. I had my doubts, but just seeing how everyone in Assembly Hall put an effort, made me feel a little sappy, I won't lie. Even the balconies were full!! I can remember a time when we were lucky to even have up to row 55 full. Let's keep it up Hoosiers. After all, there's really nothing like the atmosphere in Assembly Hall during an IUBB game. Even while leaving Assembly Hall, you can heard students and boys and girls of all ages chanting "Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers." The pride doesn't stop, nor does #IUBB.
Oh, Cody Zeller, I know I just met you, and this is crazy but here's my number, so call me maybe ;)