For the first time in 574 days, Indiana University basketball fans will be able to see their team, in-person, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Per a release from the school, Hoosier Hysteria, the annual preseason event to kick off the basketball season, will take place in Bloomington on October 2nd. Admission is free, and timing for the event is still to be determined. As per tradition, fans are asked to donate a canned food item to benefit the Hoosier Hills food bank.
- Event: 2021 Hoosier Hysteria Presented by Smithville
- Date: October 2, 2021
- Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
- Time: TBD
While additional details will follow, fans can expect Hoosier Hysteria to return to its normal pomp and circumstance. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will get introduced in an exciting and entertaining way. Pyrotechnics may or may not be involved. A dunk contest, three-point shootout, and scrimmage, as well as speeches from Mike Woodson and Teri Moren, will likely make up the festivities. As usual, expect a long list of commitments and recruiting targets to make their way to Bloomington as well.
I know our team and me personally can not wait to have the opportunity to be in front of the best fans in the country in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. I’m really looking forward to experiencing this. It will be a fantastic time and everyone is excited to interact with Hoosier Nation to celebrate the beginning of our season.”– Indiana men’s basketball head coach Mike Woodson
This will be Woodson’s first Hoosier Hysteria as Indiana head coach, as his team will try to carry forward their impressive showing from The Bahamas, where they won both games by double digits against Serbian club BC Mega. Moren is entering her eighth season as head coach of the women’s team, who set a program record with 16 Big Ten wins last year and made the Elite Eight for the first time ever.
Indiana’s football team, ranked 17th in the nation in the preseason AP Poll, is on the road, at preseason No. 20 Penn State, on the same day. In case there is a conflict between the football game and Hoosier Hysteria, the school explicitly states that the football contest “will be shown live in and around the facility, including on the giant scoreboard.”
For those unable to make it to Bloomington, the event has been typically presented on BTN+, a paid streaming service provided by Big Ten Network. Once the finalized streaming details have been confirmed, we will share a guide on how to watch your Hoosiers from home.
Last year, as a result of the pandemic, IU held a virtual event on Facebook Live to take place of the festivities. Of course, fans were not permitted to attend any basketball game last season until the Big Ten Tournament. Assembly Hall hosted NCAA Tournament games, but this will serve as the first opportunity for IU fans to watch the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall since March 7, 2020, the 2019-20 regular season finale, a 60-56 home loss to No. 24 Wisconsin.
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