Hoosiers Host Annual Haunted Hall of Hoops
Oct. 27, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In the fall of 2008, new IU men's basketball coach Tom Crean was looking for a way to give his young team more experience in playing in front of a crowd at Assembly Hall. The team had enjoyed another Hoosier Hysteria a week earlier, but with just two players back at the time, he had hoped to find another avenue before his team started the exhibition season.
Taking a page from his playbook at Marquette, Crean instituted a new event, Haunted Hall of Hoops. Following a scrimmage, games, candy and a parade, the team would gather at center court and take a group photo with all of the kids dressed in their Halloween costumes.
Like his program which has been nationally ranked each of the last three seasons, Haunted Hall of Hoops has enjoyed much success and Crean believes it is one of their favorite days on the calendar.
"I can not tell you how special it is to see so many Hoosier fans, especially young Hoosiers fans, come out and spend the day with us," said Crean. "I know the schedule has changed and usually we haven't had an exhibition game yet, but it is important to us to continue having this event."
Sixteen hours after wrapping up their first exhibition game of the season, the Indiana University men's basketball team hit the floor again for practice and an hour later the doors to Assembly Hall opened and Hoosiers fans of all ages got to see the last half hour of practice and a scrimmage.
During the scrimmage, freshman Stanford Robinson saw his first action since Hoosier Hysteria and led the Crimson to a 52-49 victory in the 20-minute event. Fellow frosh Luke Fischer added 10 points for the winners. For the Cream, sophomore Austin Etherington had 15 points and Jeremy Hollowell added 11. Several players who played heavy minutes last night against Southern Indiana, saw limited playing time in the scrimmage.
Following the game, a 15 minute costume parade took over Assembly Hall. Instead of posing for one large group picture as the squad had done for several years, the Hoosiers and staff took time to take 39 team pictures with a little more than the 1,000 who took part in the parade.
If that wasn't enough, the team headed to the Assembly Hall concourse where the players signed autographs for another hour.
"You learn very quickly here how much this programs means to people in Indiana," said senior Will Sheehey.
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