Hoosier Hysteria Tips Off 2007-08 Men's and Women's Basketball Seasons
Oct. 13, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In front of a full crowd of Hoosier faithful, the Indiana men's and women's teams tipped off the 2007-08 season with Hoosier Hysteria on Friday, Oct. 12 in Assembly Hall.
The evening featured a 3-point contest by each team, a men's team scrimmage and a dunk contest. Sophomore Jamie Braun won the women's three-point contest and went on to battle sophomore Armon Bassett, the men's champion, to determine a winner between the two teams with Bassett winning the ultimate 3-point title. In an exciting dunk competition that included freshmen Jordan Crawford, Eric Gordon and Eli Holman, along with junior DeAndre Thomas and senior A.J. Ratliff, Crawford took home the dunk title.
Both IU head coaches addressed the crowd prior to each teams activities. Below are highlights from the event:
"IU has raised the bar in the men's basketball, men's soccer and now football. Now, it's our turn. We are here to raise the bar for IU women's basketball and we need you to do that. Will you join us?"
"I am so proud of every single player on this team. I would like to single out a couple of guys though. I want to congratulate Eli Holman for becoming eligible to play."
"Now I don't want to make too big of a deal about this, but this is what persistence and hard work will get you. When DeAndre Thomas got here, he weighed 356 pounds. This morning, DeAndre weighed 298 pounds. It's amazing what you can accomplish with a little hard work."
"We're going to have fun tonight, but at two o'clock tomorrow we start practicing. We're going to have fun this season and we're going to work our butts off to make all of you proud of us."
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