Oct. 20, 2012
Coach Miller with Sage Steele Video | Women's Basketball Photo Gallery
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana men's and women's basketball teams officially opened the 2012-13 season with Hoosier Hysteria in front a capacity crowd in Assembly Hall on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The women's basketball team got things started with an hour-long scrimmage at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., head coach Curt Miller, his staff and the 2012-13 squad was introduced to 17,472 Hoosier faithful.
"We ask you to come out and support us," Miller said. "It is a great home schedule. We're very proud of that. One of the things that we did at Bowling Green was we protected home court. We were 60-4 in our last 64 games at Bowling Green. No one wanted to play us at home. No one is going to want to play us in Assembly Hall. We need your help. We're committed to recruiting great character kids. We have a simple philosophy that you build championship programs in the locker room. You have to have a championship locker room before you can have a championship team. We promise a team that will represent this school, community and this state night in and night out."
Following the men's basketball team introduction, head coach Tom Crean addressed the crowd.
"When you come to Indiana, there is a target on your back from the very beginning," Crean said. "There are so many former players here tonight, and they had the target on their back. A lot of people didn't want to see Indiana Basketball come back. But we are back."
The team did a long shot contest and dunk contest, before a brief scrimmage. Aulani Sinclair won the women's long shot contest, while Cody Zeller pulled the upset on the men's side. Crowd favorite and reigning dunk champion Victor Oladipo defended his title with several crowd-pleasing slams, including one that involved members of the women's basketball team and the audience.
In a 15-minute men's scrimmage to cap the evening, the Red squad topped the White squad by a 40-39 score.
"You want the definition of family in sports?" Crean added. "All you have to do is look at the Indiana Hoosiers. There is absolutely no way that, starting in 2008, any of us could have endured what we went through without having all of you stay with us. When you talk about families, they are not built on the good times. They are built on adversity. They deal with problems and keep right on moving. And through the last four years, Indiana remained family. There is no way this turns without each and every one of you. You have made the Hoosier Nation something to be reckoned with anywhere in the country and anywhere in the world.
"Thanks to each everyone one of your for coming out here and supporting this program, these young men as they continue to grow and get better. We couldn't have done it without you, thank you very much."
The men's team opens with an exhibition game against Indiana Wesleyan on Nov. 1, while the women's team will play its exhibition game on Oct. 30 against Kentucky State.