Indiana Hoosiers Mens Basketball Tickets
The Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team is a Division I program for Indiana University. The team is located in Bloomington, Indiana and play their home games at Assembly Hall. Assembly Hall has a capacity of 17,472 people and was built in 1971. Assembly Hall is one of the loudest arenas in college basketball. The team has been extremely successful at home, with winning streaks of 50 and 35 games in the past. The team is in the Big Ten Conference. The team is currently coached by Tom Crean. After taking over a team that was mired in scandal, Crean slowly began to build back the program, taking them to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012.
The team began at the turn of the 20th century in the 1900-1901 season, and since that time, have become one of the most storied and successful teams in the nation. After garnering their first All-American selection in 1921, they have not slowed down in their quest to be one of the best teams in the nation. Under coach Everett Dean, they garnered conference championships in 1926, 1928, and 1936. Under Branch McCracken, the team won its first NCAA championship in 1940, and under McCracken, the team went on to win 364 games, to go with four Big Ten titles, and another national championship in 1953.
The next great coach at Indiana came in 1971 when Bob Knight became the head coach. In Knight’s 29 seasons at Indiana, the Hoosiers won 662 games and three National Championships, in 1976, 1981, and 1987. After making the championship game in 2002, the team hit a lull, between poor on court performance and recruiting violations, the team failed to make the NCAA tournament five out of the next nine years, and not advancing past the second round in any of their NCAA tournament appearances.
The Hoosiers have featured 71 players that went on to be selected in the NBA Draft. The Hoosiers have two major rivalry games. The first is an annual matchup with in-state rival the Purdue Boilermakers. While on a national level, the Hoosiers have been more successful, since their first matchup on March 2nd, 1901, Purdue leads the series 112-86; however, since 1939, Indiana has been the better team, going 75-61 with five national championships to Purdue’s none. Indiana’s other major rivalry is between them and the Kentucky Wildcats. Since the two team’s first meeting in 1924, they have faced one another 55 more times with Kentucky taking the lead 32-24; however, Indiana won the team’s last regular season meeting on Christian Watford’s last second shot.