Hey guys! It’s Kristen from the Indiana University Crimson All-Girl Squad. It’s been an exciting year for the Indiana basketball team! Watching the Hoosiers beat 3 top 5 teams in Assembly Hall has been an experience I will never forget. Today I cheered on the Hoosiers on Senior Night against our arch-rival, the Purdue Boilermakers.
Gameday here in Bloomington starts an hour and a half before tip-off with a pep rally for our most loyal fans in our brand new basketball complex, Cook Hall. After assistant coach Tim Buckley’s pregame tradition of “chalk talk”, the cheerleaders pump up the fans with sideline chants and our school song.
Indiana basketball is all about spirit and tradition. As tipoff approaches, over 17,000 rowdy fans get up on their feet making tons of noise. This is one of my favorite parts of the game because the cheerleaders run into the stands to cheer alongside students, parents, alumni, and all other fans in hopes for a Hoosier win. Every fan in Assembly Hall stands until the Hoosiers make their first basket, then all together, 17,000 people yell “HOOSIERS” and we head down to the court for the rest of the game.
Assembly Hall is home to some of college basketball’s craziest fans. With the largest student section in the country, Assembly Hall has been known as an intimidating place for visiting teams to play. Our faithful students go all out for every game wearing silly costumes, holding clever signs and fat heads of famous people, and even camping out sometimes days in advance! The deafening noise level from tip off to the final buzzer keeps Assembly Hall rockin’ all night. Talk about a great atmosphere!
Known as “The greatest timeout in college basketball”, William Tell is one of Indiana’s’ most famous traditions. Set to William Tell Overture followed by the school song, this timeout gets the whole crowd on their feet clapping as the cheerleaders run eighteen flags around the court. My favorite part is when all of the fans are standing, clapping, and singing the school song together. Gives me chills every time! Check out how its done in this video below.
After taking the lead early on, the Hoosiers defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 85-74. As tradition goes, the night was concluded by Senior Night festivities. The senior cheerleaders were announced before performing the school song for the very last time in Assembly Hall. Following their performance, each senior basketball player gave a speech about their time at Indiana and what it meant to be a Hoosier. We are so proud of their accomplishments this season. I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a Hoosier!