Basketball team to hold open scrimmage….

In conjunction with Terry Hoeppner’s push to attract fans to Memorial Stadium — or “The Rock”  — the men’s basketball team will allow fans to watch a scrimmage after the Michigan State game on Oct. 28.

According to the Indiana athletic department, the Hoosiers will take the court at Assembly Hall one hour following the noon football game. That should be about 4:15.

Hoeppner — who’s obviously looking past  the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes — challenged the fans during his Tuesday press conference. He wants 50,000 people to show up for the game in two weeks against the Spartans on homecoming weekend. 

The highest attendance so far this year was 32,142 for the Wisconsin game.

Here’s what Indiana’s press release says basketball coach Kelvin Sampson said about the event: “Coach Hoeppner and his staff have done an incredible job with the football program, and we need to get out and create a great home-field advantage. Fans often ask me what they can do to help the basketball program, and I tell them that they need to support the football program by attending games at The Rock. It not only helps basketball, but our entire program.”