IU to host ‘virtual’ Hoosier Hysteria on Nov. 18

Report from Indy Star’s Zach Osterman:

IU will hold a virtual Hoosier Hysteria event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, in lieu of an in-person event.

The change, like so many, is prompted by social-distancing concerns related to COVID-19. It remains to be seen whether fans will be allowed into basketball games for the coming season in any number, though with the Big Ten barring anyone but family members from football games this fall, the potential for fans in seats for basketball games appears unlikely.

A news release announcing the event, distributed Thursday, said fans can watch this year’s Hoosier Hysteria on Facebook Live.

The release did not elaborate on details or a schedule of events for the virtual Hoosier Hysteria, which traditionally includes skills competitions, a dunk contest and a brief scrimmage. It did suggest the event would include only the men’s team. Typically, Hoosier Hysteria involves both the men’s and women’s programs.

Additionally, the release suggested fans donate to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Normally, IU encourages donations of canned goods to the food bank as a condition of admission into Hoosier Hysteria.

Indiana’s last nonconference game was also confirmed Thursday, when North Alabama included the Hoosiers on its newly released 2020-21 schedule. That game is scheduled for Dec. 13, according to North Alabama’s website. IU defeated the Lions 91-65 in a nonconference game last season.

Should the Crossroads Classic take place as planned — it is expected to be held Dec. 19, assuming no conflicts with conference schedules — Indiana’s seven-game nonconference slate is now full. The Hoosiers will open Nov. 25 against Tennessee Tech, play three games in the displaced Maui Invitational, held this year in Asheville, N.C., and travel to Florida State for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They are scheduled to play Butler in the current rotation of the Crossroads Classic, rounding out their nonconference schedule.

9 comments

  1. Thanks Jeremy,
    I figured as much.
    You and Zach are both excellent reporters and I truly appreciate your works.

  2. The NCAA considering holding the entire tourney at one site this year. Sounds like Indy could be the site. Exciting for downtown Indy IF attendance allowed. If only the Women’s tourney could be held here also. Hope the vaccines work because Indiana numbers are crazy. Reading that it may be April before us “common” people can participate.

  3. I was able to watch the womens portion wasnt able to find the mens portion, guess I will find it later on.

  4. Took me awhile to find the men’s streaming. My first time back on Facebook after 29 weeks. Loved the women’s family introduction . Question, with the extra year eligibility, would that include Ali Patberg? If so that may be some kind of record.

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