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My most recent video on iusportcom.com. IU Men’s Tennis corrects their mistakes to get a victory in their second match of the day. Seniors Isade Juneau and Josh Mactaggart celebrate Senior Day with a 7-0 shut out against Vincennes. Freshman Sam Monette tells us what the win means to them as a team, especially heading into the Big Ten Tournament the upcoming weekend.

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Yes, there’s actually a reason for the skipping class and making bad decisions. I mean, it is college so most students don’t need one, but there is at least some motivation behind this crazy week.

Howdy Wilcox Jr. founded the the Little 500 cycling race in 1951 after the Indianapolis 500. Howdy’s father actually won the Indy 500 in 1919.

The Little 500, or just Little 5, consist of 200 laps around a quarter mile track. Between 4 riders, the teams race to complete 50 miles in the fastest time. There are only four rules:

  1. All riders must use the official Little 500 bike that is provided to them for that year. There can be no toe clips or grips, kick stands, water bottles, air pumps, untaped or unplugged handlebars, or any other add-on accessories.
  2. For the safety of all riders, hard helmets must be worn and buckled at all times, as well as biking gloves.
  3. Each team is required to complete 10 exchanges during the course of the race.
  4. At the 198th lap, all riders not on the lead lap will be asked to move to the back or exit the pack. This is done so that all teams in contention on their last 2 laps can make their attempt to win the race. Teams which do not comply with this rule are believed to be impeding the progress of another rider and will be given a 5- to 20-second penalty or even disqualification, depending on the severity of the violation.

The event has grown into a week long festivity you don’t want to miss. The women’s little 500 was added in 1988 and consists of only 100 laps, or 25 miles. Little 50, a running race, and other Alumni races have been added as well.

But with all that hard work and training, there comes a time for celebration. A lot of celebrating. Every year Bloomington hosts several concerts by some big names in mainstream music. The students and bars take in on themselves to host the rest of the celebrations.

Throughout the years, Little 500 has evolved from just the largest collegiate cycling races, to one of the largest collegiate events, period. It’s not just a day anymore. From the Sunday before to the Sunday after, saying “Little 5” refers to the entire week, not just race day.

I called in the college basketball professionals. Ben Fishman, writer for Hoosier Sports Nation and IU cheerleader, joins me for an interview about changes in IU and other NCAA basketball teams.

Photo courtesy of collegeslam.com

Photo courtesy of collegeslam.com

Even though IUBB’s journey to a 6th banner was cut short, senior Jordy Hulls still packs his bags for Atlanta.

Jordy was selected to compete in the 25th Annual Final Four 3-point Championship. The contest takes place in Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion and is made up of 24 of the best 3-point shooters and dunkers.

ESPN will air the contest at 7pm tonight.

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

IU’s Aulani Sinclair will also be in Atlanta competing in the women’s 3-point championship. Tune in to ESPN at 7:00 to cheer on the only hope the Hoosiers have left!

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Photo courtesy of facebook.com

Google is a powerful thing. Maybe too powerful. It can be hard to find just what you’re looking for. Sometimes there’s just TOO much going on. Want to keep up with the Hoosiers but you’re not sure where? Here’s some links to popular IU blogs and news sources for the past, present and future of IU Athletics.

Peegs, the official rivals.com site for just Indiana. Subscribe and get access to exclusive forums and information. (http://indiana.rivals.com/)

The Crimson Quarry. Sounds like it’d be just football, but you can find information and post your own views on most major sports at IU. You can even purchase tickets for upcoming events! (http://www.crimsonquarry.com/)

Hoosier Hype. The student led blog associated with the Indiana Student Daily. (http://www.idsnews.com/blogs/hoosierhype/)

Hoosier Sports Nation. It pretty much has it all. “A forum of the people, by the people, for the people.” A lot of student contribution and solid information. Follow them on twitter, too. (http://www.hoosiersportsnation.com/)

Indiana University Insider. Want something more “professional?” From the office of the Indy Star, this source is updated by hired journalists, not students. I’m not convinced that’s always better, but you might find less grammatical errors. (http://blogs.indystar.com/hoosiersinsider/)

Hoosier Hystoria. A fun flash back of what IU athletics used to be. Articles from the archives of the Bloomington Herald-Times. (http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/hoosiershq/historia/)

 

In his rivalry with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird created a name for himself and a reputation for the NBA.  The two were the spark for the explosion of the NBA as a business.

Photo courtesy of realclearsports.com

Photo courtesy of realclearsports.com

They put the drive in it, the competition.

We weren’t about stats, we were about winning. -Magic Johnson

Bird might not be a graduated IU alum, but the 24 days he toughed out here will forever make him a part of the conversation when it comes to Indiana Basketball.

The transition from a small town to a big university is a tough one, especially at only 17. Bird arrived at Indiana University and was gone just 24 days later. He was homesick, he says.

But what freshman isn’t completely hopeless and drunk less than a month into their college career?

Bird’s trip back home eventually led him to Indiana State University where he had much more success than his short time at IU.

He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1978 and played there for his entire professional career. Though the rule wasn’t actually used on him, the “Larry Bird Exception” was created in 1983 to protect athletes that had been with a team for several years.

The problem was that with salary caps teams didn’t have enough money to resign expensive, veteran athletes. The exception stated that teams were allowed to exceed the salary cap to resign athletes who had been with the same team for at least 3 years.

With the NFL draft approaching, there’s talk about making a “Larry Bird Exception” for the NFL as well.  Teams hate to see some of their most loved and renown players go, but they simply can’t pay for them to stay, especially when they are past their “superstar ability” peak.

It’s still only an idea, but I’ve seen some of my favorite players get released because of this so I’m definitely not opposed to teams stretching their already enormous budgets just a little more.
Larry Bird is still stretching, this time alongside Magic Johnson. Appearing in an AT&T commercial, the two, along with two other former NBA stars, extend their arms for high fives from Beck Bennett who has to do a little stretching himself to reach them.

A really, really big home.

Photo Courtesy of insidethehall.com

Photo Courtesy of insidethehall.com

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in writing about IU alum it’s that Indiana steals your heart and never gives it back.

Alan Henderson was born in West Virginia but he graduated from a high school just north of Indy. He was recruited by Bob Knight and played under him at IU from 1991-95.

In 1995, he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and played there for the majority of his professional career. Bouncing between teams for the prior three years, Henderson finished his season with the Philadelphia 76ers and retired in 2007.

His plans to dig his roots back into Indiana soil were taken to court in late 2012.

Henderson had blue prints drawn up for a mansion he wants to build in a neighborhood on the northern side of Indianapolis. His future neighbors are not pleased. They said the elaborate house, planned to take up 2 lots, will distract from the consistency and beauty of the historical neighborhood.

The courts overruled the neighbors’ complaints and gave Henderson the go ahead to begin construction.

Alan Henderson was only out of state for about 12 years and by the looks of it he’s already back for the long run. After all, there truly is no place like home.

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

Indiana’s own Assembly Hall is ranked 3rd in the nation for home court advantage and has consistently made the top 15, with several top 5 appearances, for attendance since it opened in 1971.

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve complained about the design. If you’re too high up on the main level you can’t see the big screen. If you’re too far in the corner you feel detached and left out.

But it sure is loud.

Assembly Hall was designed to have as many people sitting on the sides as possible for better viewing. No one wants those awkward corner seats where your eyes play tricks on you and you can never actually tell where the ball is.

Photo courtesy of redlinetickets.com

Photo courtesy of redlinetickets.com

With seats mainly on the sides, they had to be steep to make as much room for fans as possible. The balcony is up there, way up there.

Some complain balcony seats leave you out of the action, that they’re too far away. While for smaller games the crowd up there can seem, well, apathetic, the bird’s eye view is a nice change.

It’s cool to be able to see formations and plays that you don’t catch on floor level.

There wasn’t advertising in the hall until 2005. Bob Knight was among those trying to keep it out, he viewed Assembly Hall as a “sacred place” for athletes to play and students to come cheer on their team. He didn’t want that corrupted by advertising.

 

Over time the home of Indiana Basketball has indeed became sacred. Because behind the south basket hangs the 5 national championship banners along with numerous other awards and achievements.

Because this is the REAL Assembly Hall.

Photo by K. Lane

Photo by K. Lane

 

Tim and Kelsie debate if the Big Ten Champion celebration after the IU-OSU game was appropriate in light of a Hoosier loss.

Photo courtesy of USA Today via Yahoo

Photo courtesy of USA Today via Yahoo

Going Pro?

Posted: March 5, 2013 by MissLane8 in IU Mens Basketball
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Tim and Kelsie talk about the possibility of current IU basketball players going pro:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/5489802/going_pro?autoplay=1