IU fans show support ahead of big game against top-ranked Michigan

Thousands fill Assembly Hall to show Hoosier pride

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - ESPN brought their College Gameday to Bloomington Saturday morning and the wintry morning did not stop thousands of fans from turning out to support the Hoosiers.

Fans answered ESPN’s early morning wake-up call and filled Assembly Hall with their candy-striped pants and carefully planned signs.

“Indiana fans are the best. Everybody grows up with the game in Indiana, so everybody brings a different passion to it that you don’t see in other places,” said IU fan Patrick Norris.

The players and Coach Tom Crean were in attendance and had a chance to soak in the scene.

Crean played games and gave interviews.

“Oh I think the atmosphere is incredible. I mean, I’m not surprised, but now you look at the coldest day of the year thus far and have so many people lined up at 6 a.m. to get in,” Crean said.

Many fans were hoping to sneak a picture with analyst and former Pacer Jalen Rose.

Rose played for Michigan in the early 1990s, but he remembered losing at Assembly Hall.

“Well their team was pretty good. I mean last time I checked, Calbert Cheaney is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer and Bobby Knight is a terrific coach and I have no regrets. We were 0 and 3 coming into this building. They have got a great fan base, they are a very hostile environment,” Rose said.

Although Rose called the game for Michigan, Indiana fans didn’t let that stop them from showing their support for their Hoosiers.

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