Originally posted on Inside the Hall  |  Last updated 10/8/12
For the first time since the awards banquet in late April at Assembly Hall, the media had an opportunity to talk to the Indiana basketball players at last Thursday’s media challenge. Many things were discussed throughout the day, but here are five takeaways from our first interaction with this year’s Hoosiers.1. Hoosiers not concerned with the hypeMuch has been made in the offseason about IU being ranked No. 1 to start this season, but the players did their best to downplay their preseason ranking. They called it an honor to receive so much respect, but said it hasn’t changed their mindset.“Preseason No. 1, I knew that was going to bring a lot of hype,” senior forward Derek Elston said, “but for us as a team, we still see ourselves as the team that was supposed to be rebuilding and didn’t have any respect at all. We still work out like we’re the team that everybody hates.”Still, though, it’s hard to ignore the difference in attention between this year’s team and last year’s team. Cody
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