Amid all the smoke and music, Indiana put aside the excitement of a new basketball season to look back one more time at a year of achievement.
Indiana marked the unofficial beginning of the season Friday night by cheering a highlight video of its outright Big Ten title last season. Coach Tom Crean then unveiled a new Big Ten championship banner, commemorating the Hoosiers' 21st title overall.
Crean's first words to the crowd said it all.
''How's that banner look?'' said Crean, who then pivoted toward the south end of Assembly Hall where five national championship banners hang. ''We're working every day to make room for another over there. These banners, you don't buy them at Wal-Mart. You have to earn them. Everything that's ever happened at Indiana has been earned. We worked for five straight years to hang a banner. This is a hard-nosed, blue-collar program.''
At the latest installment of Hoosier Hysteria, Indiana's version of midnight madness, fans packed Assembly Hall's lower...