Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford came to Indiana to hang banners.
They will always be viewed as something far greater in Bloomington: The Cornerstones.
Instead of fleeing from a program coming off a six-win season, which was reeling from NCAA-imposed sanctions and had become a laughingstock around the Big Ten and the country, this trio embraced the challenge and over the next four years fought the long, arduous journey to get back on top of the college basketball world.
So it seems fitting on a night the seniors will thank the fans for their support that the Hoosiers fans respond in kind as they celebrate their first Big Ten championship team in more than a decade.
''I love the fact that it was so hard for us in the beginning, not really getting anything, not only here, but with the league,'' Elston said. ''I felt like the league just didn't like us. They liked the fact that we were down. You look at videos of the past, and you see how bad it was and how everybod...