A fan favorite event is scheduled to return in 2021.
IU men’s and women’s basketball will host Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 2 according to a release by the school. The annual basketball kick-off celebration was cancelled in 2020.
IU Athletics said further details on the time and the activities of the day will be released as they become available. Depending on the scheduled times, the IU football game scheduled on the same day will be shown live in and around the facility, including on the giant scoreboard.
The event will feature both the men’s and women’s basketball programs and is free of charge. Fans are asked to donate a canned food item to benefit the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
Often a popular event for the programs to host recruiting targets, class of 2023 prospect Kaleb Glenn is planning to attend, with others likely to join him.
Hoosier Hysteria will be the first opportunity for IU fans to greet new head coach Mike Woodson in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
“I know our team and me personally can not wait to have the opportunity to be in front of the best fans in the country in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall,” said Woodson in the release. “I’m really looking forward to experiencing this. It will be a fantastic time and everyone is excited to interact with Hoosier Nation to celebrate the beginning of our season.”
IU women’s coach Teri Moren begins her eighth season on the Bloomington campus and returns All-Americans senior guard Grace Berger and junior forward Mackenzie Holmes along with seventh year senior guard Ali Patberg. That trio highlights a core group which includes all five starters from a team which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and finished with 20 wins for the sixth consecutive season.
“Not having the opportunity to see the wonderful Hoosier Nation fan base last season, we are all excited to introduce our 2021-22 squad at Hoosier Hysteria on October 2,” said Moren. “It will be a time to celebrate not only our program for the upcoming season, but a return of fans inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. We are excited about the return of college basketball and can’t wait to see everyone in Cream and Crimson again.”
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