Drew Neitzel sings praises of Assembly Hall

  • 09/06/2007 12:12 am in

aj_neitzel.jpgOver at Sports Illustrated today, Luke Winn threw down an interview he conducted with Michigan State’s Drew Neitzel. (I swear DN should have graduated two years ago. Seems like he’s been there forever.)

Within it, Neitzel talks about playing on the road in the Big Ten, namely at Assembly Hall:

It’s a tough conference to play on the road. Every place is unique, and sometimes it depends on what kind of a year a team is having. Illinois is tough. Indiana might be No. 1, though. It’s not just their student section; it’s their whole fan base. They love basketball. The arena [Assembly Hall] is huge. It’s like a theater — it goes up really high on both sides, and the sound seems to echo in there. It feels like the fans are right on top of you, and they get pretty loud.

I haven’t been to a lot of other Big Ten arenas, (only Illinois’ Assembly Hall and Northwestern’s um, high school gym) but I’d have to say Drew’s right: the other Assembly Hall is right up there with IU’s. With the Orange Krush student section literally on the court, the atmosphere can get rather raucous in there. I’d actually give the edge to the Illini on a few different facets, (namely student section and crowd continuity) but IU has more seats which should equate to more sound, no?

Let’s just call this a draw. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Illinois and Indiana fanbases, it’s that they like to agree, right?

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  • Zappatista

    C’mon PR, you could have at least found a pic of Drew IN Assembly Hall. I’m kidding (kind of) but still a good read as it nice to know that others feel energy when they come into town.

  • Zappatista

    C’mon PR, you could have at least found a pic of Drew IN Assembly Hall. I’m kidding (kind of) but still a good read as it nice to know that others feel energy when they come into town.

  • i’ve always hated neitzel. with a passion. but it’s nice to see him give us some props. although i hate our rivals, the big 10 should stick together. we can hate each other, and respect the efforts of each other at the same time. with the exception of OSU. i will never give them any respect. sorry.

  • i’ve always hated neitzel. with a passion. but it’s nice to see him give us some props. although i hate our rivals, the big 10 should stick together. we can hate each other, and respect the efforts of each other at the same time. with the exception of OSU. i will never give them any respect. sorry.

  • Big A

    Neitzel, to me, is one of those guys that you love if he’s on your team, but you can’t stand playing against him.

  • Big A

    Neitzel, to me, is one of those guys that you love if he’s on your team, but you can’t stand playing against him.

  • Newt

    Neitzel is a class act and so Izzo and Michigan State. They do it the right way..unilike dUI in Champaign…This year is the BAM farewell tour….later Brucey…

  • Newt

    Neitzel is a class act and so Izzo and Michigan State. They do it the right way..unilike dUI in Champaign…This year is the BAM farewell tour….later Brucey…

  • OnFire

    I would rank Indiana’s Assembly Hall above Illinois’ Assembly Hall. I’ve witnessed many great games in the hall and the atmosphere doesn’t get much more electric. Even in the balcony the roar of the crowd is deafening, but nothing compares to sitting close to the floor. I don’t think there is any other arena in the country where 17,000 fans are more passionate about basketball. Maybe during Davis’ final years Illinois had an edge on the Hoosiers, but there were still games where the crowd was so deafening you couldn’t even yell at the person next to you. Take for example Ewing Jr. tipping in Bracey’s missed free throw against Iowa to send the game to overtime, or Marco’s dunk against Duke to put the Hoosiers up at the seven minute mark. Also, at least take into account Knight’s time in Bloomington, and the turn around that Sampson gave to the Hoosier fans last season. This coming year will be one of the most electrifying seasons that Assembly Hall has seen in many years and will usher in the true return of Hoosier Hysteria.

  • OnFire

    I would rank Indiana’s Assembly Hall above Illinois’ Assembly Hall. I’ve witnessed many great games in the hall and the atmosphere doesn’t get much more electric. Even in the balcony the roar of the crowd is deafening, but nothing compares to sitting close to the floor. I don’t think there is any other arena in the country where 17,000 fans are more passionate about basketball. Maybe during Davis’ final years Illinois had an edge on the Hoosiers, but there were still games where the crowd was so deafening you couldn’t even yell at the person next to you. Take for example Ewing Jr. tipping in Bracey’s missed free throw against Iowa to send the game to overtime, or Marco’s dunk against Duke to put the Hoosiers up at the seven minute mark. Also, at least take into account Knight’s time in Bloomington, and the turn around that Sampson gave to the Hoosier fans last season. This coming year will be one of the most electrifying seasons that Assembly Hall has seen in many years and will usher in the true return of Hoosier Hysteria.

  • kelin

    I was at the IU v Duke game and you literally had to yell in someones ear to talk to them. The buzz that exist when you walk in is amazing and I have NEVER heard a louder arena than when Marco dunked to put IU up…..see for yourself on You tube, it will give you goose bumps.

  • kelin

    I was at the IU v Duke game and you literally had to yell in someones ear to talk to them. The buzz that exist when you walk in is amazing and I have NEVER heard a louder arena than when Marco dunked to put IU up…..see for yourself on You tube, it will give you goose bumps.

  • spartan fan

    he is hot

  • spartan fan

    he is hot

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    The guy could shoot, and always did pretty well in The Real Assembly Hall.