Chris Braswell picks Charlotte; Crean speaks to IU students

– Chris Braswell, teammate of Maurice Creek at Hargrave Military Academy, made a visit to Charlotte last weekend and committed to the 49ers on Monday afternoon. Although Braswell did hold an offer from IU, the scholarship situation after Bawa Maniru’s commitment drastically hampered IU’s shot of landing him.

– Tom Crean spoke to the Indiana students yesterday and both Zach Osterman and Matt Dollinger of The Indiana Daily Student were there to recap the festivities. According to Dollinger, one of the common themes during the Q & A portion with Crean was the possibility of a revamped student section in Assembly Hall:

After discussing the student section for awhile, Crean told a story about how at Marquette he helped unify the student section and all of the students eventually wore gold shirts or gold sweater vests. When he asked the audience if they would like the student section to be unified the crowd erupted.

“I would like that too. Is that something you all would like to do? Wear the same t-shirt or something like that? Well then, that’s something that has to be looked at,” he said.

“Give me time. Give me time to look at that. And we’ll go from there. We have to pack Hoosier Hysteria first, no matter if we have shirts on or not.”

I think we all agree that the student seating at Assembly Hall is not ideal, but is it really as bad as some make it out to be? I’ve been to plenty of games at the Hall and it’s one of the best experiences in the country hands down. It’ll be interesting to see how Crean gets involved in the discussions about student seating and ultimately, if any changes are made to the current situation.

  • hoosier07

    first 15 rows all the way around the lower single letter sections, and both “end-zones” behind the baskets — General Admission (first come first serve) on the seats — id like to see ESPN/CBS/BTN out there taping kids camping outside assembly hall waiting to get in for our biggest games every year …

    now that would be too perfect

  • hoosier07

    first 15 rows all the way around the lower single letter sections, and both “end-zones” behind the baskets — General Admission (first come first serve) on the seats — id like to see ESPN/CBS/BTN out there taping kids camping outside assembly hall waiting to get in for our biggest games every year …

    now that would be too perfect

  • indianahouse

    I have to agree that the current student seating situation is not as bad as some make it seem. Assembly Hall goes off for the Hoosiers! However, putting students back in both 'end-zones' would be a good start.

    I'm not completely sold on an all out student section. Last thing I would want to see are IU students wearing 'crimson crazies' t-shirts, pogoeing up and down and camping outside Assembly Hall like a bunch of freakin' Duke dorks!

  • indianahouse

    I have to agree that the current student seating situation is not as bad as some make it seem. Assembly Hall goes off for the Hoosiers! However, putting students back in both 'end-zones' would be a good start.

    I'm not completely sold on an all out student section. Last thing I would want to see are IU students wearing 'crimson crazies' t-shirts, pogoeing up and down and camping outside Assembly Hall like a bunch of freakin' Duke dorks!

  • jgongora86

    I used to think that IU seating was awful, until I went to UNC for grad school. UNC is sad, the student seating is far away from the action because the alumni get priority. They have limited riser seats were your next to the basket, but it's not stadium seating and sometimes it's difficult to see the action.

  • jgongora86

    I used to think that IU seating was awful, until I went to UNC for grad school. UNC is sad, the student seating is far away from the action because the alumni get priority. They have limited riser seats were your next to the basket, but it's not stadium seating and sometimes it's difficult to see the action.

  • flahoosier

    I'm sorry but as a fomer student, the student section is beyond bad, it sucks. They way they are spread out does not make for the best atmosphere. The stadium would be 3x as loud and give IU 3x the advantage if students were all together. It isn't as much fun when you are 18-21 and sitting around people 40yrs old and up. I say you give the students both ends and then you can put them on the side where the benches are. That way you can keep the alumni near the floor on the other side, but get the benefit of crazy students yelling at the benches during a timeout. Its a good atmosphere now, it would be a top 10 atmosphere if the student section was better

  • cooper

    I'm sorry but as a fomer student, the student section is beyond bad, it sucks. They way they are spread out does not make for the best atmosphere. The stadium would be 3x as loud and give IU 3x the advantage if students were all together. It isn't as much fun when you are 18-21 and sitting around people 40yrs old and up. I say you give the students both ends and then you can put them on the side where the benches are. That way you can keep the alumni near the floor on the other side, but get the benefit of crazy students yelling at the benches during a timeout. Its a good atmosphere now, it would be a top 10 atmosphere if the student section was better

  • BobbyDigital

    I think its easily already a top 10 atmosphere.

  • BobbyDigital

    I think its easily already a top 10 atmosphere.

  • hoosierfan27

    u beat me to the reply. it is easily a top 5 atmosphere in college basketball

  • hoosierfan27

    u beat me to the reply. it is easily a top 5 atmosphere in college basketball

  • hoosier07

    historically, definitely. noise/cheering wise, definitely not.

    as a recent graduate, i agree that we need some changes as to where the students sit — about 50% of each student's tickets put them in the balcony, which usually just meant i had to trade or buy a lower level ticket. cheering from the balcony creates noise, but not the kind of environment we're talking about here (picture the cameron crazies at duke virtually cheering courtside)…

  • hoosier07

    historically, definitely. noise/cheering wise, definitely not.

    as a recent graduate, i agree that we need some changes as to where the students sit — about 50% of each student's tickets put them in the balcony, which usually just meant i had to trade or buy a lower level ticket. cheering from the balcony creates noise, but not the kind of environment we're talking about here (picture the cameron crazies at duke virtually cheering courtside)…

  • ricbraun

    I thnk Crean made a very very good point about students showing up on time to games. As a student I would get very angry when the seats the students are given are only half full at game time. All the students, for the most part at least, should be in their seats 30 minutes before tip-off and start cheering immediately. It creates such an intimidation factor for the opposing when the arena is full during team warmups, and conversely it helps the home team get amped up even more. And if everyone would get in the habit of wearing the same colored shirts and stuff like that it would make the environment way better even though it is already top-notch.

  • ricbraun

    I thnk Crean made a very very good point about students showing up on time to games. As a student I would get very angry when the seats the students are given are only half full at game time. All the students, for the most part at least, should be in their seats 30 minutes before tip-off and start cheering immediately. It creates such an intimidation factor for the opposing when the arena is full during team warmups, and conversely it helps the home team get amped up even more. And if everyone would get in the habit of wearing the same colored shirts and stuff like that it would make the environment way better even though it is already top-notch.

  • Sallad

    The problem with first-come first-serve is that you'll have the same situation there is at football games. While you may have camped out to get good seats, five minutes before the game starts, some inebriated a-holes will believe they're entitled to those seats and push and shove until they get in.

  • Sallad

    The problem with first-come first-serve is that you'll have the same situation there is at football games. While you may have camped out to get good seats, five minutes before the game starts, some inebriated a-holes will believe they're entitled to those seats and push and shove until they get in.

  • Sallad

    The problem with first-come first-serve is that you'll have the same situation there is at football games. While you may have camped out to get good seats, five minutes before the game starts, some inebriated a-holes will believe they're entitled to those seats and push and shove until they get in.

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