Indiana’s opening practice to air live on ESPNU

  • 09/24/2012 11:20 am in

Hoosier Hysteria won’t take place on the opening day of practice next month, but Indiana fans will still have the opportunity to watch their team as the season tips off.

ESPN announced today that Indiana’s first practice will air live on ESPNU on Friday, Oct. 12 at 5:00 p.m. (Note: The practice will not be open for the public to attend.)

According to the official IU basketball twitter account, Tom Crean will wear a wireless microphone during the practice to give fans a rare look inside the program.

Here are the details, via the World Wide Leader’s press release:

For the seventh year, ESPNU will tip off the nation’s college basketball season with more than four hours of Midnight Madness coverage on Friday, Oct. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. ET. This year’s programming will once again include both the men’s and women’s defending NCAA National Champions and eight teams in senior writer Andy Katz’s Preseason Top 25.

The night begins with an in-depth look at what Katz put as the No.1 team in his super-early rankings last April, with ESPNU Midnight Madness: Indiana Practice at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. For the first time, the network will air a Hoosiers’ practice live and in full with commentary from college basketball analysts Jay Williams and Dan Dakich.

ESPN3 will continue complete live coverage of seven school sites throughout the evening. ESPNU studio will provide fans with a “whip-around” look at highlighted teams coast-to-coast from 9 p.m. to midnight. The madness coverage will extend into its final hour on ESPNU’s nightly entertainment show, UNITE, with its inaugural Midnight Madness Special.

ESPNU Midnight Madness 2012 highlights:

  • In-studio coverage and analysis provided by ESPNU host Dari Nowkhah and college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose, Katz, as well as contributions from Dick Vitale.
  • On-site commentators will provide coverage of various elements including scrimmages, player introductions, skill and dunk contests, team skits, head coach and player interviews, along with season previews. ESPN analysts on-site: Stephen Bardo, Doris Burke, Jimmy Dykes, Sean Farnham, Fran Fraschilla, Len Elmore, Miles Simon, Tim Welsh and more.
  • No.4 Kentucky, No.6 NC State, No.14 Syracuse, No.11 North Carolina, No. 25 Missouri, Pitt and FSU will all be featured live and in their entirety on ESPN3 with additional highlights and analysis on ESPNU throughout the evening
  • In addition to the teams below, Katz will conduct interviews with various top teams’ head coaches throughout the evening. Below, Katz on what to expect from the  ESPNU Midnight Madness: Indiana Practice

“The remarkable turnaround for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers is now complete. IU is a favorite to be in the Final Four, win the Big Ten and have the player of the year in Cody Zeller. The pressure is immense but this team and staff have embraced the challenge.’’

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  • SCHoosier

    Great idea from whomever came up with it. Great for recruiting..general exposure..but makes that target on the Hoosiers back even bigger. Wonder how TC will change/alter what’s planned for a normal first practice based on the ESPN coverage. Can’t wait.

  • This is great news. I was disappointed that our “Hoosier Hysteria” obviously wasn’t going to be featured on ESPN’s Midnight Madness Special this year.

  • This is great. It looks like IU’s practice will be the only one shown in full, based on the times listed.

  • Will be excellent for recruiting. For kids to be able to see what an intense practice this staff runs and how they work on many parts of their games will be great. And to kick it all off with the WHOLE PRACTICE being covered by ESPNU is great. UK’s whole practice is stuck on ESPN3. Plus with it being on the U we get to see the cool IU ESPNU logo with the candystripes!

  • WhatsUpKnight

    hope to see c-wat and hanner on the floor! any recent updates on their status?

  • WhatsUpKnight

    is this what the latest CTC tweet is referring to?…

    ‘Look for Outstanding Breaking News in the next few minutes@IndianaMBB regarding our program’

  • Arch_Puddington

    Now THIS is must-watch TV.

  • MillaRed

    Man I saw Danny Moore in this pic and I almost panicked.

  • MillaRed

    Ummmm, is it the announcement of this practice airing on ESPNU?


    lol….had kind of a oh crap moment myself.

  • Dagwoods

    Danny Moore understood what it meant to be a Hoosier and represented us well. He came when there was nothing to come to, I have no regrets that he was here.

  • Will there be video of HH on the 20th? Getting too old to fight the crowd that is sure to attend, but would love to see it.

  • HoosierD

    I like the idea of just the coaches and players. Gives the feeling of the team really getting after it from day 1. Plus, recruits get to see how they will potentially be coached up and won’t have the extra fanfare in the background to distract from that… think it’s a great idea.

  • MillaRed

    Good grief. It’s a joke man. Thanks for making me look like a Danny Moore hater. Sheesh. Some peeps on here are always assuming the worst. Relax.

  • Devout Hoosier

    And this is why you don’t move Hoosier Hysteria. We’re getting the national press without the noisy and crazy fans. This could be such a great recruiting tool and IU showcase if the fans were there.
    I’m really hoping for a successful practice that will be an awesome display of Indiana Basketball and I think Crean will do that, I just wish I could attend.

  • Dagwoods

    I knew it was a joke, just had to throw in appreciation for players so that jokes aren’t taken in a wrong way.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    I’m glad because this means they’ll just have a good hard practice instead of a bunch of skits and Raftery ramblings.

  • DarkSouth

    Best of both worlds:
    + We get all the same national attention as 8 or so other schools but in a unique way that sets us apart.
    + We have HH on a day that will likely make IU the only “news” in college basketball as everyone else has already done theirs. So we’ll probably get a spotlight there as well.

  • Andrew

    Wouldn’t worry about that. Prob will be at Cook Hall anyway.

  • Pritch24

    Have to assume ESPN3 too. They put all the other ones up there.

  • Pritch24

    Have to assume ESPN3 too. They put all the other ones up there.

  • HoosierPat

    I will definitely be tuning in to watch this.

  • marcusgresham

    I only wish the people in charge of Lucas Oil & whatever the hell they’re calling Conseco these days would take up for the home-state guys and say, “sorry, John. If Assembly Hall isn’t good enough for you to play in, then I don’t think anywhere else in Indiana is, either,” and nix any Kentucky games that might be scheduled there. Won’t happen, though, because they won’t turn away the money.

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