Indiana breaks school’s attendance record for 2012-13 season

  • 08/14/2013 2:34 pm in

Indiana had an average attendance 17,412 in 19 home games last season, setting a school record that had stood since 2001-02. Assembly Hall’s seating capacity is 17,472.

The Hoosiers’ average attendance was the best in the Big Ten and ranked fifth nationally. It’s only the second time since 1985 that Indiana has ranked in the top five programs nationally in attendance.

“I continue to be overwhelmed by the spirit and generosity of so many who support our program every day,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a statement.  “Our season ticket holders are as loyal a group as you will find.

“You really had a sense early in the season that our players had forged a strong bond with our fans, young and old alike.  That was very evident starting with Hoosier Hysteria, the North Carolina game and all of the great battles we had during the Big Ten season.”

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  • HoosierTrav

    I’m glad to be talking about something positive. This program has came a long way from where we were after the Kelvin Sampson fiasco. I can remember going to my buddy’s house during our games to watch us play and there would be empty seats during B1G games.. Now I can’t get a ticket to watch us play against Stony Brook.

    We sometimes get way too critical of our program and our coach (myself included) when small things don’t go our way. Sometimes i need to step back after a De-committ/tough loss and realize that our program is heading in the right direction at a pretty good rate. We should all be thankful for Coach Crean bc if he left, we would feel the sting for a while. Here’s some perspective…. It took Coach Pitino 12 years to bring Louisville a championship and he didn’t have to do nearly the work that Coach Crean had to in selling the program after a catastrophe. He’s too good to not get one at Indiana. Sooner or later the Indiana kids will have grown up watching IU dominate and thats where the pride to play for us will kick in.

  • plane1972

    Well said, Trav.

  • BC

    I really love our fan base. One of the best in college basketball. After reading about the Atlanta Braves fan base and how they have become “numb to winning” according to the opinion of Stephen A Smith. I love how passionate this fan base still is over the years.

  • superhoops

    Nice to get that many fans. And I think the IU fan base is awesome. Showing up to watch us beat cupcakes is great support. Bad we played 19 games at home. 19 out of 31. Few more away games may have prepared us better for post season. We can’t take 17,000 fans on the road. Maybe we need more adversity during the season so when post season comes we are tough and ready.

  • hoosier1158

    IU would have done better than 5th if they had more seats.

  • Devout Hoosier

    There are plenty of tough B10 road games to prepare us for post play. I’m glad we have a lot of home games to go see.

  • hoosierq

    Atleast he can put people in seats. Because he will never put the sixth in the hall. All he’s done has put right back to mediocracy. Right where knight left off. His “coaching” against syracuse was pathetic!!!!!! This clown will never bring number six.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    You get my vote for the Best Post Award of 2013.

  • Yeah

    Well said

  • Southport65

    Coach is no Clown you are!! He may not be the best at X and O’S but he builds players up and it is fun to watch IU basketball again. I am sorry you are a unhappy fan. I suggest you go somewhere else because Coach is going to be at IU for a long time. He just won a Big Ten title the 1st one in 20 years that is not mediocracy. A hall of fame coach could not get it done any more and neither has anyone after Knight done it until this Coach did it with the BIG TEN the class of college basketball last year. We lost to Syracuse but we beat many top 10 teams and remember how poorly our players shot the the ball against Syracuse. Coach can’t wish them to shot well the players have to come thru and they did not and they all took responsibility for playing a bad game. Knight had plenty of bad games and he had teams in the 90’s who should have won it all and did not. He had 3 Championship teams in 29+ years and had none from 1987 to 2000. We need to give the Coach some time and he will get us more banners. Think of all the great Coaches and teams through out history who never won a NCAA Tourney but they loved basketball. You need to start loving the game again.

  • jmfriedman

    Go away troll. You clearly know nothing about college basketball and you just wasted 10 seconds of my life reading your stupidity…. thx

  • semohoosier

    Thank you! Another thing we as fans need to remember before we criticize coach is recruiting . If we have a highly regarded recruit that is looking for early playing time he may just look at our players and our development program and think if most of these guys play to there potential I’m may not get significant playing time until my second or third year.Let face it if the guys we have all buy into our development program its going to take a Dante Exum or Blackmon type of player both a long shot to get a lot of early playing time .Unless of course a number of players were to leave earlier than we thought. Just my thoughts.

  • Melvin Scemlin

    CTC brings gret energy, is a phenomenal recruiter, and gets the most out of his players. Unfortunately, for IU, this doesn’t always translate into the best coach. I realize this will be a unpopular post but I would take the coaching ability of Sampson anyway of week over CTC. His idiotic subbing cost us at least 3 of our losses last season and the game against Cuse was a disgrace. You don’t start 2 guys under 6 ft against a team full of giants when you have tall athletic guys riding the pine…..sheehey, Hollowell, perea, Elston, etc…I hope I’m wrong but this guy will never bring us a banner and Blackmon decomitting further cements that. Are we to blame a kid that wants to win? I hope Crean get his ego in check as that is the only way I see us being just a “tourney team.”

  • BC

    Wow, he has one good team. His first really since he has been here. And he didn’t bring home a championship. What kind of standard is that? Apply that standard to Self, Pitino, Calipari, Roy, Coach K, Donovon etc. see where those expectations get you. This isn’t a video game. It’s real life, and winning it all is extremely difficult. I hope you appreciate it if it does happen.

  • BC

    You wanted to play Perea and Hollowell against that defense? You saw what Hollowell did right? You saw what Cuse did to the other teams in the tournament right? Our best ball handlers were destroyed by them. Great plan there coach. If Calipari can win a championship, ego has nothing to do with winning it all.

  • Mark Coppock

    I’ll agree, except to say that Coach Knight would have won a 6th championship and gone undefeated in the Big Ten in 1992-93 if Alan Henderson hadn’t blown out both knees a little past midway through the Big Ten season. Even then, they finished 17-1 in the Big Ten and 31-4 overall, and would likely still have won the national championship if Brian Evans hadn’t broken the thumb on his shooting hand (they brought in a tight end from the football team to play forward, for God’s sake). Not to take anything away from Coach Crean–there’s a lot to like about him and one can’t argue that IU is once again a program to be proud of, for all of the right reasons–but it’s unfair to say that Coach Knight accomplished nothing after 1987. As much as I loved last year’s team, that 1992-93 squad was something special–with a healthy Henderson and Evans, maybe one of the best college teams to ever play the game. I don’t think there was a team last year that would have given them much of a challenge.

  • HoosierTrav

    Exum is the exception. He’d come in and start/star right away. But for the most part, you’re right.

  • HoosierTrav

    I’m sure he wont.

  • HoosierTrav

    Why do you use a few bad games to judge Coach Crean’s ability? I can name a few games in which he outcoached coaching greats. How does Blackmon decommitting cement that notion at all? Thats pure nonsense my friend. We will be just fine without Blackmon. He’s a great addition. NOT a program changer. You’ll see, as he is riding pine at UK. If he wanted to win, he could have stayed at IU….. And just so you’re aware….. Louisville started 2 guards that are listed at 6′ but in reality UNDER 6’….. That really hurt them come tourney time…… Oh and they beat the Syracuse Giants twice in a row and gave the game away the first time they played. Our players shot terribly and Zeller refused to shoot the midrange shot that was GIVEN to him all game long. The players still have to put the ball in the hole. They didnt. It wasnt Coach Crean’s fault.

  • HoosierTrav

    lol. I had a good laugh at that one too.

  • semohoosier

    I may have worded that wrong.The long shot part was how i felt our chances were of getting those two

  • plane1972

    I have no problem with dissenting opinion on Crean’s coaching ability, as long as your argument has merit, which is lacking in this post.

  • E’ville Hoosier Fan

    The only keeping IU from being number 1 is the outdated arena.

  • Ole Man

    You make it a bigger place (such as they did with the Dean Dome), you lose a lot of the home court advantage; a ton of “atmosphere”; and it becomes a “pretty place to watch basketball”, but will never match AH for watching a ballgame.

    The Hall almost “forces” you to be involved.

  • Ole Man

    Mostly agree; but you can’t say Zeller “refused” to shoot those shots.
    Also, Zeller should have played less at the elbow and a lot more down on the baseline. That’s the way to beat that zone.

  • hoosier1158

    I am pretty much agreeing with you however there was a significant difference in athletic ability at the two guard for IU and U of L. Russ was very quick and can drive to the basket. I do think IU would have been better to start Jordy at PG and Vic at SG and then of course Will at small forward. Yogi could still get plenty of playing time and Jordy could have played the two, a little.

  • hoosier1158

    Pretty harsh critism for the coach that returned IU from the brink of hell. Especially considering what talent CTC had when he 1st started. Now there have been times when i question some of the coaching decisions, but he isn’t a clown or pathetic.


    Make that at least three of us.


    The foul stench of troll permeates the air after this comment.

    What the hell did I do with my anti-troll spray ? I can never find it when I need it.