Hoosier Hysteria streaming details, Steele to serve as emcee

  • 10/20/2014 11:19 am in

Hoosier Hysteria, the annual tip-off to the Indiana basketball season, takes place this Saturday in Bloomington as Assembly Hall doors will open at 5 p.m. ET followed by the event at 6 p.m. ET.

If you’re unable to make it to Assembly Hall, the Big Ten Network will be providing digital coverage via its streaming service, BTN Plus.

According to Derek Reinglass, manager of communications at BTN, Hysteria streaming is scheduled to begin at 6:25 p.m. ET.

Fans can access the stream via a BTN Plus subscription, which is offered in two packages: school-specific or conference. The school-specific pass is $9.95 monthly or $79.95 annually and the conference pass is $14.95 monthly or $119.95 annually.

A subscription to BTN Plus is not included with a subscription to Big Ten Network.

Indiana’s two exhibition games — Thursday, Nov. 6 vs. Longwood and Monday, Nov. 10 vs. Indianapolis — will also be broadcast on BTN Plus as will the Dec. 22 regular season game against the University of New Orleans.

BTN Plus already has a page set up for Hysteria, which also has links to signing up for service in order to watch the event.

Sage Steele returns for second run as Hysteria emcee, other event details

ESPN host and Indiana graduate Sage Steele will host Hysteria, according to a press release issued Monday morning by Indiana media relations.

Steele, who currently serves as a host for NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC, was the emcee for Hoosier Hysteria in 2012 and is a 1995 graduate of Indiana with a degree in sports communications.

Here are a few other details for the event that were included in Indiana’s release on the event:

· The women’s team takes the floor for a workout from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Introductions and team activities will begin for them at 6 p.m. The men’s team will follow and are expected to have a three-point and dunk contest and a brief scrimmage.

· Parking is free in and around Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium and fans are encouraged to come early and tailgate.

· The Student Athletic Board will be sponsoring a 64-team 3-on-3 basketball tournament on the day of Hoosier Hysteria. The tournament will be played in the parking lot just South of Assembly Hall on official portable basketball courts. The tournament will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and last until roughly 3:30 p.m.. The championship game will be played at 5:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall.

· Admission is free but fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item and donate it to Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Generally, the event brings in 10-12,000 pounds of food.

· Beginning at 10 a.m., there will be a DJ near the 3-on-3 tournament. An outside edition of the Varsity Shop will be open around 1 p.m.

· The men’s team will sign autographs for an hour after the event on the Assembly Hall concourse. Fans may purchase the traditional IU men’s basketball calendars from the Varsity Shop or a free autograph card will be provided. Players will sign just one item per person.

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  • HoosierFan08

    Its a good thought…I just don’t buy it. See my response to ForeverIU a couple of comments down…just my opinion

  • HoosierFan08

    I’ve just never been to a pep rally where the players sing and dance and wear costumes. All of the pep rallies Ive been to have been about creating excitement and enthusiasm for a game, players and coaches talk about basketball, get excited about basketball, and encourage the fans to get excited about basketball, or whatever game the pep rally if for, but its always focused on the game itself, not the individual or group talents of the team as it relates to the arts…

  • OhioHoosier

    Yogi is going to show the young ones how it is done.

  • Alford Bailey

    I don’t think Guy was a bad loss. Not terribly impressed with Gordon either. I love the fact that we are recruiting Huntington Prep. Lets bring in Lyle at the semester, sign Bryant in the spring and ink the other kid (forgot his name) for 2016.

  • Alford Bailey


  • Alford Bailey

    What’s the latest on Eric? Will he be able to play high school ball this season?

  • CreamandCrimson

    You want Jaquan Lyle? Every analyst that I have seen write about him has said he has red flag academic issues. He wasn’t eligible for Oregon. I don’t know if the character/attitude issues are still around but those were big concerns during his initial recruitment. I have never met the kid so I certainly won’t say he’s a bad guy but I know a lot of schools cooled on him throughout the process and there have to be some issues there for that to happen.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I assume you mean Eron Gordon. As of now, he won’t be able to play this season. The IHSAA deemed his transfer from North Central to Cathedral to be strictly “basketball-related” and they ruled him ineligible for the season.

    I was rather surprised that he left North Central because Doug Mitchell and the Gordons have a lot of history. The Gordon family are claiming that the transfer was for academic reasons and I know they have appealed the decision but I don’t think he has much of a chance of suiting up for the Irish. There has been no news on his eligibility since August.

  • Brian Stewart


  • Brian Stewart

    Lyle isn’t coming to IU, and frankly I don’t want him. If he can’t get into Oregon he doesn’t belong at Indiana. We’re not that desperate, and Indiana needs to leave a spot open for Yogi’s future replacement.

  • Brian Stewart

    Amen to that!

  • VanPastorMan

    Notice I didn’t say I was an old fart. I said I was considered one by some. LoL. Remember how Bob used to treat Chuck Marlow especially after a loss. It was brutal.


    Chuck “Whipping Boy” Marlowe, that man took some serious abuse. Remember one time when Chuck had made an observation about something that had happened in a game and before he could get the thought completely out of his mouth Bob was bending over picking up a shoe box and proceeded to tell Chuck that he could fit everything he had ever known about bball in it and have plenty of room to spare. And then there is the unedited stuff on YouTube where he you find out that he treated him even worse than the part of the show that got aired.

  • MK

    “No recruit is walking away from this night with any significant change in their decision making process…”

    Right so seeing the support of a fanbase first hand for an event that isnt even a game won’t make a difference to a recruit? It isn’t the only thing, but clearly IU places some sort of importance on getting recruits there, and sometimes it is the little things in recruiting. I personally think this is an important recruiting event and would want as many recruits there as possible.

    With the exception of a silly dance, which you stated you don’t like, what about this isn’t a basketball event? Three point shooutout, dunk contest, first scrimmage for the fans. An event like this is important for the fanbase, the players, the program, recruiting or else they wouldn’t do it.

  • MK

    Yeah i mean you are just stating your opinion. Doubt you have talked to any recruits. It also isn’t a show, its a two second dance that clearly the players who are going to be playing their hearts out all season for fans like you and I think it fun. Not a horrible idea to reward them for a summer of hard work with something they want to do.

    Also, it just sounds like the dance is embarrassing to you for some reason. Something about the culture of the program that you don’t like. You are right though. The hour that the players take to put together this performance will probably make a 2-3 win loss difference this year.

  • MK

    Actually here is a better question…would the night be acceptable to you minus the dancing? which we dont even know if they do this year?

  • gohoosiers09

    question is have you talked to any recruits, which it doesnt really matter, i think you are getting way too upset over someones opinion

  • MK

    im not upset i just think your opinion of the event is odd and outdated

  • gohoosiers09

    haha outdated? im 23 i dont have the mind of a 70 year old fan, i get all the silly stuff…..im just not a fan

  • HoosierFan08

    You couldn’t have missed the point more than what you just did. Of course I haven’t talked to any recruits and I suppose I might be able to say the same for you. And, since we are being literal here, it lasts longer than 2 seconds. And let me correct you on something, there is nothing about dancing, singing, and wearing sun glasses that has anything to do with the culture of Indiana basketball. That has only been happening for a few short years now, and only because teams like Kentucky started it in the first place. So I guess you could say that doing this actually has nothing to do with the culture of our program but more to do with the culture of other programs that started it in the first place. And who said anything about a 2-3 win/loss difference?

  • HoosierFan08

    listen, you have completely missed the point…yes of course the night is acceptable to me with or without the dancing, I just think the focus should stay on basketball…I love Indiana Basketball, This dancing thing has been happening for like three years or something, it has nothing to do with our culture.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’d like to see a game of knockout from half court.

  • Hoosier Hall

    If Yogi doesn’t take it again, my money is on Priller.

  • Hoosier Hall

    They wanted Rob Johnson badly…

  • Alford Bailey

    Rumor is Crean has been talking with him. 5 star talent who can take over a game. I have faith that Crean could straighten him out.

  • Banner6

    Hate the B1G Network! And hate having to pay extra for bad commentary and poor camera work! Want to know one of the reasons why the B1G can’t win national championships anymore?(Which would bring more revenue than their Mickey Mouse network) Because they lose out on great recruits by making it difficult for recruits AND, more importantly, their families to watch games. Wish IU would leave Delaney’s directionless B1G! I remember the first year the B1G Network was available. I PAID to watch the IU bball games, but the network wasn’t even set up to with wide angle cameras to capture the court from the 10 second line to the baseline! So I basically had to watch 4-on 4 because I couldn’t see what was going on at the top of the key. #big10networksucks

  • Banner6

    Sorry yimyames but a “better than nothing” attitude from B1G fans is why the B1G has become a mediocre conference. Accepting this garbage as the best there is to offer with modern technology is simply settling. No offense to you personally. I’m sure alot of people feel the same way you do but as an alum and supporter I DEMAND and EXPECT more! I have an internet connection with over 50 mbps yet I still have trouble getting a clear picture and the latency is horrific.

  • I’d say you’re wrong with your last sentence. Troy Williams said a few years back that it was after Hysteria that he realized he wanted to come to IU.

  • So let me get this straight, having all but one game nationally televised has made it difficult for families of recruits to watch games? Yeah, makes perfect sense.

  • yimyames

    Don’t get me wrong, I think the service has sucked in the past. I’d be willing to bet though, that there are tons of schools in the NCAA that have exhibition games that are not available anywhere on TV or Internet.

  • MK

    got it

    RT @Iam_RawleAlkins: Villanova midnight madness on Friday and Indiana on Saturday let’s get it

  • Banner6

    Your personally directed sarcasm demonstrates a lack of maturity and professionalism. My earlier point is that the greed of the B1G Network and lack of leadership by Delany could be the eventual demise of the conference. Whether you believe it or not, the B1G Network can make it difficult for
    alums, parents and recruits to watch B1G games(Basketball or Football). Over time this may have a negative impact on the conference by limiting access to those who, for whatever reason, choose not to pay the additional subscription fees or live in an area that does not offer the B1G Network. Example: In 2009 and 2010 the majority of IU basketball games were only available via the B1G Network and many markets didn’t give viewers the option of subscribing via cable because it would appear that Mr. Delany’s network had no leverage with the cable providers outside B1G country. In those markets, some less than a 4 hour drive from Bloomington, alums and fans were forced to watch B1G games via bad internet streaming on a network that didn’t even invest in wide angle cameras for the viewer to see all 10 players in a half court camera shot. When a network can’t invest in the right equipment why would anyone give them their money, especially during the tough economic times of 2008/09? I’d rather read about the game the next day on your blog, the Herald-Times or Indy Star. Unfortunately, the B1G, under the 25 year leadership of Delany, is losing to other power conferences in the 2 sports that generate the most revenue for athletic depts, basketball and football. In my opinion, the B1G Network will continue to hinder viewer access while limiting conference exposure. The conference, under Delany’s leadership, has been irrelevant in football for over 2 decades and only has (2) men’s basketball national champions during his 25 year tenure. Compare that record in the same 25 years to the Big East and ACC with (8) each and the SEC with (6), the B1G has some work to do. But hey, if people want to drink the Kool-aid and believe the conference is going in the right direction then Delany’s your man! Just seems like a partnership with ESPN, similar to the SEC Network, would’ve made more sense for 3 reasons: 1) You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, 2) ESPN has more leverage with Comcast, Directv, Time Warner, etc., and 3) It would have eliminated the need to pick up a school like Rutgers that only waters down the conference. Maybe next year Delany will add that powerhouse Rice to get the Houston market! Or maybe he’ll finally move the B1G headquarters from Rosemont to his hometown of South Orange, NJ. I honestly enjoy your blog and the info you share, however I think personal smart##### remarks are unnecessary.

  • Guyton25

    I’ll be there, as I usually am every year, so I don’t care that I can’t watch it on BTN.. not like it’s ever televised anyways. I think it’s cool it’s being covered this year.

  • Aiken_Hoosier


  • Chris Wight

    I live right outside of Sacramento and for $5 extra per month I get an HD sports package that includes NFL Network, NBA TV, BTN Network and SEC Network just to name some.. I wouldn’t say it’s hard to gain access to the B1G at all unless you bring it upon yourself (perhaps by signing up with a local cable company instead of Xfinity or U-Verse, etc). I do agree that streaming the lower profile IU games and events usually does result in a pretty terrible overall production, but I can’t blame them. While the teams on the court are trying out new line-ups, rotations, etc, the BTN is testing the waters with new student employees and new techniques, so I definitely cut them slack on the quality of the production in that case. I should also add that I was an employee of the BTN Student U production crew and a videographer for IU Athletics until the end of this summer, so I saw what went into these productions first hand. I can tell you that IU is definitely committed to improving the overall quality of the media they produce for athletics, both online and in-house, (even before the renovation of AH was announced) but we will always have exhibition games with bad or sub-par coverage simply because there is such a small market that demands to see those particular games. For now, it is what it is.

  • Shawn Congo

    You’ve had limited pep rally experience then.