The Hoosiers are in Town for a Big Basketball Game? That Reminds Me…
If you’ve seen our Jan./Feb. issue, you might’ve noticed our feature about a basketball game between Indiana and Penn State played 20 years ago next month. It’s a story I’ve long wanted to write, and I went with an oral-history format because I thought it could best be told through the voices of the people who were there. I was one of them—a sophomore with front-row seats across from the visitor’s bench. It remains the most memorable sporting event of my undergraduate career.
I had a blast putting the story together, talking to the coaches, players, fans, and even the mascot who were there that night—I hope to run a post later this week updating readers on where those guys ended up. Along with those interviews, I spent a lot of time over the past few months watching and re-watching the game. Part of me wonders, every time, if this might be the time the refs get it right.
If you remember the game, you know what I’m talking about. Regardless, I thought it was essential to share that footage—particularly the exhilarating, heartbreaking moments at the end of regulation. Below, in a roughly seven-minute clip, you’ll find most of the final minute of the second half. My apologies for the 15 seconds of nothing around the 3-minute mark; my video-editing skills are rudimentary at best.
Did I mention that a top-5 Indiana team visits Penn State Monday night? I’ll be there, rooting once again for the upset—and for the refs to keep their eyes open.
Ryan Jones, senior editor