Hoosier fans are confident their team will go all the way
BLOOMINGTON, IND. (WDRB) -- President Barack Obama has chosen them as one of four teams to make it in the Final Four in his bracket -- but he's not the only one. Indiana Hoosier fans say they believe their team is going to take the whole championship...again.
The Indiana University men's basketball team has five NCAA championship titles under its belt. Hoosier fans say they are hoping they have another trophy to add to their collection this year.
Many fans say they will be continuously chanting "Hoo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoosiers!" throughout the tournament.
"The culture of Bloomington just wraps around the Hoosiers," said IU alum Jeremy Deckard.
Deckard said the entire area of restaurants and bars around the campus is swamped around game time.
"It is the hotbed of basketball in Indiana," said Greg Rago, the owner of Nick's English Hut, a popular game-watching bar on Kirkwood right aside the campus.
Deckard and Rago agreed the college made the town.
"I mean, you've got a very small town if you take away the campus," said Deckard.
Many in the college town have ties to Indiana University through their favorite team.
"Everyone here is just a diehard Hoosier!" said IU Bloomington freshman Will Campbell.
Members of the Hoosier Nation say with three dozen NCAA tournament game appearances and nearly a half-dozen championship titles, they are confident.
"Hoosiers are going to go all the way this year," said Campbell. "They're going to win it."
Students and alum say they have their eye on the prize.
"This group deserves it," said student Matt Blazka. "Coach Crean has done a really good job. They have everything going for them. They're in a really good bracket. I just think it's going to work out really well for them."
Alum, students and locals say they plan to follow along as their team advances.
"I will watch as many games as I can, obviously around classes and stuff like that," said Campbell. "I have two apps on my phone, so I maybe will be watching them during class sometimes."
The Indiana University Alumni Association has many viewing parties scheduled throughout the state and there are some for the southern Indiana and Louisville area.
The Hoosiers will face the winner of Wednesday night's play-in game between the Long Island University Brooklyn Blackbirds and James Madison University Dukes on Wednesday.
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