If you aren’t completely convinced of the diehard fandom that exists in Indiana’s student body, all you have to do is Google “Indiana song”. The name of the state, and the word song—that’s it. Substitute any state besides Indiana, and I can guarantee that the top search result will not be a rap song written by college students about their beloved basketball team.
Here, check it out:
And if you can’t handle all the cream and crimson, here is a version of the lyrics.
Big Ten, who’s your daddy? No really, Hoosier daddy?
Yeah, your schools coming up short, Bilbo Baggins
I know you wish you had it, but you ain’t though
We just crossed ya over, broke your ankles
The real Assembly Hall, no Illinois, about to explode
Biggest student section in the nation, bringing that racket like McEnroe
Got a Cuban with Mark Cuban, this just in:
Another top recruit committed, while you rotten like P-U!
Cause this is Indiana, yeah we do it big
Bossin’ on the Big Ten you know what it is
Cause this is I-U, U, U
This is I-U, U, U
English: Indiana Hoosiers logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We got banners on the wall
And this is how we ball
Talking about the Hoo-Hoo-siers
Talking about the Hoo-Hoo-siers
[Verse 2: Brice]
Unlike you other schools, we got history
Kinda like your girl does when she visits uh, me
Oh my I can’t see because the trophy case be shining
And my optometrist told me not to look
Cause I could go blind, even better I could taste it
Follow Tom Crean, he gon’ take us back to greatness
Face it, embrace it, like it’s 76
Them little Wolverines probably gonna hate this
[Verse 3: Daniel]
One banner, two banner, three banner, four
Five banner, sixth banner knockin’ on your door
Cause’ Indiana basketball is hustling on the floor
And running up the score (run, running up the score)
If you a B-town girl put your hands up
If you a B-town boy put your hands up
If you an alumni put your hands up
If you an Indiana Hoosier put your hands up
Now put your hands up, now put your hands up!
“Face it, embrace, it like it’s 76.” If no other line resonates, take note of the year 1976, the Indiana Hoosier’s most monumental season. In both the 1974-1975 and the 1975-1976 seasons, Indiana University won every regular season game, 37 consecutive Big Ten games, and two Big Ten Championships, making them Big Ten champions for four consecutive years. But they didn’t just win these Big Ten match-ups; they swept the court averaging 22-points more than every opponent during the 1974-75 season. In the particularly successful 1975-76 season, the Indiana Hoosiers [easily] claimed the NCAA championship over the University of Michigan Wolverines, with a final score of 86-68, rounding off a perfect season of all-victories. To this day, no other team has achieved such a remarkable season. This era of phenomenal basketball was guided by the controversial Bobby Knight, forever a legend in the name of college basketball.
After Knight left the Hoosiers for reasons deserving of their own blog post, his assistant coach Mike Davis became the interim. After an unimpressive run in the beginnings of the 21st century, the team somehow managed to overcome previous difficulties and wound up in Atlanta for the NCAA championship game. But to keep it short and simple, Maryland University came out with the win.
From then on, the town of Bloomington lost faith in Mike Davis, and soon he resigned, and the position was turned over to Kelvin Sampson. As history could have predicted, controversies shortened Sampson’s run with the Hoosiers.
In 2008, Tom Crean became the new head coach of Indiana University’s men’s basketball team, and when two star players left, the team fell into a deep lull. After facing the worst seasons of Hoosier history, Crean had seen everything but success when a long-time Hoosier fan and number one high school recruit signed on to bring back the glory days. Too bad Cody Zeller and I were born the same year otherwise I might have gotten to see the Hoosier Nation triumph from Assembly Hall as a Bloomington townie. Maybe then I could have joined in the chants “This is Indiana.” Without me though, at least the team still has 40,000 students and 35,000 townies to join in on the chorus.