Well, there were no touchdowns or fieldgoals to cheer about on Saturday in Indianapolis. WTIU sports reporter Dave Leno has more on the first basketball game played inside Lucas Oil Stadium. When fans cross the threshold here at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the anticipation rises for a Peyton Manning touchdown pass, a Marvin Harrison jaw-dropping catch or an Adam Viniteri game-winning fieldgoal. But on Saturday it was out with the spikes and in with the sneaks as an entirely different sport took center stage at the state-of-the-art facility.
Indiana and Gonzaga participated in the first match-up of the Hartford Hall of Fame Classic, a tournament that benefited the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Despite losing the hard-fought game to the number 5 ranked Bulldogs, IU coach Tom Crean admired the set-up at the Indy venue.
Tom Crean: “It is an amazing place and I thought the spirit was great. Mike Fox does an incredible job on running this place and for everybody that’s had an opportunity to put it together; you know Fred Glass, coming in with us, is a big part of this and certainly Mr. Polian with what he’s done. And all the other people, not to try to hold anybody off. It is world class.”