The 1987 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men’s NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 12, 1987, and ended with the championship game on March 30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. A total of 63 games were played.
Indiana, coached by Bob Knight, won the national title with a 74–73 victory in the final game over Syracuse, coached by Jim Boeheim. Keith Smart of Indiana, who hit the game-winner in the final seconds, and intercepted the full-court pass at the last second, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
The tournament also featured a “Cinderella team” in the Final Four, as Providence College, led by a then-unknown Rick Pitino, made their first Final Four appearance since 1973.
One year after reaching the Final Four as a #11 seed, LSU made another deep run as a #10 seed in the Midwest region. The Tigers ousted #2 seed Temple in the second round and #3 seed DePaul in the Sweet 16 before losing 77-76 to top-seeded Indiana in the Elite Eight.
The 1987 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was also the first tournament to use the three-point shot.
The 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament is a single-elimination tournament involving 48 teams to determine the champion of the 2012 NCAA Division I men’s soccer season. It was the 54th edition of the tournament. Indiana defeated Georgetown, 1–0, to win its 8th national title.
The Indiana Hoosiers have two fight songs – “Indiana, Our Indiana” and “Indiana Fight!” – along with an alma mater song, “Hail to Old IU”. Indiana’s most recognized fight song, “Indiana, Our Indiana”, was first performed by the IU Band in November 1912 at a football game against Northwestern. The song has since been played at every Indiana football and basketball game. Indiana’s popular fight song melody is “Indiana Fight!”, though the words are rarely sung at an Indiana sporting event. The crowd usually just sings “GO! IU! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Indiana, we’re all for you!” at the end of the song. Indiana’s official Alma Mater song, “Hail to Old IU” was first performed on March 10, 1893 in Indianapolis. J.T. Giles, who organized the IU glee club wrote the words to a Scottish song in order to give the Hoosiers a school song for a performance at a state contest. The song has been a mainstay at Indiana events since that day. An additional school song, “Chimes of Indiana,” was written by alumnus Hoagy Carmichael (Class of 1925-law degree 1926), and was presented to the university in 1937 as a gift from the class of 1935.
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Indiana University Bloomington
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1907 – 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
1899 – Present / Big 10
Hoosier – Anyone born in Indiana or a resident at the time is considered to be a Hoosier. Indiana adopted the nickname “The Hoosier State” more than 150 years ago. “Hoosier” is used in the names of numerous Indiana-based businesses and organizations.
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