The 1979 NCAA Tournament Championship Game between Bird and the Sycamores and Magic Johnson and his Michigan State Spartans was the first of one of the game’s great rivalries. Those two took their games to the Boston Celtics (Bird) and Los Angeles Lakers (Johnson) and literally put the NBA on their backs and made it into what it has become.
So even though the Hoosiers are the premier program in the basketball crazy state of Indiana, the Sycamores have made a huge contribution to the game.
Hulman Center opened in 1973 and holds over 10,000 Sycamores fans. So yes, Larry Bird played his college games there. When you go to the Hulman Center you will see a huge statue of Indiana’s favorite son.
The Sycamores have also been to the NIT four times in their history, two of those were when Bird played there. They have been to the CIT (2012) and the CBI (2010). The Sycamores have now been to the postseason four of the last six seasons with their trips to the NIT in 2013 and 2014.
So when the Sycamores take the court, they will be trying to get to the Big Dance for the fifth time and to the postseason for the fifth time in seven seasons.
A game at Hulman Center where the Sycamores play is a great place to take the family or friends for a college basketball experience. This season’s Sycamores home schedule will include games against IUPUI, Wyoming, Valparaiso, Illinois-Springfield, Ball State, Loyola-Chicago, Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Evansville, Missouri State, Drake, Southern Illinois, Wichita State, Bradley and more.
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