Being such an early start, the crowd trickled in, especially the students. Their sections never were filled up. We did witness one young man being attended to by EMS, then helped out; though the game was tight at the time, I don't think he was overcome by school spirit. I think he was probably overcome by Budwieser. His area of the bleachers had to be tidied up by Assembly Hall workers and let's just say nobody moved into his prime spot for the remainder of the game.
The Hoosiers hung with Minnesota for the entire game but could never get over the tipping point and take the lead. Their free-throw completion rate was abysmal. Not to blame it on the referrees, but some calls really seemed unfair.
The crowd seemed slightly subdued for the first part of the game, but when it got later in the 2nd half and it seemed as if the first Big Ten win were possible, the Hall came alive. That was fun.
We had a smooth ride there and back and free t-shirts, so it's all good. Maybe next year. (Updated 9 p.m.)