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Growing up an Indiana Hoosiers fan, I had the pleasure of watching Bob Knight’s perennially-good teams grace basketball courts across the country. When Kelvin Sampson single-handedly destroyed the program in 2008, fans were hard-pressed to have an optimistic outlook, let alone any kind of reasonable timetable for when the program would start to look up.

After last night’s victory against the nation’s #1 team, Tom Crean has done what was once viewed as impossible: he’s given an entire fan base hope and intangible evidence of solid improvement.

Tom Crean during Indiana's game vs. the Kentucky Wildcats.

Unfortunately, there really aren’t many IU fans in this area (Cincinnati), but this was indeed a ‘shared joy‘  — three of us nearly brought down the entire house with our unbridled and ecstatic reaction to the game-winning three-pointer put up by Christian Watford.

Post-game court-storming at Assembly Hall.

This was a game that had the potential to be overshadowed by the idiocy of both Xavier University and the University of Cincinnatiin the game prior to the Hoosiers’. Conversely, this game resonated with me long after the final buzzer, and continues to do so today. Because, after everything the Indiana Hoosiers basketball program has been through, it feels so great to finally see IU’s storied program — once stained by Kelvin Sampson — on the up and up. There is a genuine happiness I’ve felt following Indiana’s big win

Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo celebrate IU's victory.

Fans of the Wildcats will ‘forget about this by March — if not sooner‘, but Indiana Basketball, its program, and its fans will remember this win forever. The win that righted the program. There’s still a long way to go, but we’ve got hope. And youth. And so many fantastic things and so many more big wins to come.

[Photos courtesy of iuhoosiers.com]

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