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Date announced for Hoosier Hysteria



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Fans wait in line at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall prior to the doors opening for Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 21. Evan De Stefano Buy Photos

The IU men's and women's basketball programs have officially announced when they will kick off their 2018-19 seasons.

IU announced Tuesday that the Hoosiers' annual tip-off event, Hoosier Hysteria, will take place Saturday, Sept. 29. 

The event is designed to introduce fans to both the IU men's and women's basketball teams for the upcoming season with a night full of festivities such as player introductions, speeches from the coaches, a three-point contest, a dunk contest and a scrimmage for the men's team.

There will be plenty of hype surrounding both teams coming into Hoosier Hysteria this season. The men's team, led by second-year coach Archie Miller, finished just 16-15 last season, but brings in the No. 7 recruiting class in the country for 2018-19, headlined by top recruit Romeo Langford.

The Hoosiers will also bring back senior forward Juwan Morgan, who was named second team All-Big Ten last year after averaging 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds during the season.

Meanwhile, the women's team is coming off a historic season in which it won the WNIT Championship after winning 15 of its 17 final games of the year.

Fifth-year coach Teri Moren brings in a young squad led by sophomore guards Jaelynn Penn and Bendu Yeaney. Penn finished the 2017-18 with averages of 10.8 points and 4.9 rebounds, while being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.

This year's date of Sept. 29 also marks the same day as the IU football team's game at Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey. Last year, Hoosier Hysteria took place on the same day as IU's 17-9 loss at Michigan State. 

Admission is free for fans. An official starting time will be released at a later date.

Murphy Wheeler

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