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Spartan Hysteria

by Nick Rush | Oct 26, 2016

It’s that time of the season again- COLLEGE BASKETBALL! This week we had PrimeTime at the PERC, which is where we introduce the men’s and women’s basketball teams here on campus. This is a great way for us to see who will be on the teams for the upcoming year.

PrimeTime was very hype. Everyone walked in to music blaring and people handing us raffle tickets to be entered to win free drawings. There were half-court shootings, a tricycle race which involved water bottle flipping, shooting a layup from the tricycle, and a shooting contest with players from both teams! So many great prizes were given out, too. There were multiple gift cards given out, including a $100 gift card! Along with those, small and squishy basketballs and MU shirts were thrown into the crowd at random times. Also during PrimeTime, we got to see interviews from the coaches and players. This was pretty entertaining because, as a first-year student, I got to learn some facts about the players who I don’t even know yet. I thought that touch added by the staff was a great idea because it was pretty funny.

The best part of it, for me anyway, was when the teams were announced onto the court. I liked hearing the walk-out songs chosen because it gives everyone in the crowd a small glimpse of each player’s personality. However, there was one little 15 second time period that was my favorite. A men’s basketball player ran out to center court when he named was announced and did a water bottle flip. The video shows how hype everyone got over something so small. But hey, those are always the best moments!! Here’s the video:

Everyone in Indiana this time of year always talks about Hoosier Hysteria for IU. Personally, I’m more excited about our Spartan Hysteria than the other one. We actually know our players and get to talk to them every day because of our small campus. It’s the personal connection we have with our players that make PrimeTime special for everyone. We all come together at one time to let our players know we back them and are excited for their season. Thanks to PrimeTime, I’m already really stoked for the MU basketball season.

Nick Rush ’20 is studying Sports Management and plans on minoring in another business area. He plays baseball for MU, and he plans on working in the sports industry after graduation.