Created on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 Written by MICHAEL MAROT,AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Five years after Tom Crean took over a program that had only two returning starters, he has Indiana two wins from reaching its first Final Four since 2002.
They face fourth-seeded Syracuse in Thursday's regional semifinals, and, of course, it has everyone talking. What else would you expect from a state that treats basketball like the king's sport and its stars like royalty?
This comeback story might be the grandest in Indiana's illustrious history.
Indiana won just 28 games in Crean's first three seasons, but the popularity of Indiana basketball never waned during those dark seasons. Instead, fans stuck by them, celebrated the turnaround last year and are now waiting one more weekend to break out the biggest party of all.