Fans who stayed in their seats in Assembly Hall Tuesday night witnessed a thrilling finish, as Romeo Langford hit a game-winning layup to lift Indiana to a 75-73 upset win over No. 19 Wisconsin. Those who left early, Sage Steele has a bone to pick with you.
After the first overtime came to a conclusion, fans started heading to the exits, intolerant of the thought of another Indiana loss on its home floor. The tip was scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and the clock was approaching midnight on a weeknight.
Still, Steele — and Indiana University graduate and ESPN host — says there’s no excuse for fans leaving Assembly Hall early, especially in such a big-time situation.
“And now I’m seeing how many fans have left…what?!” Steele wrote on Twitter. “A struggling team on the verge of a big, much-needed win, in double OT…what’s going on at Assembly Hall?! I don’t care how much we’ve been struggling, you NEVER. LEAVE. EARLY. C’mon [Indiana basketball] fans. We’re better than that.”
..And now I’m seeing how many fans have left..what?! A struggling team on the verge of a big, much-needed win, in double OT..what’s going on at Assembly Hall?! I don’t care how much we’ve been struggling, you NEVER. LEAVE. EARLY. C’mon @IndianaMBB fans. We’re better than that. https://t.co/HSf9J7mSFk
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) February 27, 2019
Until Tuesday night’s win over the Badgers, the Hoosiers had won just one game in the last seven weeks, an upset road win over Michigan State. Entering the game, Indiana was one game below .500.
But good or bad, Steele says there’s never an excuse to leave an Indiana basketball game early. Those who did missed out on a great finish.