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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Hoosier Nation well represented in Dayton, Ohio, as IU begins NCAA tourney action

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March 19, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- When the Indiana University men's basketball team heads to Dayton, Ohio, this week to begin its pursuit of a sixth NCAA tournament title, its members will have the backing of a significant alumni base in Dayton and the Greater Cincinnati area.

More than 18,000 Hoosier alums currently reside in Dayton and Greater Cincinnati, which includes counties in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. They're being counted on to "show their stripes," along with Hoosiers who will make the 139-mile trip from Bloomington, Ind., to the University of Dayton Arena for IU's second-round tournament contest Friday, March 22, against the winner of Wednesday night's game between Long Island University Brooklyn and James Madison University.

IU has 2,109 alumni living in Dayton and 16,576 alumni living in Greater Cincinnati. They are among 570,000 living IU alums who represent the third-largest alumni base in the nation and will be able to follow their Hoosiers throughout the tournament at a special website,, hosted by the IU Alumni Association.

The website includes information about tournament travel packages, tournament gear, tickets, downloadable images for use in social media and alumni game watches around the nation. Additionally, local residents and visitors to Dayton will also be able to join fellow fans at Flanagan's Pub, which will serve as the headquarters for pregame pep rallies, game watches and the Big Red Warm-Up starting three hours before each IU tip-off.

While the basketball team looks to showcase the skills that earned it a No. 1 seed, Hoosier alums in Dayton and Greater Cincinnati continue to make considerable contributions within their communities. The roster of notable IU alumni in those areas includes:

These and other IU alumni continue to burnish the reputation of a university that once again saw several of its schools receive high marks from U.S. News and World Report in its recently released annual Best Graduate School rankings and boasts a strong tradition of both athletic and academic excellence. To this end, IU is the only university in the country to place two players on the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America basketball team this season. Sophomore Cody Zeller, of Washington, Ind., was named a First Team Academic All-American and senior Jordan Hulls, of Bloomington, Ind., was named a Third Team Academic All-American. They are the 10th and 11th players in program history to earn the honor and the first since Luke Recker received the distinction in 1999.

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