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Published November 12, 2012, 06:47 PM

Former NDSU head coach and Indiana player rooting for Bison against Hoosiers

Bloomington, IN (WDAY TV) - The Bison men's basketball team has a tall task tonight, taking on the No. 1 team in the country, Indiana.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Bloomington, IN (WDAY TV) - The Bison men's basketball team has a tall task tonight, taking on the No. 1 team in the country, Indiana.

You couldn't blame NDSU for being overwhelmed in the Hoosier state tonight. But the players don't have to go far to get a history lesson in Indiana basketball.

Erv Inniger led the 1967 Hoosiers to a Big-10 title.

Welcome to Indiana's hall of fame, which boasts some of the greatest athletes this country has ever produced. You'd think this would be the last place that would have an NDSU connection, but you'd be wrong.

Former Bison coach Erv Inniger played for the Hoosiers in the mid 60's and led them to a conference championship.

Erv Inniger, Former NDSU Head Coach: “You can get real emotional. it's been such a long time, that I had the opportunity, and to have some of your friends here to see some of the things you've done, it's very special for me. It seems like it was just yesterday, but it's been a long time after looking at these pictures.”

Inniger showed us where he spent his playing days, not at Assembly Hall, but at the old field house connected next door which reminds him of an old place he used to coach.

Inniger: “When the BSA was filled, remember when Amy's years, and I had some great years too, and when that place was full, it was magnificent. It was so hard for a team to come in and beat you in a setting like this. It's a big time home court advantage.”

Your loyalty divided tonight?

Inniger: “No. I told the Indiana people I'm cheering for the Bison tonight. I can cheer for you 28 or 29 times other when we play each other. I'm a loyal Bison fan. I love the Hoosiers. But I'm a loyal Bison fan, always will be.”

The roller coaster of emotions will continue for Inniger in tonight's game. Indiana will honor the former champion at Assembly Hall.

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