Division III dreams do come true in Indiana

With a roster of all Indiana natives and non-scholarship players, Division III Franklin College will make the short trip to Assembly Hall to play Indiana on Nov. 3.

The exhibition game -- the first for the Grizzlies against a modern Division I program -- is kind of a big deal for Franklin's players.

"Most of these kids grew up dreaming of playing in Assembly Hall, either as a Hoosier, or for a couple of them, as a Boilermaker playing against the Hoosiers," Franklin coach Kerry Prather said in a statement. "They are extremely excited to live that dream for one night."

The two teams will meet for the first time since the 1935-36 season, and it was Hoosiers coach Tom Crean who made it happen with Franklin, which is coming off an 8-17 season.

"I think the more you can involve institutions from the area during the exhibition season, the stronger it makes both programs," Crean said in a statement.

Said Prather: "We are very appreciative of Coach Crean's generous invitation, and I applaud the fact that he has gone out of his way since coming to Indiana to engage the local small colleges to this extent. He is a class act building a solid program, and I am confident he is the right man to return IU basketball to a level of perennial national success."