WASHINGTON, D.C. (WISH) - It was 1987 when the Hoosiers last won the NCAA championship title.
Now, many Hoosier fans, including some well-known names, say they don't want to miss any of the lead up this time.
"I'm like anybody else, I'm walking in here in awe, it's exciting to be a part of it," Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "A lot of these players, I've seen them practice over the years and kind of been around for the last four years, so it's just a great experience to be a part of."
Harbaugh is Indiana University head coach Tom Crean's brother-in-law.
"If you traveled to Washington or even if you're sitting on your couch in Indiana, it's just a great time of year," Coach Crean's wife, Joanie, said. "We're just thrilled to stil be in it, and it's an incredible group of young men."
24-Hour News 8 also talked to star player Christian Watford's father, Ernest, at the practice
The senior Watford said he has not missed one of his son's college games.
For four years, Ernest has made the drive from his home in Birmingham, Ala., to watch his superstar son play.
He said, over the years, he's been to Assembly Hall roughly 120 times, and he's put more than 100,000 miles on his car following the Hoosiers.
"He made a commitment for four years, and his parents made the same commitment," Ernest said. "We're committed to Christian, Indiana and this team, and we haven't backed off it one iota."
A few hundred fans turned out for Wednesday's open practice and stayed for autographs afterwards.