INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana may not have gotten their preferred location in the Midwest regional here at Lucas Oil Stadium, but that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of Hoosiers to represent the state on the court this weekend.
Oregon, Louisville, Michigan State and Duke will make Indianapolis home this weekend, and each school has strong ties to Indiana.
Michigan State boasts three Hoosiers returning to their home state: HSE's Gary Harris, Gary native Branden Dawson and Fort Wayne native Russell Byrd.
Harris told 24-Hour News 8's Chris Widlic it's special to be able to come home and play in front of friends and family.
"It feels good, just to get this opportunity," said Harris. "You've got to cherish it and be thankful, because not everybody can come back and play in their hometown to go to the Final Four, so you've got to not take it for granted, be focused, and get ready to play."
Lawrence North's Stephan Van Treese returns to his hometown of Indianapolis for the overall Number 1 seed, Louisville.
"To be back home in Indiana where, basketball in general, is the main thing, everyone loves it, it's a religion here," said Van Treese. "To come through here with a chance to go to the Final Four is very special for me."
On Duke's squad, the Plumlee brothers, Mason and Marshall, return to Indiana. Their brother Miles also plays for the Pacers.
There's also plenty of coaching connections coming through Indy this weekend. Current Oregon assistant Kevin McKenna was the head coach of Indiana State for three seasons, while, Tom Izzo's right hand man, Dane Fife, played and coached for Indiana. Fife was also the head coach at IPFW.
And one of the city's current star coaches' journey began with Louisville's Rick Pitino. Pitino gave Pacers head coach Frank Vogel his very first basketball job when he was head coach at Kentucky.
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