Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers-Spartans game tops FS1 viewing history

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The Indiana basketball game against Michigan State topped the FS1 network viewership as its most watched game in history.

Indiana basketball has been one of the most underrated and overlooked teams this season despite two of the biggest wins of the year against Florida State and Michigan State, but on Thursday it showed that the Hoosiers are on the upswing and deserve national recognition.

The Hoosiers took down No. 11 Michigan State in Assembly Hall after a terrific game from start to finish, 67-63. It was the third straight win for Indiana and Archie Miller over the Spartans, with the two last year coming during a Big Ten season in which IU lost 12 straight games.

Slotted at 8:30 pm ET, the game even started later at 8:42 being the official tip time, but that didn’t stop viewers from watching. Just a day after the game, it came out that the matchup was the most watched game in FS1 history.

With 811,000 viewers, it blew past the previous record, which happened to be another Big Ten game of Michigan and Iowa at 692,000 viewers, which happened just a day before the IU game.

A game that went down to the wire, and didn’t end until 11 PM, it is surprising that on a Thursday the two teams were able to draw that big of a viewership. One thing it does mean, is that Indiana is knocking on the door of starting to receive a lot of attention.

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Sitting at 15-4 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten, another huge opportunity sits in front of the Hoosiers as they host No. 17 Maryland on Sunday.