#TheRoadToIndy starts in Omaha for the Indiana Hoosiers

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OMAHA, NE (March 18, 2015) –The road to the Final Four ends in Indianapolis, and for many teams they will tip-off far from their home arenas.

The Indiana Hoosiers play their opening game in Nebraska, NE– roughly 600 miles from Assembly Hall.

It was only fitting that FOX59 sent a crew along to capture the ‘Hoosier Hysteria’ along the way.

Many people associate Bloomington, In with the University. We made a stop in Bloomington, IL to see what locals think about their sister city in Indiana.

“We have a terrible basketball team and you guys have a good basketball team. We have had a lot of people fly into our airport by mistake, “said Mike Hill, owner of Maguires Bar.

“It’s apples and oranges man,” said Joe Whitaker, an employee at Maguires Bar.

Whitaker now lives in Bloomington, IL, but he spent years in Central Indiana. He says there’s no comparing the cities.

“Bloomington, Indiana has basketball and Bloomington, Illinois has Beer Nuts,” said Whitaker.

No, the Illinois town doesn’t have the same amount of pride in its two local college hoops teams, but they are known for something–Beer Nuts.

“It’s a salty sweet snack,” said Patti Penn, the retail supervisor for Beer Nuts.

It’s the famous bar snack that goes perfect with a cold drink and watching the Hoosiers this March.

“They go very well with sports and especially playoff games,” said Penn.

In Des Moines, IA we met a Hoosier alum who is making the trip to Omaha, NE on Friday.

“When I saw they were playing in Omaha, it was a no brainier. Of course I was going to go, it’s only two hours away,” said Kathy Amos.

The Hoosier living in ‘Hawkeye Country’ says she’s confident IU will come out with a win.

“We got this!” said Amos.  ​

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