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Crean: 'Tell the Fire Marshal to stay home' Tuesday

Assembly Hall, the site of tomorrow night's ACC/Big Ten Challenge match-up between Maryland (4-2) and Indiana (3-3), seats 17,456 patrons at capacity. Second-year Indiana Coach Tom Crean knows all those seats will be full when Kentucky comes to Bloomington on Dec. 12, and he'd like it if the stands were packed Tuesday night, as well.

Following Indiana's 90-72 win over Northwestern State on Saturday, Crean told reporters he'd heard about the electric atmosphere in Assembly Hall in 2005 when Duke paid the Hoosiers a visit. Facing a favored Maryland squad, Crean believes a similar vibe would be highly beneficial for the home team.

"We need our fans to be at a fever pitch," Crean said. "I don't want there to be a seat left (available) when noon comes on Tuesday for that game with Maryland. We have got to get this crowd as great as it can possibly be, as nuts as it can possibly be. Tell the Fire Marshal to stay home that night. We will give him tickets right behind the bench. We will let him come, the police chief, too. We need them all in here, everybody in here, to make this place nuts."

Any Maryland fans heading out to Bloomington for the game tomorrow night? If so, shoot me an email at yandas@washpost.com. More to come later today after the media availability at Comcast Center.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 30, 2009; 11:05 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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