There were few (if any) bright spots for the Indiana Hoosiers during their first round matchup against Saint Mary’s on Thursday afternoon.
But one moment that had nothing to do with basketball stood out to Hoosiers fans.
When a ball got stuck behind the backboard early in the second period of the game, refs and players were unable to get up there to retrieve it. But when the Indiana cheerleading team got on the floor, they were able to propell one cheerleader high enough to get the ball with ease.
This Indiana cheerleader is a legend for this 😭 pic.twitter.com/qP3X5ZHBex
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 18, 2022
The Indiana cheerleader who retrieved the ball was even able to get some air time, thanks in large part because the actual product on the floor was so boring.
The interview of the day off the play of the day from the Indiana cheerleaders: https://t.co/A60SZMHSoi
— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) March 18, 2022
During the game, the Indiana cheerleader was trending all over the web.
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The ladder and stick couldn’t reach.
So they used an Indiana cheerleader to retrieve a stuck ball. pic.twitter.com/Xr4NcGk2A7
— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) March 18, 2022
That Indiana cheerleader has to be in One Shining Moment.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 18, 2022
INDIANA CHEERLEADERS ONE SHINING MOMENT
— Justin Lee (@ByJustinLee) March 18, 2022
— Tyler Roney (@TylerJRoney) March 18, 2022
That Indiana cheerleader grabbing the ball above the backboard might end up in one shining moment😂
— T3 Bracketology (@TBracketology) March 18, 2022
Indiana’s best player is a cheerleader.
— Deke (@NCAAB_Betting) March 18, 2022
Indiana cheerleader is guaranteed to land in One Shining Moment.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 18, 2022
Unfortunately for this Indiana cheerleader, her run of fame will likely come to an end now that the Hoosiers have been bounced from the March Madness bracket.
But like the masses are calling for on Twitter, perhaps she’ll get a nod from college basketball if she’s involved in the ever-popular “One Shining Moment” montage at the end of the tournament.
Either way, you have to know your team wasn’t very impressive if the only highlight comes from a cheerleader…