College basketball | Midwest Regional

Teams embrace atmosphere in Indy

2013-03-30T18:54:00Z 2013-03-30T21:54:04Z Teams embrace atmosphere in IndyBy Courtney Linehan, (219) 933-3367

INDIANAPOLIS | Freshman Marshall Plumlee walked onto the court set up inside Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday and took a deep breath.

"Ahh, the house that Jeff Saturday built," Plumlee, a native of Warsaw, said.

"No, Marshall," his big brother Mason corrected him with haste.

Marshall and Mason are not the only Elite Eight participants enjoying their time in Indianapolis. While playing in the football arena holds special meaning for the self-professed "huge" Colts fans, senior Seth Curry remembers it as the place where he watched his teammates win the 2010 NCAA championship during his redshirt year.

That's a good thing for the Blue Devils, since most of the arena has been red this weekend. Between a healthy serving of Indiana basketball fans happy to cheer on Kentucky's other rival, and thousands of Louisville faithful who made the less than two-hour drive to Indianapolis, there haven't been many fans cheering for Duke.

"I always feel comfortable when the fans come out and support us," Louisville guard Russ Smith said. "We need that; we need that energy. This is perfect. We earned it. We earned the location right."

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