Indiana is always looking for a way to best Kentucky in college basketball.
On Friday, it happened again _off the court.
Hoosiers fans showed their “candy stripes” in mid-summer by scooping up more than 200 bobbleheads in less than 3½ hours _ the fastest sellout ever recorded for a college basketball team by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Kentucky held the previous mark at 3:31.
Museum founder and CEO Phil Sklar said 216 bobbleheads were made in the initial run for each school. Members of the museum can make their purchases before they go on sale to the public.
Indiana, which does not have a mascot, sold about six in presale purchases, Sklar said. Everything else went between 5:12 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. Eastern.
How does that compare with other schools?
Louisville and Villanova sold out of their initial run in a few days. Arizona and Kansas took a few months.
But Indiana was in such high demand, Sklar has already announced there will be a second run. Details will be announced at a later date with the order based on how many fans sign up early.
And it sets up yet another showdown between two of college basketball’s blue blood programs, which have combined for 13 national titles.
Sklar said 1,000 bobbleheads were ordered for Kentucky’s second run and some of those are still available.
The overall record for fastest sellout belongs to Kyle Schwarber, whose home-run bobblehead, went in 1:52. Schwarber played college baseball at Indiana, too.