IU fans camping out with 'Mario Kart'

Indiana fans are very excited about the start of the basketball season. This is not surprising. The Hoosiers are ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches' poll, likely to be ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason poll, and an early favorite to win the national title. With the possible exception of Lexington, Ky., Bloomington, Ind. is ground zero for the nation's hoops mirth. Those folks are jacked.

As such, some students took to the area outside Indiana's Assembly Hall to camp out in advance of Saturday night's Hoosier Hysteria event, a quasi-Midnight Madness, ring-in-the-new-season celebration set to commence at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. Usually, Hoosier Hysteria marks the first practice of the season, but was moved back until the second week because IU students were on fall break last week, and IU coach Tom Crean wanted to make sure students were on campus for the event. Smart move.

Also a smart move: Bringing a TV and a Super Nintendo to your Hoosier Hysteria campout. Why? So you can play "Mario Kart." Duh.

That's exactly what the purveyors of Indiana's student section Twitter account, @IUCrimsonGuard, tweeted at yours truly today:

It's impossible to quantify the win in that photo. It's astronomical. It's off the charts. It's Felix Baumgartner-esque.

Again, this event doesn't start until 7 p.m. Saturday night. Camping out 36 hours ahead of Midnight Madness is a power move on its own. But bringing Mario Kart along for the ride? These kids have bright futures.