I had a few exchanges over the weekend whether Hilton Magic has returned, and much of the problem is in definition.
My definition is vague, but it surrounds this: Hilton Magic can push an otherwise over-matched Cyclone team to victory. The Magic is often crowd-driven by fans who believe they can have as much influence as they players on the court. When fans come in the door intending to go to work rather than just observe, crazy things happen.
Its really about mindset. Football fans in Lincoln and Iowa City probably have it to a degree. ISU fans have had it in the past. But recent results have created a justifiable "wait and see" attitude when going to games, reactive rather than proactive.
We are on the cusp of something memorable. Ghosts are being awakened.