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Hoosier Hysteria: Why Does Indiana Love Basketball?

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Basketball is a cornerstone of culture of Indiana. If you need evidence, just look at the number of high school gyms in the state that seat over 7,000 fans. Among the 10 biggest high school gyms in the country, Indiana has nine.

Today we explore the deep roots behind Indiana’s love affair with basketball.

Produced by Maggie Gelon.


Seth Tackett
Chief Videographer, WTIU

Chandler Lighty
Executive Director, Indiana Archives and Records

Dale Ogden
Former Chief Curator of Cultural History, Indiana State Museum

Chris May
Executive Director, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

John Harrell