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Hoosier Hysteria Around Indiana

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Indiana and basketball go hand-in-hand.  From small-town high schools to championship-winning college programs to the Indiana Pacers and the greatness of Halls of Fame in between, there’s so much to explore and learn about Indiana’s contribution to the great game of basketball.  Discover Indiana’s contribution to basketball history with a road trip around the state!

Day One

Start in Milan, IN with a visit to Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum. Home to the legendary 1954 Milan Indians team that inspired the classic movie “Hoosiers,” memorabilia of the most famous underdog story in basketball history is on display.  A large collection of movie props are also on display at the museum, allowing visitors to see a variety of basketball uniforms, cheerleading uniforms and costumes from some of your favorite characters.

Day Two

Continue your trip to New Castle and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Before you even walk in you admire the all brick walkway engraved with the names of players and coaches who’ve had an impact on Indiana’s favorite game. Step inside and explore special sections honoring Hoosier legends like Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, John Wooden and many more. Travel to your favorite Indiana college, whether you cheer on the Hoosiers, inclined to yell “Boiler Up!”, or love the Fighting Irish, take a facility tour at their basketball arena and take pleasure in a collegiate experience. End your road trip in the state’s capital with a visit to the historical Hinkle Fieldhouse, where basketball history, nostalgia and splendor all fill the home of “Hoosier Hysteria”. Hinkle Fieldhouse is not only notable for its imprint on college basketball, but also for the architecture and engineering of the 1920s built national historic landmark, museum and active building. Go on to celebrate the student-athlete at the NCAA Hall of Champions where you can participate in trivia challenges and hands on virtual exhibits.