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Hoosier Hysteria – Basketball Hall of Fame

March is here and so it begins. Television dominated by basketball. Everything right now is centered around the rankings, the conference tournaments, the brackets. You get the picture.

This all reminded me of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum in New Castle.

I, not being a native Hoosier, had to be indoctrinated into the history of basketball in this great state. Yes, I saw Hoosiers and loved it and yes, I live only minutes from the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, but I never truly understood Indiana’s basketball roots until I visited the Hall of Fame.

My husband is all Hoosier (even down to owning a pair of candy striped overalls) and insisted we go visit the Hall of Fame and Museum on our way to watch a high school basketball game at the state’s largest gym (also located in New Castle) which seats 9,314. And thanks to him … now I understand.

The museum celebrates the heritage of basketball in this state with dedicated space to the greats John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and of course the 1954 Milan Indians. There are trophies, photos, memorabilia and my favorite – an interactive display which allows you to attempt to make a game winning shot!

In the spirit of the season, I encourage you to take a trip to New Castle and learn more about why in this state it is so much more than just a game.

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Written by : Living in Indianapolis since 2001, Carrie is no stranger to traveling throughout the state. She has worked at Conner Prairie and at the Indiana Office of Tourism. Now working for the Indiana Tourism Association and having a young daughter, Carrie has even more opportunities to take advantage of Indiana's many attractions. Carrie receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.