Referees have been indispensable to the history of Indiana basketball, although their contributions are far less storied than those of the players and coaches.
And when station owners went looking for popular programming that would draw fans and encourage advertisers, they discovered that one sure bet was basketball.
1977 was a year of excitement for men’s basketball at the University of Evansville. But on December 13, the season of new beginnings came to a tragic end.
Wooden’s legacy rests on ten national championships over twelve years, including 88 consecutive wins from 1971-74, a streak as yet unchallenged in the NCAA.
From the Crispus Attacks Tigers to the Milan miracle, the annals of Indiana high school basketball provide an endless source of inspiration and emotion. One chapter in Hoosier hoops history has also been a source of whimsy, not to mention logistical and legal confusion.
It was invented in Massachussetts in 1891, but basketball's inventor claimed the game, "really had its origin in Indiana." And so began Hoosier Hysteria.