In Indiana, basketball is like a religion. There’s even a word for the enthusiasm that surrounds the sport in the state: Hoosier Hysteria.
Basketball made its way to the Crawfordsville YMCA in the Hoosier state in 1894. Here, the passion for the sport was ignited forever. Basketball was invented three years prior on the East Coast, but Montgomery County in Indiana is known as the “Cradle of Basketball.” Even the pioneer of the sport himself, James Naismith, stated that Indiana is the true “center” of the sport, a truth that the state is certainly proud of to this day.