Basketball means more in Indiana

As the state prepares for a top-3 showdown, a moment to reflect on hoops here

Originally Published: January 31, 2013
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

Following the dump truck along Route 50 East in Indiana was a huge advantage. It offered an excuse to drive slowly over the curved and hilly two-lane road between Bedford and Seymour; to appreciate the changing leaf colors, and most important, to scour driveways and farms in search of a symbol of what basketball is and means in this part of the country.

For two days this past October, Indiana locals spun stories of idyllic childhoods, when basketball was ...

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