However Hoosiers have a traditional love for high school basketball equalled only by Texans' love for high school football and Minnesotans' love for high school hockey. It is one of the state's cherished traditions.
Historically, Indiana had small towns, each with its own small school system. Because Indiana high schools had fewer students than most, basketball was a natural game, since it only required five starters and a few reserves. Even one or two great basketball players can make a high school team a powerhouse, and nearly every Indiana town dreams of such glory.