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Chasing Indiana's Game

The Hoosier Hardwood Project

by Chris Smith and Michael Keating

Foreword by Chris May

Published by: Indiana University Press

206 Pages, 10.00 x 10.50 x 0.00 in, 149 color illus., 17 b&w illus.

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253048158
  • Published: August 2020


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  • 9780253048189
  • Published: August 2020


Hoosiers have always loved basketball!

Long before Larry Bird carried Indiana State University to the 1979 NCAA National Championship or Bobby Knight walked the sidelines at Indiana University, basketball fostered community identity across the Hoosier state. From Indiana's tiniest towns to its biggest cities, high school basketball is a source of pride, unifying communities with different races, religions, and social and economic status.

First drawn simply to documenting the architecture of Indiana's high school buildings and basketball courts, Chris Smith and Michael Keating quickly discovered that the real story was about more than just brick and mortar, maple and shellac. Told repeatedly by locals how important these places were to their communities, they began to embrace the "game on Saturday, church on Sunday" mantra that is found in many towns through Indiana, watching countless hours of basketball and becoming a part of the Hoosier tradition themselves.

With over 150 color photographs and unforgettable stories from high school basketball and beyond, Chasing Indiana's Game: The Hoosier Hardwood Project is a tribute to the Hoosier state and all who love basketball.