Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis — one of basketball’s iconic venues — gets its star turn in the NCAA Tournament

One of the great scenes in the beloved basketball film “Hoosiers” takes place when the Hickory High School team enters iconic Hinkle Fieldhouse for its first practice before the state championship game. Coach Norman Dale, played by Gene Hackman, has his players use a tape measure to determine the distance from the free-throw line to the backboard and from the floor to the rim, pointing out it’s exactly the same as in their own small gym. But as he walks off the court behind his team, Dale smiles and says, “It is big.” Hinkle Fieldhouse, the site of Loyola Chicago’s first-round game against Geo…

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