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Mecca of College Basketball

Geographically speaking, Cincinnati could call themselves the center of the Universe when it comes to basketball. Problem is, we all know most of the basketball lore from The Queen City of the West is because an Indianapolis-native briefly provided his talent in the late 50s. The same man who the NCAA later named their Player of the Year trophy for: Oscar Robertson.
Besides that, there's not much to say about Tri-State Hoops. Much of the success over past decades have been spread out to neighboring NCAA schools like Kentucky, IU, Michigan, Louisville, Michigan State... the list goes far beyond just bluebloods and powerhouses - Dayton was a top-5 school just as March Madness was about to begin, until the damn panic shut it down. Creighton was contending for a top-10 spot. Iowa & Illinois are also ranked in the top-10. I might be so bold as to say that in any given year, at least half the ranked teams are from the Midwest. Yep, that includes NET, RPI, Sagarin, and KenPom rankings. 


So I thought, let's put together a crude lil map and then check every now and then to see how well the prediction holds up.

2021 Update: Naturally, the NCAA chose Indianapolis, and Indiana to host the entire Men's Basketball tournament this March with most games (including all elite8+ games) within covered-walking distance of Circle Center in the Circle City, just south of Carmel aka Roundabout City, which is quick drive to anywhere else around Indy, thanks to Interstate-465 highway, a circle around the city known for driving in circles (ovals). 

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