ESPN's Dana O'Neil just put up this piece on basketball in the state of Indiana. It's actually a reasonably interesting read and a decent take on explaining to outsiders the religion of basketball....but it has one glaring hole. It contains just three oblique references to Purdue, and none at all to the actual basketball played here. She interviews Stevens and Crean and spends several paragraphs on Knight....but never mentions Keady or Painter once. She talks about Wooden playing at Martinsville but somehow tap-dances around mentioning where he was a 3-time All-American. She talks about Big Dog's performance in the state championship....without mentioning where he played his college ball. Talks about Zeller but doesn't mention the Baby Boilers or the Three Amigos. I could go on. Even Rick Mount is mentioned for high school but not college.
Look, don't get me wrong, Knight was a great coach. Hinkle is a temple. And the lifeblood of the game in this state is high school ball. Telling of the history and canon of Indiana basketball would be incomplete without them. But it is equally incomplete without Keady, Wooden's title, Mount's shooting, and the rest of Purdue basketball history.