Where is Butler University located and where does it play its home basketball games?
Butler University is located in Indianapolis, Ind., five miles from downtown. The Bulldogs play their home basketball games on campus at Hinkle Fieldhouse, a red-brick building constructed in 1928. It was a site of Indiana High School Athletic Association playoffs from 1928 to 1971 with an interruption from 1943 to 1945 during World War II.
The popular movie “Hoosiers” is based loosely on Milan High, a town of 160 residents that won the Indiana state title at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 1954. Bobby Plump, who hit the game-winning shot for Milan and was fictionalized as a character named Jimmy Chitwood, went on to become a star at Butler. Chitwood’s big shot in “Hoosiers” was filmed at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Comparisons between the movie “Hoosiers” were made to the Butler Bulldogs team that lost to Duke in the 2010 title game. In the 2011 title game, Butler lost to Connecticut and would have had trouble hitting the side of barn-like Hinkle Fieldhouse, shooting .188 in a 53-41 loss and making just three two-point field goals, six fewer than the previous low mark in an NCAA title game.