In Springfield, March Madness never ends

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The UConn women's basketball team has done it again, and won its 11th national championship. And while the college basketball season is officially over, it's always "game on" in Springfield, Massachusetts. hall of fame

With another title to celebrate in Storrs and just in time for the NBA playoffs, we took a trip to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame -- the "Hoop Hall" as its know to locals in Springfield.

"The game started not more than a mile and a half from where we sit today," said John Doleva , the president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  "It's living history of basketball and we see multiple generations come here."

There are crowd-pleasing exhibits all around the hall, but among the top stops is at the very top. The third floor of the Hoop Hall boasts the "Honors Ring," where 350 hall of famers have been enshrined.

"The mission is to celebrate the greatest moments and people in the game," Doleva said.

There are dozens of interactive exhibits, including the "Court of Dreams," where guests can get into the game. It's full court for anyone who wants to take their best shot, and kids can go for rims that range from 6 to 9 feet if the regulation hoop is still too high.

Geno Auriemma displayFor those making the trip north from UConn territory, the Husky Nation is well represented -- two Connecticut cases proudly display Hall of Famers Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma. Memorabilia of championships past are prominently displayed.

Doleva added, "We get more visitors from Connecticut than we do from Massachusetts, so I think that supports the notion Husky basketball is alive and kicking.

This week the Hall of Fame announced it's newest inductees for 2016, most notably, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Yao Ming.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located at 1000 Hall of Fame Ave. in Springfield. For hours and ticket prices click here.