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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSMiami/AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz threw up an airball in his attempt to pander to basketball-crazy Indiana.

During a rally Tuesday night at a gym where “Hoosiers” was filmed, Cruz attempted to recreate a famous scene by having an aide measure the height of the basket. But Cruz referred to the hoop as a “basketball ring,” resulting in a torrent of taunts across social media.

Cruz is a movie buff who has quoted scenes from “Hoosiers” before. In the movie, Gene Hackman has a player measure the height of the basket to show that there’s no difference between the court his small-town team was used to playing on and the larger arena where the state tournament was taking place.

It wasn’t clear what point Cruz was trying to make.

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