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While stumping in Indiana, Ted Cruz raised eyebrows by calling a basketball hoop a "basketball ring" at the Hoosier Gym.

The Texas senator was paying tribute to a famous scene from Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman, by having someone measure the height of the rim as he spoke to the crowd.

"You know the amazing thing is, that basketball ring here in Indiana is the same height as it is in New York City and every other place in this country," Cruz said. "And there is nothing that Hoosiers cannot do."

Here's the scene Cruz was referencing.

The gaffe was seized on by Twitter users, some of them saying it could actually hurt the candidate's chances in the state's primary next week. 

Fox Sports' Micah Peters said it wasn't "even one of those foul-ups you can chalk up to time."

"It's never been called a basketball 'ring,'" he wrote. "It's been a 'hoop' since dunking was illegal in 'roundball' games and baskets were literal, thatched baskets."


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