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While the use of the name "March Madness" in reference to American college basketball playoffs dates back to the 1980s, the term was originally used to describe the Illinois state high school basketball tournament. Though many people are familiar with the college playoffs under the March Madness name, this is actually one of several colloquial names for the NCAA basketball tournament.

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  • What is the size of a basketball backboard?

    Q: What is the size of a basketball backboard?

    A: Per NBA regulations, the dimensions of a basketball backboard are 6 feet wide by 3 ½ feet high. The backboard is marked with a 2-inch white rectangle that is centered behind the ring; the rectangle's outer dimensions are 24 inches wide by 18 inches high. The basket itself consists of a metal ring with an 18-inch inner diameter and a white cord net that is 15 to 18 inches long.
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  • Who was the first person inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach?

    Q: Who was the first person inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach?

    A: John Wooden was the first person to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for both his playing and coaching careers. Most of Wooden's coaching career took place at UCLA during their legendary 20th-century success streak, when they won 10 NCAA men's basketball titles during the 1960s and early 1970s. Thanks to his accomplishments as the UCLA coach, which included guiding the team to an undefeated record of 30-0 in 1963-64, Wooden was given the nickname "The Wizard of Westwood."
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  • Which team has won the most NBA championships?

    Q: Which team has won the most NBA championships?

    A: As of April 2014, the Boston Celtics have won the most NBA championships. To this point, the team has won 17 championship titles, more than other teams in the league.
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  • Who is currently the shortest player in the NBA?

    Q: Who is currently the shortest player in the NBA?

    A: As of August 2014, Nate Robinson of the Denver Nuggets and Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings are the NBA's shortest players, both measuring 5 feet 9 inches tall. The two players are connected in several ways, as both starred at the University of Washington and wore the #2 jersey.
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  • Which NFL stadiums have hosted Final Four games?

    Q: Which NFL stadiums have hosted Final Four games?

    A: As of 2015, 11 NFL stadiums have hosted the NCAA Division I men's college basketball Final Four games. Of those 11 stadiums, seven are still in use by their city's NFL team. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints, has been the host venue five times as of 2015.
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  • When does the college basketball season start?

    Q: When does the college basketball season start?

    A: The NCAA college basketball season begins in November each year with several early season tournaments. These include the Rainbow Classic, the Champions Classic and the 2K Sports Classic. In 2013, the season began on November 8.
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  • How did March Madness get its name?

    Q: How did March Madness get its name?

    A: While the use of the name "March Madness" in reference to American college basketball playoffs dates back to the 1980s, the term was originally used to describe the Illinois state high school basketball tournament. Though many people are familiar with the college playoffs under the March Madness name, this is actually one of several colloquial names for the NCAA basketball tournament.
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  • Who holds the NCAA record for most made free throws?

    Q: Who holds the NCAA record for most made free throws?

    A: Tyler Hansbrough holds the NCAA record for most made free throws, sinking 982 free throws over the course of collegiate basketball career. Hansbrough, who was a student-athlete for the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2005 through 2009, broke the previous record of 905 free throws set by Wake Forest's Dickie Hemric in 1955.
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  • When was the first NCAA women's basketball tournament?

    Q: When was the first NCAA women's basketball tournament?

    A: The first official NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship was held in 1982. Louisiana Tech's team won the championship game 76-62 against Cheyney State, becoming the first NCAA Division I women's basketball champions.
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  • How many yards is a basketball court?

    Q: How many yards is a basketball court?

    A: A basketball court at the collegiate and professional levels measures 94 feet in length and 50 feet in width, or approximately 31.3 yards long and 16.6 yards wide. High school courts are slightly smaller in length, measuring 84 feet, or 28 yards.
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  • What is the lowest scoring game in NBA history?

    Q: What is the lowest scoring game in NBA history?

    A: As of 2014, the lowest-scoring game in National Basketball Association (NBA) history was a contest with the final score of 19-18. The game took place in 1950 between the Minneapolis Lakers and the Fort Wayne Pistons.
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  • How high is a basketball hoop from the ground?

    Q: How high is a basketball hoop from the ground?

    A: The height that a basketball hoop is from the ground varies depending on the ages of the players, but a standard basketball hoop is 10 feet tall. Only professional and collegiate players would play with a hoop at this height.
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  • Where is the NBA League office?

    Q: Where is the NBA League office?

    A: The National Basketball Association league office is located at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Departments housed in the league office include administration and benefits, broadcast operations, communications and digital media. Events, legal and referee operations are also located there.
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  • Who was the first person to dunk a basketball?

    Q: Who was the first person to dunk a basketball?

    A: The first player believed to have dunked a basketball in an organized game was Joe Fortenberry, captain of the 1936 U.S. Olympic basketball team. However, this is not officially recognized by any governing bodies.
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  • What is the NCAA basketball record for fewest points scored in a half?

    Q: What is the NCAA basketball record for fewest points scored in a half?

    A: As of 2014, the fewest points scored in one half of a men's Division I basketball game is four. This record was set by the Northern Illinois men's basketball team in January 2013 in a game against Eastern Michigan. The record for fewest points in an entire men's Division I game is held by St. Louis, which scored just 20 points during a January 2008 game.
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  • What is the official height of an NBA rim?

    Q: What is the official height of an NBA rim?

    A: The official height of an NBA rim is 10 feet from the court surface directly below. This measurement has remained constant at the high school, college and professional levels since the game was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891.
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  • Who won the first NCAA men's basketball tournament?

    Q: Who won the first NCAA men's basketball tournament?

    A: The first team to win an NCAA men's basketball championship was the University of Oregon. The Ducks earned a 13-point victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in a game that took place on March 27, 1939.
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  • What is the most points scored by an individual in an NCAA Division I basketball game?

    Q: What is the most points scored by an individual in an NCAA Division I basketball game?

    A: In January of 1991, Kevin Bradshaw scored 72 points in a college basketball game, setting a record that was still unbeaten into the 21st century. During that record-breaking game, Bradshaw's U.S. International University team was defeated by Loyola Marymount University, 186-140.
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  • How do teams qualify for the NCAA basketball tournament?

    Q: How do teams qualify for the NCAA basketball tournament?

    A: There are two ways to qualify for the NCAA Division I basketball tournament. Thirty-one teams automatically qualify by winning their conference post-season championship, and the Ivy League sends its regular-season champion. The remaining entrants are selected by an official committee made of college athletics professionals, such as conference commissioners and university athletic directors.
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  • What is the NCAA death penalty?

    Q: What is the NCAA death penalty?

    A: The NCAA death penalty is a rule that allows the organization to ban a member school from sports competition for a minimum of one year. The NCAA has used this penalty a few times, and according to the organization's founding rules, it has always had the ability to impose bans on member schools it deems to be in violation of certain rules or codes of conduct.
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  • Has anyone ever filled out a perfect NCAA bracket?

    Q: Has anyone ever filled out a perfect NCAA bracket?

    A: As of March 2014, no one has ever come close to filling out a perfect NCAA bracket. In 2010, a 17-year-old autistic boy reportedly had all 48 games correct heading into the Sweet 16, though this claim has been met with lots of skepticism.
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