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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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  • How many brackets are filled out for March Madness?

    Q: How many brackets are filled out for March Madness?

    A: An estimated 60 million people fill out March Madness brackets every year, according to a 2014 article from Smithsonian Magazine. The NCAA basketball tournament breeds a significant amount of financial activity as well, with an estimated $1 billion spent on casual bets on the games and the tournament as a whole.
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  • How many teams compete in the NCAA men's basketball tournament?

    Q: How many teams compete in the NCAA men's basketball tournament?

    A: As of 2015, 68 teams compete in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The tournament has increased in size several times since its inception, including a 1985 expansion to include 64 teams. This format held for over 20 years before expanding to the current 68-team field in 2011.
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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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  • How many players have won both NCAA and NBA championships?

    Q: How many players have won both NCAA and NBA championships?

    A: As of 2012, only 40 male basketball players have ever won both the collegiate and professional national basketball championships in the United States, according to Complex magazine. These men include some players from basketball's early days, such as Cliff Hagan, who was on the NCAA championship winning team in 1951 and with the NBA champion St. Louis Hawks in 1958.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How did the Lakers get their name?

    Q: How did the Lakers get their name?

    A: The Lakers got their nickname from the state of Minnesota, where they began their operations in 1947. The team adopted the name due to the many lakes in the state.
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  • Has anyone won the NCAA tournament as a player and as a coach?

    Q: Has anyone won the NCAA tournament as a player and as a coach?

    A: As of 2014, three individuals have won the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament as student-athletes who then went on to coach winning teams. These men are Bob Knight, Joe B. Hall and Dean Smith..
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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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  • 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 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 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 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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  • Which women's college basketball program has won the most championships?

    Q: Which women's college basketball program has won the most championships?

    A: As of 2015, the University of Connecticut is the winningest program in NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament history, having earned a total of nine titles from the tournament's inception in 1982 through their win in 2014. The University of Tennessee also has a successful women's basketball team, having won eight titles between 1982 and 2014.
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  • What is the number of players on a basketball team?

    Q: What is the number of players on a basketball team?

    A: A typical basketball team roster includes 12 players. However, the actual roster size is often at the discretion of the coaching staff and may be significantly smaller or larger, depending on the level of play and rules set forth by the governing body of the league.
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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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  • Who is the NCAA all-division leading scorer?

    Q: Who is the NCAA all-division leading scorer?

    A: As of 2013, Travis Grant's record as the all-time high scorer in NCAA men's college basketball remains undefeated. Grant, who played for Kentucky State University, scored a total of 4,045 points during his college career. Kentucky State won three NCAA titles while Grant was a student-athlete, and he also won a variety of individual awards.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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