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Dotson Lewis' Blog

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament selection is complete and play begins today among the field of 64 teams vying for the National Championship. March Madness is officially underway. I attended the final four every year from 1977 through 2002. It was the best show in town, even better than the Super Bowl.



Below is trivia about college basketball coaches, players, teams and Final Four performances. Ask these questions at dinner tonight or if you know the answers, impress your tweens with your basketball knowledge.



March Madness Trivia Questions (varying degrees of difficulty):

  1. Who invented basketball?  What year?
  2. Who coined the term "March Madness"? And did it first refer to the NCAA Tournament?
  3. How many teams played in the very first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament? Who won?
  4. Where was the first tournament played? Where will this year's Final Four be held?
  5. Which TV network first showed March Madness games? Which network will televise the games this year?
  6. Who is the first and only player to win the MVP award at the final four on three occasions?
  7. In 1984, which team lost to Georgetown in the championship game, marking its third loss in the Final Four in three year?
  8. This year Rick Pitino coaches the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals. In 1996, he led the Kentucky Wildcats to their first championship since 1978. Who did Kentucky beat in the final game?
  9. Which team has the most number of championship titles?
  10. What player has scored the most points in an NCAA tournament game? How many points did he score?

Dotson’s Note: Call the Benchwarmers’ Thursday for the correct answers, if you can’t figure them out for yourself.