David Replogle - The Real College Guide
Yep, March brings Madness -- the chaotic frenzy of the NCAA basketball tourney.
Schoolwork, the gym and your significant other all get abandoned in the name of college hoops, when the TV becomes a rallying point for unforgettable comebacks and incredible feats of athleticism.
Think you’re a true fan of the Big Dance?
Test your knowledge with 10 questions about the b-ball championship. We’ll start you off with a softball. …
1. Which of the teams listed below wasn’t featured in the Final Four of the 2009 tournament?
A. Villanova University
B. North Carolina State University
C. Michigan State University
D. University of Louisville
2. What active coach has the most tournament titles, with three to his name?
A. Roy Williams
B. Mike Krzyzewski
C. Billy Donovan
D. Jim Calhoun
3. Which Big Ten school has never been featured in the history of the NCAA tournament, despite acting as host in its inaugural 1931 year?
A. Northwestern University
B. University of Minnesota
C. University of Wisconsin-Madison
D. University of Iowa
4. When was the last time none of the No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four?
5. While a No. 16 seed has never defeated a No. 1 seed in the first round of the tournament, how many times has a No. 15 seed stunned a No. 2-ranked opponent?
A. Four times
B. Three times
6. Of the following teams, which two have won the entire tournament while playing in home state territory?
A. North Carolina State University
B. Duke University
C. Purdue University
D. Michigan State University
E. University of California, Los Angeles
7. How many times have both of the previous year’s finalists failed to make the field the following tournament?
A. Three times
8. Which player is known for topping the single-game scoring performance chart in the history of the Big Dance with a whopping 61 points?
A. Bill Bradley in 1965
B. David Robinson in 1987
C. Austin Carr in 1970
D. Oscar Robertson in 1958
9. True or False? No team has ever beaten three top seeds on their way to the championship.
10. The most recent surprise run in tournament history came in 2006 when this school shocked No. 6 Michigan State University, No. 3 University of North Carolina, No. 7 Wichita State University, and in a thrilling overtime game, No. 1 University of Connecticut in their regional bracket to blaze through to their first-ever Final Four appearance.
A. Bradley University
B. Boston College
C. Texas A&M University
D. George Mason University
1. D. Michigan beat Louisville in the Elite Eight prior to defeating Connecticut by 11 points in the Final Four.
2. B. Krzyzewski, currently at Duke, leads the pack of active coaches. John Wooden of UCLA fame has the most overall, with an amazing 10 championships.
3. A. Northwestern recently failed to qualify again in 2010. Maybe next year ...
4. B. Connecticut, Villanova and University of Memphis lost in the Elite Eight that year; Duke in the Sweet Sixteen.
5. A. In 1991, 1993, 1997 and 2001.
6. A. and E. North Carolina in 1974; and UCLA three times, in 1968, 1972 and 1975.
7. B. Previous finalists Indiana State University and Michigan failed to make the cut in 1980; Florida State University and Ohio State University in 2008.
8. C. Carr scored 61 in the University of Notre Dame vs. Ohio matchup from that year. He also scored 52 points in a single game during the same tournament and again the following year.
9. False. It’s happened once. In 1997, The University of Arizona defeated University of Kansas, North Carolina State University, and finally, University of Kentucky to claim the title of national champions.
10. D. George Mason University became only the second 11th seeded team to ever reach the Final Four.
The principal goal of the BCS is not and never was to fairly determine a national champion. It was designed to maximize revenue for its members while limiting true competition. That makes it a cartel. If you ask me, they can still call it the BCS -- just change the words to Bowl Cartel Series.
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Should there be four teams? Eight? Sixteen? Wherever a line is drawn, excluded teams will inevitably start clamoring to enlarge the playoffs. That's exactly what has happened with the NCAA basketball, March Madness has grown from eight teams to 65 teams and now is under pressure to expand to 96. Joe Barton's playoff idea turns out to be more of a problem than a solution.
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