Your brackets are done. You have analyzed the games to death. Now what are you going to do until the games start? Here are seven March Madness trivia questions to pass time and test your knowledge. Be careful, though — they are pretty tough!
1. Wichita State has a chance to make history this year as the eighth team to win the National Championship as an undefeated team and the first since Indiana did it in 1976 (as an incredible aside, four of those previous seven teams were John Wooden-coached UCLA teams). The first team to win the title without a loss along the way came in 1956, and it featured future Hall of Famers Bill Russell and K.C. Jones. What school was it?
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a. North Carolina
c. San Francisco
2. It is impossible for a team to play all four No. 1 seeds in a single tournament, but a squad can play three if they get really, really hot. Only one team in history has ever managed the feat, and they won it all as a No. 4 seed. What school was it? (Hint: current Memphis head coach Josh Pastner was a walk-on freshman guard on the squad)
d. NC State
3. Last year the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four was Luke Hancock of Louisville. The award almost always goes to the best player on the winning team, but this marks the 31st anniversary of the last time a losing player won the award. Who was it? (Hint: The future Hall of Famer twice lost in the finals of the NCAA Tournament)
a. Michael Jordan
b. Charles Barkley
c. Hakeem Olajuwon
d. John Stockton
4. North Carolina has the longest streak of consecutive tournament appearances with 27, though Matt Doherty brought that crashing to a halt in 2001. The longest active streak is Kansas, which will be making their 25th appearance this year and is well on their way to passing North Carolina. Two coaches have guided the Jayhawks during this streak. Which school, with 18, has the record for the most consecutive appearances with a single coach?
c. Michigan State
5. There has never been an upset of a No. 1 by a No. 16, but a No. 15 has won their opener seven times in 116 tries, including three times in the last two years. One NBA MVP has played for one of those unlikely but lovable underdogs. Who was it?
a. David Robinson
b. Steve Nash
c. Allen Iverson
d. Dirk Nowitzki
6. Only three major conference teams have never won a tournament game, but just one will have a chance to change that this year. South Florida has only been in a major conference since 2005, so they have the least to be ashamed of. Northwestern has existed since 1904 and still has never even been in the field. I have no idea how that is possible. The final program, though, is perhaps the most frustrating. They will be making their seventh appearance this year but have yet to win. Their athletic department is capable of winning, though, because they have won multiple National Championships in football. What school?
d. Penn State
7. There is no shortage of top end experience among the coaches in this year’s tournament. There are no fewer than eight coaches in the field this year that have at least three Final Four appearances (including ones that were later vacated). Coach K leads the way with 11. He has four titles, so only Rick Pitino and Roy Williams have as many Final Four appearances as Krzyzewski has Final Four losses. Of the eight coaches, which one has waited the longest since their last Final Four appearance?
a. Steve Fisher
b. Jim Boeheim
c. Mike Krzyzewski
d. Billy Donovan
1. c — In 1954 USF became the first major college program to start three African American players
2. a — It was 1997, and Lute Olson’s team had five future NBAers on it.
3. c — Olajuwon won the award in 1983 while losing to NC State in the final, and then lost the next year to Georgetown
4. b — Coach K is making his 19th straight appearance this year. He has four Final Fours and two titles during that time.
5. b — Santa Clara stunned Arizona in 1993. Nash had six free throws in the last 30 seconds.
6. c — Nebraska basketball might not know how to win, but Tim Miles is easily one of the more colorful coaches in the field this year
7. a — Fisher went three times with Michigan, with the last happening in 1993. His last two appearances were later vacated thanks to Chris Webber and company.
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