March Madness Trivia Questions and Answers
March Madness is upon us, and you know that that means. Buzzer beaters, upsets, Cinderellas, late game heroics, questionable calls and everything in between. To get you set for the upcoming tournament, let’s take a trip down memory lane and see how well you know the history of the what they call the ‘Big Dance’.
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1. Which No.16 shocked the world and upset the No.1 Virginia Cavaliers in 2018?
(A) Iona (B) UMBC
(C) Hampton (D) Campbell
2. Only one time in tournament history did the four No.1 seeds make the Final Four. Which year was that?
(A) 2018 (B) 1999
(C) 2008 (D) 2013
3. Which of the following cities have NEVER hosted a Final Four game?
(A) Chicago (B) Denver
(C) Charlotte (D) San Diego
4. Which popular basketball move was banned from college basketball in 1967 only to be reinstated in 1976
(A) Three-point Shot (B) Slam Dunk
(C) Charges (D) Chest Pass
5. Who is the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer?
(A) Wilt Chamberlin (B) Jerry Lucas
(C) Pete Maravich (D) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
6. What school did NBA-great, Larry Bird attend?
(A) Michigan State (B) Indiana State
(C) North Carolina (D) UCLA
7. Which No.15 seed famously upset No. 2 Arizona way back in 1993?
(A) Gonzaga (B) Santa Clara
(C) Utah (D) St. Johns
8. Which team has won the most National Titles in the history of the NCAA Tournament?
(A) Duke (B) North Carolina
(C) USC (D) UCLA
9. Which team from the 1980’s was known as “the Doctors of Dunk”
(A) Louisville (B) Iowa
(C) Ohio State (D) Indiana
10. What non-related sporting event led to the cancellation of the third-place game in the Final Four?
(A) The Reagan Assassination Attempt (B) The Unabomber
(C) The Challenger Explosion (D) The Iran Hostage Crisis
11. What is the only team to register more than 100 points in the Finals of the NCAA Tournament?
(A) North Carolina (B) Duke
(C) UNLV (D) UCLA
12. Which early college team got stuck with the unfortunate nickname the “tall firs”?
(A) Louisville (B) Oregon
(C) USC (D) Michigan
13. Who is the only player to win the Final Four MVP despite not winning the National Title?
(A) Michael Jordan (B) Hakeem Olajuwon
(C) Patrick Ewing (D) Larry Bird
(1) It was the UMBC Retrievers. After heading into the break tied at 21, the Retrievers exploded for 53 points on what was a great Cavaliers defense all season long. Not only did they win, but they blew out the Cavs by 20 points.
(2) In 2008, all four No. 1 seeds made the Final Four. These teams were UCLA, Memphis, Kansas and North Carolina. It also remains the last time that this feat happened.
(4) Believe it or not, it was the slam dunk. In 1966, Texas Western fielded one of the first all-black teams, and purists were upset about the aggressive style in which they played. They outlawed dunks in an attempt to slow them down. This ban held true for 10 years before being lifted.
(5) Pete Maravich leads the NCAA in all-time scoring with 3,667 points. This is an impressive feat because it comes during an era where there was no three-point line.
(6) Larry Bird led the Indiana State Sycamores to the 1979 NCAA Title game only to lose to his arch-rival, Magic Johnson. Bird won the USBWA Player of the Year, Naismith and Wooden awards and finished his career averaging 30.3 points per game.
(7) Led by NBA HOFer Steve Nash, Santa Clara survived a second half run of 25 straight points from Arizona to pull off the upset 64-61.
(8) This one should have been easy. UCLA holds the record for the most National Titles with 11. However, their last title came all the way back in 1995.
(9) Louisville took on the moniker “The Doctors of Dunk” because of their 2-2-1 press style, which was implemented by head coach Denny Crum.
(10) In 1981, an assassination attempt occurred on Ronald Reagan, and both the third place and National Championship game were delayed. It would be decided that only the Finals get played, which is what established the current format.
(11) In 1990, UNLV not only scored 100 points in the Finals, but they become the first pre-season No.1 to win the title since North Carolina in 1982.
(12) Because of the height of their team, Oregon was dubbed the Tall Firs. They were taller than every team in the NCAA and were led by 6-foot-8 center Slim Wintermute and 6-foot-4 forward Lauren Gale.
(13) Hakeem Olajuwon helped the Cougars advance to consecutive Title Games in 1983 and 1984 only to be on the losing end of both of them. He remains the only player from the losing side to be named MVP of the Final Four.
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