Put down that NCAA basketball bracket, we've got trivia!
Snacks? Check. NCAA basketball tournament bracket? Check. Remote? Check. OK, time for some last-minute cramming about the best March Madness trivia.
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The wait to tip off the first full day of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament commences at roughly high noon, Eastern Time, Thursday. By now, you’ve certainly filled in your brackets, stocked up on chips and soda, and positioned the March Madness TV schedule next to the remote.
Still, there is time for some last-minute cramming, exam-style.
Do you know how many schools have won both the men's and women's tournament? Did you know that Jimmer Fredette is not a typo? Do you know who he plays for?
The best of March Madness present
Most peculiar season turned in by a tournament team
Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which won the Tuesday play-in game, began by losing its first 11 games, all except one by double digits. Their average margin of defeat was 15 points, and they didn’t play their first home game until mid-January. Once the Golden Lions got into their Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule, they were mostly, well, golden. From that point they’ve gone 18-4.
Teams with the best graduation success rates
According to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, which collects such data, these are the Top 10 schools in the tournament when it comes to graduating their players (with the graduation percentage in parentheses):
- Brigham Young (100 percent)
- Marquette (100)
- Notre Dame (100)
- Utah State (100)
- Wake Forest (100)
- Wofford (100)
- Duke (92)
- Lehigh (92)
- Vermont (92)
- Villanova (92)
Most mysterious team nicknames in this year’s tournament
Best team nickname
Best player names
- Tweety Carter, Baylor
- Jimmer Fredette, Brighham Young
Coaches with the best nicknames
- Tubby Smith, Minnesota
- Buzz Williams, Marquette
Best celebrity fan
A 1990 UK graduate, she sits among the Wildcat faithful and blends in as well as possible. In a Sports Illustrated guest column, she once wrote she loves attending Kentucky games partly because “I don’t feel like a movie star” and for “feeling as free as I do when I walk the woods surrounding our farm.”
Best pep band number
“Dr. Hoosier,” which is in virtually every pep band’s repertoire and surely will be played countless times during the tournament. If you don’t think you know this tune, click here, and you may change your tune.