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7 Teams to Win the NCAA Tournament Without a Loss
Seven teams in Division I history have won a national championship without suffering a single defeat. Here's a look at those teams, from the San Francisco Dons of 1956 to Bob Knight's 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.
Biggest Differences Between NCAA and NBA...
They hang the hoops at the same height... but that might be the only thing the NBA and NCAA do exactly the same way. Here's a brief rundown of the key differences between pro and college ball.
NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown
Your guide's predictions for the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, from the First Four to the Final Four
Where the Final Four Takes Place Through 2016
College basketball's biggest game demands the biggest stage... like a 100,000-seat NFL stadium. The venues are set for the Final Four through 2016, a list that reads includes most of the new or newly-renovated home fields of the National Football League.
How the NBA Playoffs Work
How the NBA Playoffs work: playoff seeding, home court advantage, series formats and home-court advantage and more
Coaches with Multiple National Championships
With North Carolina's win over Michigan State, Roy Williams ties his mentor, Dean Smith, with two national championships... and joins a select list of coaches with multiple titles.
Which Seeds Tend to Fare Best During March...
Can you use seeds to predict which teams will excel in the NCAA Tournament? Here's a tip -- the higher-seeded teams win more often.
11 College Basketball Coaches Who Just Know How...
The giants of the game -- Division I college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
About the NIT
Once upon a time, the NIT was the premier event on the college basketball calendar. Now, at it's best it's considered an undercard to March Madness. Here's a look at the National Invitation Tournament, past, present and future.
What is a Double-Double in Basketball?
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New NCAA Tournament Format Means Less Time for...
The expansion of the NCAA Tournament to 68 teams means fans will have less time between Selection Sunday and the start of March Madness. Better get those brackets filled out quickly!
What Conference Had the Most NCAA Tournament...
With eleven member schools reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2011, the Big East has set a new record for most schools from a single conference in March Madness.
All the NCAA Champs and Final Four Teams from...
A complete list of NCAA Champions and Final Four teams, from the 1985 Villanova Wildcats to the 2011 Connecticut Huskies.
NCAA Division I Champions
Of the over 300 schools playing Division I basketball, just 35 have won the NCAA Tournament. Here's a list of the few, the proud, the NCAA Tournament champions.
Highest Paid Coaches in Basketball
How much to college basketball coaches make? Quite a bit. John Calipari's new deal at Kentucky will be worth approximately $4 million a year -- and that's before you factor in incentives, summer camps, and a fat endorsement deal from a shoe company. Here's a look at the salaries of some of college basketball's highest-paid coaches.
Sweet Sixteen
: In NCAA Tournament lingo, the "Sweet Sixteen" can refer to either the last sixteen teams remaining
Stephen Curry
An In-Depth Profile of Stephen Curry.
The Winningest Active Coaches in College Hoops
The Top 20 Winningest Active NCAA Head Coaches
NCAA Champions and Final Four Teams 1964 - 1984
A complete list of NCAA Champions and Final Four teams, 1964-1984.
What Does 'One and Done' Mean in Basketball?
The NBA's rule prohibiting high school seniors from entering the draft has given rise to a new class of college player.
Isolation Play
The isolation is the simplest play in basketball and, very often, the most effective.
What is a Charging Foul in Basketball?
The charging violation is one of the most difficult fouls to call in basketball. As such, it is often the most controversial as well.
Kevin Durant Thinks We're a Bunch of Idiots
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant Thinks the Media Is Stupid and Has Too Much Power When It Comes to NBA Awards.
The Bird Exception and How the NBA's Salary Cap...
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How does the NCAA Tournament Actually Work?
An introduction to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament -- the largest, most elaborate and, arguably, the best postseason event on the American sports calendar.
John Calipari
About John Calipari - Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats
Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski Profile: Career history, accomplishments and biography of Duke's Mike
Rebounds: Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain attracts a crowd at the 1997 NBA All-Star game. Page 2.
What Point Shaving Means in Basketball and Why...
Point Shaving is the (highly illegal) act of purposefully holding down the score of a sporting event, in order to impact who will win bets against a point spread.
How to Play Basketball If You're Short
We’ve all been there. The shortest guy on the court. Or at least too short to snatch rebounds from the
Olympic Basketball vs. the NBA
The rules that govern play in international basketball competition and the familiar NBA rule book have more in common than in years past. But there are several key differences you'll want to know about before watching the Olympics or any international tournament.
Most Wins in Division I History
Find out the most successful programs in men's Division I college basketball history - ranked by number of wins - through the 2008-09 season.
Kentucky Wildcats Fact Sheet
Kentucky Wildcats - Background information and quick facts on Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
In the Zone
An introduction to some of the zone defenses used in college basketball.
Elite Eight
: "Elite Eight" refers to either the last eight teams remaining in a given NCAA Tournament or the tournament's
The Coaches of Team USA
From the amateur teams of the 30s, 40s and 50s to the Dream Team and Redeem Team -- the men who have coached America's Olympic men's basketball teams, from 1936 through today.
How to Run Your Own NCAA Tournament Pool
Given the dubious legality of gambling on the NCAA Tournament, we're sure you readers are playing March Madness pools for sheer entertainment value. But in case you're interested in a discussion of NCAA pools and cash wagers -- as a sociological experiment or similar -- read on.
Walk is a Walk-On in College Basketball?
: In college basketball "walk-on" refers to a player who is on the team, but does not get one of the
UCLA Bruins Fact Sheet
UCLA Bruins - Background information and quick facts on UCLA Bruins men's basketball
Back-to-Back
: In NBA terms, "back-to-back" is a term used to describe a stretch of schedule when a team plays two
How to Play Fantasy Basketball
An introduction to fantasy basketball - league setup information, rosters and positions, trades and free agents and fantasy basketball statistics
Advice for Knicks Fans: ‘Start Rooting...
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The WNBA, the NBA, and Why We Compare the Two
An open letter to WNBA player Olympia Scott, in response to her post about unfair comparisons between the WNBA and NBA
Everything You Need to Know About the NBA's...
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Site and Venue Information for the 2014 NCAA...
Want to attend the 2014 NCAA Tournament? The Final Four will be played at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Sean Miller
Sean Miller Profile - the Arizona Wildcats hired Xavier's Sean Miller, in the hopes of bringing some stability to a program that's had three coaches in the last three seasons.
What is Rotisserie?
Rotisserie is a scoring system common to many fantasy sports leagues, particularly baseball and basketball.
Brick
Brick -- basketball slang for a particularly grace-less jump shot.
Commissioner Adam Silver on Tanking: Who Is He...
Commissioner Adam Silver doesn't believe tanking is a problem in the NBA.
Best Winning Percentage in Division I History
The best winning percentages in college basketball history -- the University of Kentucky heads an impressive list.
Gonzaga Bulldogs Fact Sheet
Gonzaga Bulldogs - Background information and quick facts on Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
Top Coaches in NBA History
Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens and Pat Riley top the list of the NBA's all-time winningest coaches.
First Four
: Starting with the 2011 tournament, 68 teams will be invited to participate in March Madness - up from
Revenue Sharing and North America's Major Pro...
The NFL's revenue-sharing model is universally lauded as the reason pro football continues to thrive in tiny markets. Page 2.
How To Improve Your Basketball Game and Be Your...
This article addresses how the everyday player can improve his/her basketball game and be their best.
The Top Women's Coaches in College Hoops
The giants of the game -- Division I women's college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
Which of These 2 Phenoms Will Have a Better...
Comparing superstar prospects Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.
Indiana Hoosiers Fact Sheet
Indiana Hoosiers - background information and quick facts on Indiana men's basketball
How To Form Your Own Summer Basketball League
Here are the key steps in forming a basketball league on your neighborhood court.
Where Did the NCAA Tournament Take Place in 2013?
Want to attend the 2013 NCAA Tournament? The Final Four will be the Georgia Dome, home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.
Most Valuable Player
About the NBA's Most Valuable Player award
Holiday Gifts for Basketball Fans
Holiday gift ideas for all the basketball fans on your list...
Individual Dribbling Drills That Teach Ball...
There are numerous drills you can do on your own or with a friend to become a better dribbler. Learn more with this illustrated tutorial.
Team USA and Olympic Basketball History
The history of basketball at the Olympic Games, from its humble start at the Berlin Games to the preparations for London 2012.
Jim Boeheim
Jim Boeheim Profile - Career history, accomplishments and biography of legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
How to Become an Expert Dribbler
One of the basic skills that basketball players of all ages need to continually practice is ball handling. This is especially true of younger players.
Division I Single-Game Records
Some of the greatest individual performances in NCAA basketball history, captured in the record book, and on this very page.
Why Standing Reach Matters for a Basketball...
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "standing reach" -- the measure of
What is a Point Spread?
Given that a matchup of real equals in any sporting event is exceedingly rare, sports books create a point spread to handicap the superior team.
The NBA Age Limit
The NBA's most recent collective bargaining agreement prevents players from entering the draft right out of high school.
What is the Ted Stepien Rule in NBA?
NBA rules forbid teams from trading their first-round draft pick in successive seasons. That prohibition is generally known as the Ted Stepian Rule.
Assist
Assist is a statistic in basketball used to give credit to the player who
Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks - Background information and quick facts on the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team.
Redshirt
A redshirt is a player who sits out an entire season of his or her sport in order to preserve a year's worth of eligibility.
How to Learn to Shoot, Dribble, and Pass with...
Learn to use both your right and left hand in basketball. Here are some simple ways to learn to take what the defense gives you.
Helms Foundation Champions
Before the National Invitation Tournament and NCAA Tournament were created, the Helms Athletic Association named college basketball's closed thing to a national champion.
North Carolina Tar Heels Fact Sheet
North Carolina Tar Heels - Background information and quick facts on North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
Are NCAA Tournament Pools Legal?
According to FBI estimates, over $2.4 billion dollars changes hands annually - mostly in tens and twenties - in NCAA Tournament pools. Is any of this legal?
NBA Sexcapades: Affairs and other Off-Court...
The NBA: Where tawdry happens. Looking at some of the league's legendary off-court affairs -- from Tony
Defensive Efficiency
Defensive Efficiency is a statistic that measures the number of points an NBA team allows per 100 possessions.
What is a technical foul?
In basketball, a technical foul can be called for any one of a number of infractions not directly related to game play, such as fighting or arguing with officials.
"Poison Pill" Contract
A poison pill contract is an offer to a restricted free agent specially structured to make it difficult for the player's original team to match.
Lute Olson
Arizona Wildcats head coach Lute Olson - Lute Olson had more wins than any active NCAA coach not named Krzyzewski, but that wasn't enough to keep him on Arizona's bench. His sudden retirement rocked the Arizona basketball program in late October.
Luxury Tax
The luxury tax is a charge paid by NBA teams with payrolls that exceed the league's salary cap by a certain, pre-set level.
NBA Champions and Finals MVPs
The champions of basketball, from 1947 to today.
Fantasy Basketball 101: Fantasy Basketball Advice
A few words of advice for fantasy basketball players preparing for that all-important rite of the fall: draft day.
It’s Never Too Early To Recruit...
LeBron James thinks it's ridiculous for college basketball programs to actively recruit a 10-year-old.
Tar Heel
A nickname for North Carolinians dating back to the Civil War
San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich Threatens To...
San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich Threatens To Retire If NBA Season Heads Into July
Top 5 Centers in Houston Rockets’ History
Ranking the top 5 centers in Houston Rockets' History.
Missouri and Duke Upset in First Round
Before the 2012 NCAA Tournament, only four two seeds had ever lost their first-round games. On Friday, March 16th, that number increased by 50 percent, as both Misssouri and Duke lost their opening games.
Airball
An airball is a shot that misses... everything. The hoop, the rim, the backboard... the shot clock.
How To Play Good Individual Defense
How to play good individual Defense and make the team with hustle and determination
Juco
: Short for "junior college," juco typically refers to players who play at a two-year school initially,
The Big Ten Conference
An introduction to the teams and history of the Big Ten Conference, home of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and Penn State.
Was Doc Rivers Smart to Acquire Son?
Was Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers smart to trade for his son Austin Rivers?
How to Win Your NCAA Tournament Pool
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TSN's 50 Greatest Coaches
UCLA's John Wooden -- a ten-time national champion and hall-of-famer twice over -- was named the greatest coach in history by The Sporting News. The Wizard of Westwood is just one of the college basketball luminaries to be so honored by TSN.
LeBron Giving Up #23 to Honor Michael Jordan
LeBron James announced he'll give up his uniform number to honor Michael Jordan, and he wants other NBA players who wear MJ's 23 to do the same.
Worst Starts in NBA History
The 2009-10 Nets have set a new record for futility, opening the season with an 18-game (and counting) losing streak.
ACC All-Time Leading Scorers
Duke's J.J. Redick is the ACC's all-time leading scorer, but Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is gaining fast. Here's a look at Hansbrough's progress and the rest of the ACC's all-time leading scorer list.
Hard Cap
: The NBA has an official cap on salaries... but that "cap" is more like a suggestion. There are a wide
Alex Meruelo, Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles-based businessman Alex Meruelo is set to become the NBA's first Hispanic team owner.
What is Pace?
Pace is a statistic describing how fast a basketball team tends to play, as measured by the number of possessions in each game they play.
Ball Don't Lie
Just over a minute after entering the Knicks' game against the Phoenix Suns on December 2, Wallace delivered
Bruin
: "Bruin" is an archaic term for bear. At one point it referred specifically to the brown bear -- Ursos
Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest)
Outlining the playing career of Metta World Peace(aka Ron Artest).
Basketball Contests That Will Add Life to your...
Here are a series of basketball contests you can run to add energy and enthusiasm to any practice and have fun while you are at it.
Bill Self
Bill Self Profile - Career history, accomplishments and profile of Bill Self, coach of the 2008 NCAA men's basketball champion Kansas Jayhawks
The Next Dream Team Coach
Mike Krzyzewski will step down as Team USA's coach with a 62-1 overall record, two Olympic championships and a World Championship. Who will take over?
An unconventional, chaotic half-court pressing...
The Chase Press is an unconventional half court
Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union. Basketball. Page 11.
Vanessa Williams
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 15.
NCAA Tournament Field Expands to 68 Teams
The NCAA has announced plans to expand the NCAA Tournament field to 68 teams as part of a new television contract with CBS and Turner Sports. Here's a look at how the new deal will affect March Madness.
Summer Basketball , "A Personal Narrative"
How to improve your basketball skills in the summer.
Adriana Lima
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 10.
Assists: John Stockton
John Stockton looks for the open man. Page 3.
Monica
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 13.
Jim Valvano
Name: Jim Valvano Position: Head Coach, Broadcaster Team: North Carolina State Wolfpack Career Record:
Duke Blue Devils Fact Sheet
Duke Blue Devils - Background information and quick facts on Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
Roster Depreciation Allowance
: Invented by then-Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck, the "roster depreciation allowance" is an obscure
Buy Tickets to the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta
Want to attend the 2013 Final Four at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta? The 2012 Final Four online ticket lottery is accepting applications through May 31, 2012.
Division I Career Scoring Leaders
The most prolific scorers in the history of Division I NCAA basketball. 1. "Pistol" Pete Maravich - 3,667
Simple Drills to Perfect Your Shooting Style
How To Do Simple Drills To Develop A Good Shooting Touch
Amortization
In business accounting terms, amortization is the deduction of a capital expense over a period of time. In an NBA context, amortization is how the price paid for a team is reflected in that team's balance sheets.
The NBA in Las Vegas?
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How to Dunk
If you want to improve your vertical leaping ability, start off by developing a solid base and core. Page 3.
Least-Likely Final Four Ever?
Ranked by average seed, the 2011 Final Four - which features VCU, Butler, Kentucky and Connecticut - is the least-likely group to reach the NCAA Tournament's final weekend since the NCAA began seeding teams.
Basketball Games and Equipment for Younger...
There are many basketball drills and equipment for younger children. Here are a few.
Tyra Banks
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 14.
How To Improve Your One on One Dribbling Skills...
Here are some key exercises to help you improve your ability to protect the basketball.
Show Cause
: The "Show Cause" penalty is perhaps the harshest in the NCAA's arsenal, as it essentially prevents
What is a snake draft?
: The so-called "snake" draft is the most common form of draft used in fantasy basketball leagues. Teams
Fantasy Basketball 101: Understanding...
Understanding Percentage Stats Putting together a winning fantasy basketball team is a lot easier if you understand how the statistics are compiled. For most statistical categories - points, rebounds, blocks, steals - that's simple: add 'em up. But for the percentage stats - most commonly field goal percentage and free throw percentage - it's not that easy.
Hope Dworaczyk
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Playboy 3-d Playmate Hope Dworaczyk. Page 12.
Academic Progress Rate (APR)
The Academic Progress Rate is a metric created by the NCAA to quantify how much progress member institutions make in moving student-athletes towards graduation.
NCAA Champions and Final Four Teams: 1939 - 1963
A complete list of NCAA Champions and Final Four teams, from the 1939 Oregon Ducks to the 1963 Loyola Ramblers.
Too Fat for the NBA?
Laker forward/center Derrick Caracter's contract reportedly contains incentive clauses that effectively double his salary if he maintains a certain weight. Fair? Unfair? Necessary?
What Is Flopping in Basketball?
Flopping - the act of pretending a foul has been committed in the hopes of fooling an official into blowing the whistle.
Alley Oop
An acrobatic play that ends in a mid-air slam dunk.
Vertical Jump
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "vertical leap" -- sometimes called
Louisville Cardinals Fact Sheet
Louisville Cardinals - Background information and quick facts on Louisville Cardinals men's basketball
UCLA's Ben Howland
UCLA coach Ben Howland cheers on his team during the Bruins' win over Western Kentucky. Page 10.
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant is the league's top scorer, and arguably the best basketball player in the world today.
Doc Rivers
Outlining Doc Rivers basketball career as a coach and player.
Letter of Intent
A letter of intent is a formal agreement that binds a given player to a given school.

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