INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 21: Head coach Kelvin Sampson of the Houston Cougars reacts during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

I think it’s time for a not-too-early- college basketball quiz.  Even though March Madness is several weeks away, I stumbled across this fun fact:  On this day in 1896 the first ever five-on-five college basketball game was played.  Five guys from the University of Iowa invited five students from the University of Chicago to come over for an experimental game.  The kids from Chicago must have understood the rules pretty well because they beat Iowa 15-12.  Maybe it was because Iowa didn’t have a crazy Fran McCaffrey-type coach screaming at everybody.  But I digress.

However, since college basketball is well into its conference schedules, it’s time to take a closer look at college hoops.

So, during Wiki-Pete-ia on the Shemon and Sheppard Show on ESPN Southwest Florida, we will execute a college basketball quiz of sorts.  We play Wiki-Pete-ia every weekday at 4:45 against caller number nine at 239-337-3776 / 239-337-ESPN.  But for those of you who can’t get through, I like to post these questions.   Now, you may play against your friends and family and impress them all with your infinite knowledge!

We will examine current rankings for 2023 and take a look back down memory lane with some of the game’s greats.  You also know, because of me, there will be a question or two about Indiana University.  Therefore, get ready for a not-too-early college basketball quiz on Wiki-Pete-ia.  Good Luck!

Craig Shemon

  • 1. WHO IS CURRENTLY RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE A.P. POLL?

  • A: HOUSTON

  • 2. WHERE IS PROVIDENCE RANKED IN THE A.P. POLL?

  • A: 22

  • 3. WHAT CONFERENCE IS PROVIDENCE IN?

  • A: BIG EAST

  • 4. IN 1939 WHO WON THE FIRST NATTY?

  • A: OREGON

  • 5. THE LAST SCHOOL TO GO UNDEFEATED AND WIN A NATTY?

  • A: INDIANA 1976

  • 6. THE FIRST 16 SEED TO UPSET A 1 SEED IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT?

  • A: UMBC BEAT VIRGINIA

  • 7. WHO HIT THE GAME WINNING SHOT TO GIVE DEAN SMITH HIS FIRST TITLE AT NORTH CAROLINA?

  • A: MICHAEL JORDAN

  • 8. AT AGE 31, WHO WAS THE YOUNGEST COACH TO WIN A NATTY?

  • A: BRANCH MCCRACKEN AT INDIANA IN 1940

  • 9. THREE PEOPLE HAVE WON NATTY'S AS A PLAYER AND COACH. NAME THEM?

  • A: JOE B. HALL, BOB KNIGHT, DEAN SMITH

  • 10. WHERE IS THE 2023 MEN'S FINAL FOUR?

  • A: HOUSTON

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