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'''Villanova Wildcats''' - One of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s "Big Five" basketball programs,[[note]]the others being La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph's, and Temple[[/note]] [[FanNickname Nova]] has been a power in the region for decades, regularly making NCAA appearances, but made their first major splash in 1971, losing in the championship game to UCLA... though that game would be wiped from the record books when it came out that their biggest star had signed a pro contract during that season. The Wildcats' first championship in 1985 was one of the biggest shocks in NCAA tournament history this side of UMBC over Virginia (see below), defeating heavily favored Big East rival Georgetown thanks to shooting nearly 80% from the field. Nova has reached new heights in this century under current coach Jay Wright, winning its second national title in 2016 over North Carolina on a buzzer-beating three-pointer and its third in 2018 in dominant fashion, winning all of their tournament games by double digits.

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'''Villanova Wildcats''' - One of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s "Big Five" basketball programs,[[note]]the others being La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph's, and Temple[[/note]] [[FanNickname Nova]] has been a power in the region for decades, regularly making NCAA appearances, but made their first major splash in 1971, losing in the championship game to UCLA... though that game would be wiped from the record books when it came out that their biggest star had signed a pro contract during that season. The Wildcats' first championship in 1985 was one of the biggest shocks in NCAA tournament history this side of UMBC over Virginia (see below), defeating with Nova stunning heavily favored Big East rival Georgetown thanks to shooting nearly 80% from the field. Nova has reached new heights in this century under current coach Jay Wright, winning its second national title in 2016 over North Carolina on a buzzer-beating three-pointer and its third in 2018 in dominant fashion, winning all of their tournament games by double digits.
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Prominent programs in the NCAA historically include, but are not limited to, these teams. These are the seven who have (officially) won at least three NCAA tournaments. The Louisville Cardinals had also won three, but were stripped of their 2013 title after the NCAA found that a program staffer had paid a local madam thousands of dollars to provide [[HookersAndBlow strippers and prostitutes]] to players and recruits over a four-year period that included the championship team.

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Prominent programs in the NCAA historically include, but are not limited to, these teams. These are the seven eight who have (officially) won at least three NCAA tournaments. The Louisville Cardinals had also won three, but were stripped of their 2013 title after the NCAA found that a program staffer had paid a local madam thousands of dollars to provide [[HookersAndBlow strippers and prostitutes]] to players and recruits over a four-year period that included the championship team.


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'''Villanova Wildcats''' - One of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s "Big Five" basketball programs,[[note]]the others being La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph's, and Temple[[/note]] [[FanNickname Nova]] has been a power in the region for decades, regularly making NCAA appearances, but made their first major splash in 1971, losing in the championship game to UCLA... though that game would be wiped from the record books when it came out that their biggest star had signed a pro contract during that season. The Wildcats' first championship in 1985 was one of the biggest shocks in NCAA tournament history this side of UMBC over Virginia (see below), defeating heavily favored Big East rival Georgetown thanks to shooting nearly 80% from the field. Nova has reached new heights in this century under current coach Jay Wright, winning its second national title in 2016 over North Carolina on a buzzer-beating three-pointer and its third in 2018 in dominant fashion, winning all of their tournament games by double digits.
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One final special honorable mention goes out to the UMBC[[note]]Maryland–Baltimore County[[/note]] Retrievers, which in 2018 became the first #16 seed ever to defeat a #1 seed in the men's tournament, dominating the Virginia Cavaliers, never trailing in the second half on their way to a [[CurbStompBattle 20-point win]]]. The folks at [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] put up [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_UMBC_vs._Virginia_men%27s_basketball_game a page on the game]] within a couple of hours.

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One final special honorable mention goes out to the UMBC[[note]]Maryland–Baltimore County[[/note]] Retrievers, which in 2018 became the first #16 seed ever to defeat a #1 seed in the men's tournament, dominating the Virginia Cavaliers, never trailing in the second half on their way to a [[CurbStompBattle 20-point win]]].win]]. The folks at [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] put up [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_UMBC_vs._Virginia_men%27s_basketball_game a page on the game]] within a couple of hours.



After 68 teams are chosen to play and the announcement of the field is made one Sunday in mid-March on CBS, it's time for people from across America from all walks of life--up to and including a certain [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama former president]][[note]]Not terribly surprising, given that he's a former college basketball player himself (University of Hawaii) who's been known to play basketball to blow off steam--often against his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who led the Harvard Crimson in the late '80s and played pro ball in Australia for four years[[/note]]--to pick the teams they think will win each game by "filling out the bracket." This is done for fun, but some play betting games and hold office pools, which the NCAA looks down on. The study of the bracket is often referred to as "bracketology."

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After 68 teams are chosen to play and the announcement of the field is made one Sunday in mid-March on CBS, it's time for people from across America from all walks of life--up to and including a certain [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama former president]][[note]]Not terribly surprising, given that he's a former college basketball player himself (University of Hawaii) who's been known to play basketball to blow off steam--often against his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who led the Harvard Crimson in the late '80s and played pro ball in Australia for four years[[/note]]--to pick the teams they think will win each game by "filling out the bracket." This is done for fun, but some play betting games and hold office pools, which the NCAA looks down on. The study of the bracket is often referred to as "bracketology."
"bracketology".



''Notre Dame'': The Fighting Irish have emerged as a major national rival to [=UConn=] in recent years, though the Huskies have mostly had the upper hand. National champs in 2001 and runners-up in four NCAA tournaments in TheNewTens (to Texas A&M in 2011, Baylor in 2012, and [=UConn=] in 2014 and 2015), and alma mater of current WNBA stars Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jewell Loyd.

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''Notre Dame'': The Fighting Irish have emerged as a major national rival to [=UConn=] in recent years, though years. While the Huskies have mostly had the upper hand. hand overall, the Irish have a 4–3 lead in their NCAA tournament matchups. National champs in 2001 and 2018, and runners-up in four other NCAA tournaments in TheNewTens (to Texas A&M in 2011, Baylor in 2012, and [=UConn=] in 2014 and 2015), and alma mater of current WNBA stars Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jewell Loyd.
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* Lithuania: A former Soviet Republic where basketball seems to be the only sport practiced. Some famous NBA players were born here, including [=LeBron=]'s buddy Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, and the legendary Arvydas Sabonis (7'3"), who could have been the best player ever if he hadn't often been injured.[[note]] He still had the best stats in NBA for the minutes he was playing at age 35, after suffering a rupture of both Achilles tendons, and was then basically playing without jumping nor running. In fact, when he came to Portland in 1995, the Blazers' team doctor told the GM that Sabonis ''would qualify for a handicapped parking space based solely on his leg X-rays!''[[/note]] Other Lithuanian players play in major European teams.
* Spain: Won the 2006 World Championship (now World Cup) and the 2009 and 2013 European Championships. Have reached at least the semifinals in the last nine [=EuroBasket=] editions, and lost against the U.S.A. in the last two Olympic finals. Country of Pau Gasol, ex-forward of the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls and current power forward with the San Antonio Spurs; his brother Marc Gasol, ex-forward of the Lakers and current forward-center of the Grizzlies; Ricky Rubio, who showed signs of being the star of the future for the Minnesota Timberwolves before being traded to the Utah Jazz in 2017; and Serge Ibaka (born in the Republic of the Congo but naturalized in Spain), shot-blocking wizard who made his name with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to the Orlando Magic in 2016.

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* Lithuania: A former Soviet Republic where basketball seems to be the only sport practiced. Some famous NBA players were born here, including [=LeBron=]'s buddy Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, and the legendary Arvydas Sabonis (7'3"), who could have been the best player ever if he hadn't often been injured.[[note]] He still had the best stats in NBA for the minutes he was playing at age 35, after suffering a rupture of both Achilles tendons, and was then basically playing without jumping nor running. In fact, when he came to Portland in 1995, the Blazers' team doctor told the GM that Sabonis ''would qualify for a handicapped parking space based solely on his leg X-rays!''[[/note]] Other Lithuanian players play in major European teams.
teams. The domestic league is usually a battle between Žalgiris, Sabonis' old club from Kaunas, and Lietuvos rytas, from the capital city of Vilnius.
* Spain: Won the 2006 World Championship (now World Cup) and the 2009 and 2013 European Championships. Have reached at least the semifinals in the last nine [=EuroBasket=] editions, and lost against the U.S.A. in the last two Olympic finals. Country of Pau Gasol, ex-forward of the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls and current power forward with the San Antonio Spurs; his brother Marc Gasol, ex-forward of the Lakers and current forward-center of the Grizzlies; Ricky Rubio, who showed signs of being the star of the future for the Minnesota Timberwolves before being traded to the Utah Jazz in 2017; and Serge Ibaka (born in the Republic of the Congo but naturalized in Spain), shot-blocking wizard who made his name with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to the Orlando Magic in 2016. Spain's domestic league, Liga ACB,[[note]]"ACB" is the Spanish initialism for "Association of Basketball Clubs"[[/note]] is often considered the world's top league outside the NBA, with three especially prominent teams: the basketball sections of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, plus standalone basketball club Baskonia.



* Turkey: They may have only four or five notable teams found in this country (Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahçe Ülker usually being the big two, with Beşiktaş gaining some recent notice due to them grabbing big-name NBA players like Allen Iverson and Deron Williams, and Galatasaray and Karşıyaka also picking up recent titles), but they also have some good players that came from there like Hedo Türkoğlu, Mehmet Okur, Ersan İlyasova, Ömer Aşık, Semih Erden, and recent Turk Enes Kanter. Basically, they gained interest in basketball starting in 2001 when they got a silver medal in the European Tournament and will more likely than not gain ''more'' interest with ''another'' silver medal while being the hosts for the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

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* Turkey: They may have only four or five notable teams found in this country (Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahçe Ülker usually being the big two, with Beşiktaş gaining some recent notice due to them grabbing big-name NBA players like Allen Iverson and Deron Williams, and Galatasaray and Karşıyaka also picking up recent titles), but they also have some good players that came from there like Hedo Türkoğlu, Mehmet Okur, Ersan İlyasova, Ömer Aşık, Semih Erden, and recent Turk Enes Kanter. Basically, they gained interest in basketball starting in 2001 when they got a silver medal in the European Tournament and will more likely than not gain ''more'' interest with ''another'' silver medal while being the hosts for the 2010 FIBA World Championships.


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* Also of note is the [=EuroLeague=], basketball's equivalent to the UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague. Although it began under the control of FIBA's European section, it's been operated by the big European clubs throughout this century. The competition involves 16 teams, 11 of which are shareholders in the competition's governing body, Euroleague Basketball (not in camel case). The other five consist of four invited teams, based on performance in domestic leagues, plus the winner of the previous season of Euroleague Basketball's second-tier [=EuroCup=] (analogous to football's Europa League). Since the 2016–17 edition, these teams play a full home-and-away league, with the top four teams advancing to the Final Four, run in the same manner as the NCAA version except that the [=EuroLeague=] still plays a third-place game. The 11 long-term licensees are:
** Greece: Olympiacos, Panathinaikos
** Israel: Maccabi Tel Aviv
** Italy: Olimpia Milano
** Lithuania: Žalgiris
** Russia: CSKA Moscow
** Spain: Baskonia, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid
** Turkey: Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahçe
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* Australia: Basketball gained considerable popularity in the early 90s, with Michael Jordan being named as young Australians' favourite sportsman (to the alarm of some people who didn't like the fact that an American got top spot) and the local National Basketball League airing on prime-time TV. After Jordan's retirement, it declined in popularity, with several NBL teams merging or folding, including the Sydney Kings and Brisbane Bullets, which left the league without teams in two of the country's three largest cities (although the Kings eventually made a comeback). It remains popular at grass-roots level, though. Notable Australian basketballers include former stars Luc Longley and Andrew Gaze, and present stars Andrew Bogut, Dante Exum, and Ben Simmons. Also, the Australia squad for the 2014 FIBA World Cup featured five players who were either already in the NBA or signed with a team for the following season. Emerging superstar Kyrie Irving was born in Australia while his father was playing in the NBL, but his parents (both Americans) returned stateside when he was two years old, and he's playing international ball for Team USA. Notably, the Australian men's basketball system is surprisingly well-integrated with that of the US—all of the Aussies named in this section played college ball in the States, and Exum and Simmons are the Australia-born sons of American players.

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* Australia: Basketball gained considerable popularity in the early 90s, with Michael Jordan being named as young Australians' favourite sportsman (to the alarm of some people who didn't like the fact that an American got top spot) and the local National Basketball League airing on prime-time TV. After Jordan's retirement, it declined in popularity, with several NBL teams merging or folding, including the Sydney Kings and Brisbane Bullets, which left the league without teams in two of the country's three largest cities (although the Kings eventually made a comeback). It remains popular at grass-roots level, though. Notable Australian basketballers include former stars Luc Longley and Andrew Gaze, and present stars Andrew Bogut, Dante Exum, and Ben Simmons. Also, the Australia squad for the 2014 FIBA World Cup featured five players who were either already in the NBA or signed with a team for the following season. Emerging superstar Kyrie Irving was born in Australia while his father was playing in the NBL, but his parents (both Americans) returned stateside when he was two years old, and he's playing international ball for Team USA. Notably, the Australian men's basketball system is surprisingly well-integrated with that of the US—all of the Aussies named in this section except Exum played college ball in the States, and Exum and Simmons are the Australia-born sons of American players.
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Competitively, basketball is played worldwide. However, it is in North America that it is most popular, where it competes neck-and-neck with UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} for second place after [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]].

! Professional Basketball in America: The NBA

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Competitively, basketball is played worldwide. However, it is most popular in North America that it is most popular, America, where it competes neck-and-neck with UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} baseball for second place after [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]].

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Professional Basketball in America: The NBA



! Other Popular Basketball Leagues

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! !! Other Popular Basketball Leagues
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Basketball was created in 1891 by James Naismith, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] physical fitness professor at a Massachusetts school; he wanted to find a way to allow his students to exercise indoors during the cold New England winters. After coming up with a game that would involve throwing a ball into a raised goal, he looked for some boxes for goals, but [[SerendipityWritesThePlot could only find peach baskets to nail up.]]

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Basketball was created in 1891 by James Naismith, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] Canadian]]-born physical fitness professor at a Massachusetts school; he wanted to find a way to allow his students to exercise indoors during the cold New England winters. After coming up with a game that would involve throwing a ball into a raised goal, he looked for some boxes for goals, but [[SerendipityWritesThePlot could only find peach baskets to nail up.]]
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Basketball was created in 1891 by James Naismith, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] physical fitness professor in a Massachusetts school; he wanted to find a way to allow his students to exercise indoors during the cold New England winters. After coming up with a game that would involve throwing a ball into a raised goal, he looked for some boxes for goals, but [[SerendipityWritesThePlot could only find peach baskets to nail up.]]

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Basketball was created in 1891 by James Naismith, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] physical fitness professor in at a Massachusetts school; he wanted to find a way to allow his students to exercise indoors during the cold New England winters. After coming up with a game that would involve throwing a ball into a raised goal, he looked for some boxes for goals, but [[SerendipityWritesThePlot could only find peach baskets to nail up.]]
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Basketball was first created by James Naismith, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] physical fitness professor in a Massachusetts school - he wanted to find a way to allow his students to exercise indoors during the cold New England winters. After coming up with a game that would involve throwing a ball into a raised goal, he looked for some boxes for goals, but [[SerendipityWritesThePlot could only find peach baskets to nail up.]]

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Basketball was first created in 1891 by James Naismith, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] physical fitness professor in a Massachusetts school - school; he wanted to find a way to allow his students to exercise indoors during the cold New England winters. After coming up with a game that would involve throwing a ball into a raised goal, he looked for some boxes for goals, but [[SerendipityWritesThePlot could only find peach baskets to nail up.]]
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Ah, basketball. One of the Big Four sports in the United States (UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball, UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}, and UsefulNotes/IceHockey are the others), basketball has a rich and interesting history.

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Ah, basketball. One of the Big Four team sports in the United States (UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball, UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}, and UsefulNotes/IceHockey are the others), basketball has a rich and interesting history.
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