13 Facts About NCAA basketball


In United States colleges, top-tier basketball is governed by collegiate athletic bodies including National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Junior College Athletic Association, and the National Christian College Athletic Association .

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The date of the first formal NCAA basketball game played at the Springfield YMCA Training School under Naismith's rules is generally given as December 21,1891.

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Not long afterward, assisted by the 1951 scandals based in New York City, the NCAA basketball tournament had become more prestigious than before, with conference champions and the majority of top-ranked teams competing there.

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In 2011, the NCAA basketball field expanded to 68 teams and the last 8 teams playing for four spots making the field into 64, which is called the first round and so on.

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Original rules for NCAA basketball were very different from today's modern rules of the sport, including the use of eight players per side.

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The last Division I school to play as an independent in NCAA basketball was NJIT, which was forced to go independent in 2013 after the collapse of its former all-sports league, the Great West Conference.

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Fewer high schoolers have progressed directly to the NBA without at least one year of college NCAA basketball beginning in 2006; citing maturity concerns after several incidents involving young players, the labor agreement between players and owners now specifies that players must turn 19 years of age during the calendar year of the draft to be eligible.

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College NCAA basketball remains more popular than the NBA in some regions of the United States, such as in North Carolina and the Midwest .

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Also, NCAA basketball teams are allowed 10 seconds to move the ball past the halfcourt line, while NBA and WNBA rules allow only 8 seconds.

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NCAA basketball players are allowed five personal fouls before fouling out, as opposed to their NBA counterparts, who are allowed six.

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In college NCAA basketball, it is required by rule that the home team wears their white or light-colored jerseys while the visiting team wears their darker jersey color.

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NCAA basketball rules have no set dress code rule, leaving it up to individual teams or conferences.

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Games other than NCAA basketball D-I are rarely televised by national media, although CBS televises the Championship Final of NCAA basketball Division II, while CBS College Sports Network televises the semifinals as well as the Division III Final.

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