Court game, points are scored by tossing ball through a hoop

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball (approximately 24 cm in diameter) through the defender's hoop (a basket 46 cm in diameter mounted 3.048 meters high to a backboard at each end of the court) while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Articles

Before March Madness, by Gary North, 6 Apr 2004
"UCLA ... won again in 1965, establishing the all-time scoring record for the final four games: 100 points/game. That was the tentative beginning of March madness for NCAA basketball. ... The next year, Lew Alcindor arrived on the varsity at UCLA. By the time UCLA's reign of terror ended in 1975, March Madness was a TV ratings factor."
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The Low-Key Man Who Gave Us March Madness, by Gary North, 18 Mar 2006
"There are few agreed-upon dynasties in college sports. John Wooden's is the best-known one. Between 1964 and 1975, his teams won ten NCAA championships ... His teams won 88 in a row, eclipsing the 60-game record that the University of San Francisco had set with Bill Russell and K. C. Jones. He was named coach of the year six times."

Cartoons and Comic Strips

By the way, did you realize that George Mason ..., by Jeff Danziger, 28 Mar 2006

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Basketball" as of 02 Dec 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.