Your Final (Four) Exam

How much do you know about the last four teams standing?

March 30, 2007

By Bryan Armen Graham



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Sharpen those pencils and pick up those bluebooks -- it's time too see how much you know about the four teams that have negotiated a path to college basketball's brightest stage. There's a little history here -- but the clear emphasis is on current events. So if you've really been paying attention this season, you should have no problem handling these softballs.


Good luck!


1.       The Georgia Dome plays host to this weekend's event. How many schools from the Peach State have appeared in the NCAAs?


a.       Three

b.       Four

c.        Five

d.       Six


2.       With two wins in Atlanta, Georgetown would become the first Catholic school to win the national championship since:


a.       Georgetown

b.       Villanova

c.        Marquette

d.       Boston College


3.       Ohio State senior Ron Lewis, who has averaged a team-high 21.8 points throughout the NCAAs, transferred from which Mid-American Conference school to finish his career with the Buckeyes?


a.       Akron

b.       Toledo

c.        Ohio

d.       Bowling Green


4.       Texas freshman Kevin Durant was named the Associated Press player of the year Friday amid this weekend's Final Four celebration. How many previous AP players of the year have hailed from the Big 12/Big Eight Conference in the 46-year history of the award?


a.       Zero

b.       One

c.        Two

d.       Three


5.       Ben Howland has carved out a reputation as one of the game's premier defensive minds -- a field of emphasis with roots that trace back to the fourth-year UCLA coach's playing days. Name the school where Howland won a pair of Big Sky defensive player of the year awards.


a.       Eastern Washington

b.       Northern Arizona

c.        Weber State

d.       Montana


6.       Which of the following schools has NOT been ranked No. 1 in both football and men's basketball during the same week?


a.       Ohio State

b.       Notre Dame

c.        UCLA

d.       Michigan


7.       TRUE OR FALSE: This year's Final Four marks the first time in history that each participating school enters the national semifinals with 30 or more victories.


a.       True

b.       False


8.       Ohio State teammates and longtime friends Mike Conley, Jr., and Greg Oden won three consecutive Indiana state titles as prepsters and amassed a 103-7 record over four years while playing for which school?


a.       Muncie Central

b.       Carmel High School

c.        Washington

d.       Lawrence North


9.       The first McDonald's High School All-American game took place in 1978. Name the only NCAA Division I men's basketball champion since 1979 -- when the committee began seeding each participating team -- which did not have a single McDonald's All-American on its roster.


a.       Arizona (1997)

b.       Michigan State (2000)

c.        Maryland (2002)

d.       Florida (2006)


10.    UCLA and Florida are appearing in the Final Four for the second consecutive season. When was the last time two schools advanced to the final weekend in back-to-back years?


a.       UCLA and North Carolina (in 1968 and 1969)

b.       Duke and UNLV (in 1990 and 1991)

c.        Duke and Michigan (in 1992 and 1993)

d.       Kentucky and North Carolina (in 1997 and 1998)


11.    Out of the 100 student-athletes that have gone through the Georgetown men's basketball program since 1972, there have been 98 who have graduated with their degrees. Name the two players who have yet to finish their graduation requirements at the esteemed D.C. school.


a.       Allen Iverson and Alonzo Mourning

b.       Alonzo Mourning and Mike Sweetney

c.        Allen Iverson and Victor Page

d.       Eric Floyd and Allen Iverson


12.    Should Ohio State win the school's first national championship since 1960, there's a fair chance that one of that team's standout first-year players would garner Most Outstanding Player honors for the NCAA Tournament. Which of the following players who made invaluable contributions to their title teams as freshman did NOT collect the MOP award?


a.       Utah's Arnie Ferrin in 1944

b.       North Carolina's Michael Jordan in 1982

c.        Louisville's Pervis Ellison in 1986

d.       Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony in 2003


13.    Florida looks to become to first team since Duke in 1992 to complete a successful defense of the national championship. Name the last defending champ to even reach the Final Four.


a.       Kentucky in 1997

b.       Michigan State in 2001

c.        Duke in 2002

d.       Connecticut in 2005


14.    The Final Four teams have amassed a combined 27-1 mark during this year's postseason, which includes conference tournaments. Name the school which recorded that lone blemish -- the only team to defeat one of this weekend's four participants over that span.


a.       California

b.       Notre Dame

c.        Arizona

d.       Washington


15.    Who is Florida's leading scorer?


a.       Joakim Noah

b.       Al Horford

c.        Taurean Green

d.       Corey Brewer


16.    If UCLA tops Florida on Saturday but loses in Monday night's national championship game, the Bruins would become the fourth team in the event's history to finish as the national runner-up in consecutive seasons. Which of the following schools does NOT have a claim to this dubious distinction?


a.       Cincinnati

b.       Ohio State

c.        Houston

d.       Michigan


17.    Ohio State coach Thad Matta was the second of two coaches to lead two different schools to the NCAA Tournament in his first season with each team -- turning the trick with Butler (2001) and Xavier (2002). Who was the first to accomplish this feat?


a.       Pete Gillen

b.       Skip Prosser

c.        Lefty Driesell

d.       Eddie Sutton


18.    This year marks the third time that each of the Final Four schools have previously won national championships. The first time occurred in 1993, when North Carolina, Michigan, Kentucky and Kansas won their regions. In which tournament did the second occur?


a.       1995

b.       1998

c.        2001

d.       2004


19.    Which Division I school has the longest active losing streak in NCAA Tournament play?


a.       Pennsylvania

b.       Arizona State

c.        Murray State

d.       Oral Roberts


20.    Which famous coach did NOT end his career with a victory in the national championship game?


a.       John Wooden

b.       Al McGuire

c.        Larry Brown

d.       Dean Smith



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