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College Sports Trivia

 
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Which three schools are winningest men's basketball division 1 programs in history?
 
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Kentucky UCLA NC
 
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Not exactly, sorry, Paul.
Hint: in 1997, Arizona Wildcat won national championship. En route to the title, Arizona beat all 3 teams.
 
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Well, 'winningest' is not very accurate. Winnin national championship is considered to be the best team during that year. But a team only play at most 5 games in NCAA tournament, comparing to ~25 games during regular season and conference tournament. Among those ~25 games, over half are within conference.
So being in a weak conference will definitly improve winning percentage. In fact, some school having a 100% winning record may not even be invited to the 'Big Dance'.
UCLA has the best NCAA tournament record in the country, it won the most number of national championship. But I guess being in PAc-10 conference (one of the best conference in college basketball) reduced its winning percentage overall. But I think it still has a very good winning percentage.
 
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By your response, it sounds like only UCLA was wrong. So lets go with Kentucky NC and Kansas.
 
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Correct!
Arizona made a great run in 1997 NCAA tournament. As a regional #4 seed. They face Kansas in reginal semi. Kansas is #1 overall, with a 30-0 record, under Roy Williams, is everyone's favorite. Arizona won. In the national semi-final, they also beat North Carolina coached by Dean Smith.
In the final, they met Kentucky and Rick Pitino. That is the 'best' game I ever watched. There were ~20 lead change in the game. Neither team lead more than 3 points in 40 min, game went to OT. In the last ~2 minutes of OT, Kentucky is trailing, they use full court press, try to catch up. Each time Arizona player has ball, he will be fouled. I think Miles Simon made all ~10 big free throw down the strech for Arizona.
In the closing second, Arizona has ball again. Kentucky player shout 'foul' on the bench. But all the Kentucky player were so exhaust, both physically and mentally, lost the will to win, all drop to their knees.
What a Blockbuster game!
 
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