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A number of U.S. colleges adopted the game between about 1893 and 1895. In 1934 the first college games were staged in New York City's Madison Square Garden, and college basketball began to attract heightened interest. By the 1950s basketball had become a major college sport, thus paving the way for a growth of interest in professional basketball.
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History. The history of basketball can be traced back to a YMCA International Training School, known today as Springfield College, located in Springfield, Massachusetts.The sport was created by a physical education teacher named James Naismith, who in the winter of 1891 was given the task of creating a game that would keep track athletes in shape and that would prevent them from getting hurt.
The first college basketball game that did incorporate the modern five-to- a-side limitations took place between the University of Iowa and the University of Chicago on January 18, 1896, when Chicago squeaked by Iowa 15-12. Soon after, in 1898, the first professional basketball league was formed.
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official game was played in the YMCA gymnasium in Albany, New York on January 20, 1892 with nine players. The game ended at 1–0; the shot was made from 25 feet (7.6 m), on a court just half the size of a present-day Streetball or National Basketball Association (NBA) court. By 1897–1898 teams of five became standard. College basketball
Biggest point-spread upsets in NCAA Championship Game history: Connecticut +9.5 over Duke, 77–74, in 1999; Villanova +9 over Georgetown, 66–64, in 1985; Kansas +8 over Oklahoma, 83–79, in 1988; North Carolina State +7.5 over Houston, 54–52 in 1983; Texas Western +6.5 over Kentucky, 72–65 in 1966; Highly seeded teams
Christian Laettner's perfect game (10 for 10 from the field, 10 for 10 from the foul line), along with the most replayed winning shot in college basketball history, cements his status as one of ...