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Knowing the Basics of Basketball will help you to better appreciate the skill and finesse that players at the college and pro level demonstrate every time they take the court.
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How March Madness Works

The NCAA tournaments are an American tradition that sends millions of fans into a synchronized frenzy each year. Find out how teams get a ticket to the "Big Dance" and how the match-ups are selected.

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  • Do men really schedule their vasectomies during March Madness?

    Do men really schedule their vasectomies during March Madness?

    Some combos make sense to us. There's Homer and Marge. Bagels and cream cheese. Vasectomies and March Madness. Wait, what? See more »

  • Game On: Basketball Quiz

    Game On: Basketball Quiz

    He shoots, he scores! Think you've got what it takes to drain it with nothing but net? Take our basketball quiz to find out if you're a true baller or if you just like the clothes. See more »

  • How Basketball Works

    How Basketball Works

    The squeak of the shoes the roar of the coach the jab of the elbow! To many of us basketball is the American pastime. Whether you're just getting into the sport or you're a fan looking for a refresher our primer will bring you up to speed. See more »

  • How March Madness Works

    How March Madness Works

    The NCAA tournaments are an American tradition that sends millions of fans into a synchronized frenzy each year. Find out how teams get a ticket to the "Big Dance" and how the match-ups are selected. See more »

  • Is there a science to bracketology?

    Is there a science to bracketology?

    To some people, the month of March means the beginning of spring. To others, it's time to party for St. Patrick's Day. But for college basketball fans, March means only one thing: March Madness. Before you place any bets, though, you need to fill out your bracket. See more »

  • Theo Ratliff's Keys to Success in the NBA

    Theo Ratliff's Keys to Success in the NBA

    Over his nine years in the NBA, Theo Ratliff has endured everything from a broken wrist to a cracked kneecap -- and when he swore off anti-inflammatories his play time was truly painful. Find out how he changed his approach to training and made himself healthier and more effective. See more »

  • Great Basketball Players

    Great Basketball Players

    The greatest basketball players of all time are compiled in these pages. Learn about the legendary forwards, guards, centers and coaches that bring the game to life, from George Mikan to Shaquille O'Neal. See more »

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