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1. Fun Fact number one Dr. James Naismith invented basketball under the orders
    from Dr. Luther Gulick.
2. Fun Fact number one in 1963, Mississippi State, the sixth-ranked Southeastern
    Conference champion, changed basketball history, thanks to a perfectly run play
    to get out of the state.
3. Fun Fact number three in Jan 25, 1965 - One of the biggest traffic Jams
    in basketball history is going to occur soon at the top of the Southeastern
    Conference standings if someone doesn't start beating Mississippi State hit 56 per
    cent of its field goal attempts to hand Mississippi its 10th straight loss of the
4. Fun Fact number four, Basketball changed forever on March 19, 1966. Only four
    years after Mississippi State had boycotted the tournament rather than play an
    integrated team, seven black players were winning a national championship.
5. Fun Fact number five, Ole Miss’s Justin Reed was drafted by the Boston Celtics
6. Fun Fact number six in 1975 - STARKVILLE - Mississippi State has played a fair
    share of significant basketball games at Humphrey Coliseum since the facility
    opened in 1975.
7. Fun Fact number seven in Mar 20, 1977 Hermit Davis, whose Mississippi State
    basketball team soared and then plummeted this season, has resigned as head
    coach after the school's student association voted 27-1 to request a replacement.
8. Fun Fact number eight in Feb 9, 1971 - The eighth-ranked Wildcats held a four-
    point lead with to play before breaking Mississippi State's full-court press and
    taking a 65-50 lead in a three-minute stretch.
9. Fun Fact number nine in Feb 9, 1971 - The eighth-ranked Wildcats held a four-
    point lead with to play before breaking Mississippi State's full court press and
    taking a 65-50 lead in a three-minute stretch. Rupp, the number one coach in
    collegiate history, was hospitalized with a foot infection after the game.
10. Fun Fact number ten, the Lady Bulldog Booster Club, established in 1995, is
    made up of people of diverse ages and varied backgrounds who have come
    together to support the Mississippi State women's basketball program.
11. Fun Fact number eleven, Mississippi State basketball recruit Jackie Butler expects
    to meet with the NCAA to discuss his relationship with a summer league coach
    and his unofficial visit to Auburn in 2001.
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12. Fun Fact number twelve in Mar 16, 2003 The Kentucky-Mississippi
    State championship game sparks a full-blown rethinking of one of the more
    intriguing mysteries in recent UK basketball history.
13. Fun Fact number thirteen in Mar 1, 1957 - There's still another river to cross
    tonight for North the nation's top-ranked college basketball team. The Tar Heels
    take their glittering 23-0 record into the camp of bitter state rival Duke in their
    final Coast Conference tournament.
14. Fun Fact number fourteen in Feb 24, 1969 - Florida smashed Mississippi State 96-
    79 with the victory giving the Gators a 10- 5 conference record and a 15-7 season
    chart has four games left, but junior Pete Maravich already has scored more
    points in a two-year span than any other player in the history of
    college basketball.
15. Fun Fact number fifteen in Mar 4, 1969 - Louisiana State snapped out of a seven-
    game slump at Mississippi State by belting the Maroons 99-89 behind the
    55ppint shooting of Pete Maravich, but Alabama's losing streak continued.
16. Fun Fact number sixteen, taking more than 'a step and a half' without dribbling
    the ball is traveling. Moving your pivot foot once you've stopped dribbling is
17. Fun Fact number seventeen, dribbling the ball with both hands on the ball at the
    same time or picking up the dribble and then dribbling again is a double
18. Fun Fact number eighteen in high school and below, the halves are divided into
    eight minute quarters.
19. Fun Fact number nineteen, three free throws are awarded if the player is fouled
    while shooting for a three-point goal and they miss their shot. If a player is
    fouled while shooting a three-point shot and makes it anyway, he is awarded
    one free throw.
20. Fun Fact number twenty, if a defensive player interferes with a shot while it's on
    the way down toward the basket, while it's on the way up toward the basket
    after having touched the backboard, or while it's in the cylinder above the rim,
    it's goaltending and the shot counts. If committed by an offensive player, it's a
    violation and the ball is awarded to the opposing team for a throw-in.
21. Fun Fact number twenty-one, slam dunks were deemed illegal in 1967. The
    lasted nine years and came back for the 1976-1977 season.
22. Fun Fact number twenty-two, the first “hoops” were actually just peach baskets
    and the first backboard were made of wire.
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23. Fun Fact number twenty- three, once the offense has brought the ball across the
    mid-court line, they cannot go back across the line during possession. If they do,
    the ball is awarded to the other team to pass inbounds.
24. Fun Fact number twenty-four, a player passing the ball inbounds has five
    seconds to pass the ball. If he does not, then the ball is awarded to the other
    team. Other time restrictions include the rule that a player cannot have the ball
    for more than five seconds when being closely guarded and, in some states and
    levels, shot-clock restrictions requiring a team to attempt a shot within a given
    time frame.
25. Fun Fact number twenty-five in Jun 11, 1980 - Golden State also picked Ricky
    Brown, a 6-10 forward from Mississippi State; Larry Smith, a forward from Alcorn
    State, and Jeff Ruland, a 6-10 center ... learned to play team basketball under
    Dean Smith and is an excellent offensive rebounder and passer as well as a good
    ball handler.
26. Fun Fact number twenty-six in Jan 5, 1986 - LSU 90, Mississippi State 84- John
    Williams scored 29 points, and Nikita Wilson had 16 points and 12 rebounds at
    Baton Rouge, La., as the Tigers (14 -0 and 2-0) matched the best start in
    their history.
27. Fun Fact number twenty-seven in Mar 9, 1986 - After all, the Wildcats had won
    more games than any other team in college basketball history and hadn't had a
    losing season since 1927. The all- tournament team was comprised of Johnson and
    McKey, Harden, Mississippi State's Chauncey Robinson and LSU's John Williams.
28. Fun      Fact    number      twenty     eight   in    Oct    28,    1974   Former
    American Basketball Association and Mississippi State basketball coach James
    babe McCarthy has been readmitted. to the hospital where he was operated on
    for cancer in June.
29. Fun Fact number twenty-nine in Dec 10, 1973 - The University of
    Kentucky's basketball team suffered mi energy crisis, while Indiana found a new
    power source and beat the 10th ranked Wildcats 77-68 Arkansas at Mississippi.
30. Fun Fact number thirty Feb 18, 1976 - Alabama takes its basketball team busing
    from the boing-boing area of the state of Mississippi to the flit-flit area this
    week. Monday, the Crimson Tide sprang for victory at Oxford, 78-70 over a
    group of Ole Miss Rebels who leaped around the court on pogo stick legs only to
31. Fun Fact number thirty-one in Feb 16, 1978 - Mississippi State gets an opportunity
    Saturday night to tighten up the Southeastern Conference basketball race when
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    the Bulldogs meet third-ranked Kentucky at Lexington. The Wildcats, who lead
    the SEC with an 11-2 record and are 19-2 overall,
32. Fun Fact number thirty-two in Jan 15, 1979 - Alabama has conference victories
    over Mississippi State 87-65 Georgia 83-71 90- 76 and Kentucky 55-52 The
    Crimson Tide suffered its lone conference defeat at Tennessee, 85-77 Vanderbilt
    beat Mississippi 94-70 for its other conference victory and lost to Mississippi
    State 74-68 .
33. Fun       Fact     number        thirty-three    in     Mar       20,      1992  -
     Ohio State 83, Mississippi Valley State 56-The Buckeyes (24-5) scored 20
    consecutive points in the first half en route to their most and his North Carolina
    teammates will look back on the part they played in helping Dean Smith
    become the best coach in NCAA tournament history.
34. Fun Fact number thirty-four in 1996, the Mississippi State Bulldogs staged an
    improbable run to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
35. Fun Fact number thirty five in April 18, 1996 - Mississippi State basketball coach
    Richard Williams has been rewarded with a new four-year contract and a raise
    after a record-setting season.
36. Fun Fact number thirty-six in Feb 28, 1998 - Mississippi State (14-14) has never
    beaten Tennessee, and the Lady Bulldogs weren't about to change that against
    the two-time defending National Collegiate Athletic Association champions, who
    are being called one of the greatest women's teams in college basketball history.
37. Fun Fact number thirty-seven in Jan 22, 1961 - Mississippi State, leading
    the Southeastern Conference basket ball race and currently sitting on a
    comfortable home schedule, puts Its league record on the line tonight against the
    sizzling shooters of arch-rival Mississippi..
38. Fun Fact number thirty-nine in Dec 1, 1958 Mississippi State is rated capable of
    knocking Kentucky off its accustomed SEC basketball throne this year.
39. Fun Fact number forty; on defense, the center's main responsibility is to keep
    opponents from shooting by blocking shots and passes in the key area. They also
    are expected to get a lot of rebounds because they're taller.
40. Fun Fact number forty Defensive’s responsibilities include preventing drives to
    the goal and rebounding.
41. Fun Fact number forty-one, a Flagrant foul is violent contact with an opponent.
    This includes hitting, kicking, and punching. This type of foul results in free
    throws plus the offense retaining possession of the ball after the free throws.
42. Fun Fact number forty-two, a technical foul is when a player or a coach can
    commit this type of foul. It does not involve player contact or the ball but is
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    instead about the 'manners' of the game. Foul language, obscenity, obscene
    gestures, and even arguing can be considered a technical foul, as can technical
    details regarding filling in the scorebook improperly or dunking during warm-
43. Fun Fact number forty-three, blocking is illegal personal contact resulting from a
    defender not establishing position in time to prevent an opponent's drive to the
44. Fun Fact number forth-four, intentional foul is when a player makes physical
    contact with another player with no reasonable effort to steal the ball. It is a
    judgment call for the officials.
45. Fun Fact number forty-five, an excellent rebounding will improve your team's
    shooting percentage. Many times, offensive rebounds are put-backs from close
46. Fun Fact number forty-six in Apr 1970 - The NCAA also lifted a pro baton
    on Mississippi State and set Apr. 1970 as the end of an indefinite suspension on
    Utah State. In two major individual cases, the council gave Olympic track star
    John Carlos his eligibility for this spring at San Jose State.
47. Fun Fact number forty-seven in May 5, 1992 - Two-time Mississippi high school
    Player of the Year Othella Harrington, a 6-10 center from Jackson, signed a
    national letter of intent with Georgetown. Providence assistant Fran Fraschilla
    was named head basketball coach at Manhattan College.
48. Fun Fact number forty-eight, women's basketball began in 1892 at Smith
    College when Senda Berenson, a physical education teacher, modified Naismith's
    rules for women.
49. Fun Fact number forty-nine, by the 1950s, basketball had become a major
    college sport, thus paving the way for a growth of interest in professional
50. Fun Fact number fifty, Basketball was originally played with an association