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2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Final Four

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Women’s Final Four tournament: March 30 and April 1, 2018

Men’s Final Four tournament: March 31 and April 2, 2018

According to the Library of Congress, the first college basketball game was played on January 18, 1896.

“In December 1891, Canadian-born James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) training school, took a soccer ball and a peach basket and in the gym invented basketball. In 1893, he replaced the peach basket with iron hoops and a hammock-style basket. Ten years later came the open-ended nets of today. Before that, you had to retrieve your ball from the basket every time you scored.”

“In 1963, college games were first broadcast on national TV, but it wasn't until the 1980s that sports fans ranked basketball up there with football and baseball. It's a popular neighborhood sport, too. The next time you shoot hoops with your family or friends, you can tell them how it all got started.”

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Key Stats:

Source: 2016 Population Estimates. 

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From QuickFacts:

QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. QuickFacts tables are summary profiles showing frequently requested data items from various U.S. Census Bureau programs.

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From Census.gov > USA Trade Online:

Create an account. Select options for “Harmonized System (HS)” or “HS.” Select “Exports” or “Imports.” Type “basketball" in the "Commodity" search box. Then select options for geography and/or time. Select “Report” for data. For more information, see Quick Start Guide.

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From the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012 — 131st Edition:

“The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published from 1878 to 2012, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

“It is designed to serve as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to other statistical publications and sources both in print and on the Web.

“These sources of data include the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.”

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