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By The Numbers: Basketball Edition

As the first high school basketball games are preparing to take place, let’s take a look at records, and facts about the sport.

 

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“Pebbles” or bumps that are on the surface of a basketball. The bumpy surface of the basketball allows players to have more control over the ball due to the presence of friction.

 

 

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hours for the longest high school basketball game in 2004. Held to beat the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest basketball, the Beatrice High School boys basketball team played from 8 a.m. August 6 until 2:12 p.m. on August 7. The final score was 4,107-4,018.

 

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years that slam dunks were considered illegal within the sport. Known as the “Lew Alcindor Rule”, the no slam dunking ban began in 1967 to prevent sophomore basketball player Lew Alcindor, who stood nearly 7 feet tall, from easily scoring points.

 

 

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years after the invention of basketball, the first female game took place at Smith College on March 23. There were several requirements for the first female game including no men in attendance, all the doors had to remain locked.

 

 

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year basketball shorts became longer and looser due to a request from Michael Jordan. The inseams of basketball shorts from the 1960s until now increased from three inches to eleven.

 

 

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inches is the diameter of the a basketball hoop’s steel rim.

 

 

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year James Naismith was credited for inventing the sport of basketball. Based off of a game Naismith played as a child, he fined tuned the idea when the town he lived in was in need of an indoor sport for students to play during the winter.

 

 

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jersey numbers that cannot be worn college basketball players. These numbers are 6, 7, 8, and 9. This rule was created to prevent officiating errors between referees and scorers when discussing certain players.

 

 

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basketball injuries involving 12 to 17 year old basketball players that resulted in emergency room visits in the United States.

 

 

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years since Danny Heater scored 135 points in a single basketball game. This accomplishment earned him the all-time record for high school hoops. Since Heater’s record, there have been over 25 players that have scored 100 points or more in a single game and over 29 players internationally.

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