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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Did you know that these Actors Passed on these Blockbuster Movie Roles?

Will Smith – Neo, The Matrix

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Will Smith passed on the role of Neo as did Ewan McGregor. Will Smith said, “You know, The Matrix is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn’t see it. I watched Keanu’s performance – and very rarely do I say this – but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up The Matrix. At that point I wasn’t smart enough as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu was smart enough to just let it be. Let the movie and the director tell the story, and don’t try and perform every moment.” Will Smith went on to star in I, Robot.

9. W.C. Fields – Wizard, The Wizard of Oz

The part of the Wizard was written for W.C. Fields and it seems that it was perfect role, a traveling con man. He turned down the role for the most famous of reasons…money. He was only offered $75,000 by MGM but he wanted $100,000. Other sources say he turned it down to write You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man. The role went to Frank Morgan.

8. Cary Grant – James Bond

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The producers of the James Bond films originally approached Cary Grant about playing the role of Britain’s 007 agent. Cary declined the role because he didn’t want to be tied to a film series. The role went to Sean Connery starting with Dr. No in 1962. Fleming wasn’t entirely happy with the choice. “He’s not exactly what I had in mind,” said Fleming.

7. Bette Davis – Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind




Bette Davis turned down the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. The role went to Vivien Leigh. Davis decided to pass on the role when she thought Errol Flynn would by playing the part of Rhett. She had refused to work with him earlier.

6. Sean Connery – Gandalf, Lord of the Ring Trilogy

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Amazingly, Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy. His reason for passing on the role was due to the length of time for filming – 18 months. Sir Ian McKellan won the role and everyone couldn’t be happier. Mr. Connery said he had never read Tolkein and when he read the script he referred to the hobbits as bobbits.

5. Daryl Hannah – Vivian, Pretty Woman



Daryl Hannah turned down the role of the hooker, Vivian, because she felt it was demeaning to women. Strangely, she later appeared in Dancing at the Blue Iguana in the role of a stripper. Even more unbelievable, Molly Ringwald also passed on the role of Vivian. Vivian’s role was soon nabbed by Julia Roberts.









4. Kevin Costner – Bill, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2



Mr. Costner turned down the role of Bill in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2. He opted instead to direct Open Range in yet another poor career choice…cough, cough Water World.










3. John Cusack – John Bender, The Breakfast Club

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I think John Cusack is one of the finest actors of my generation and I’m very disappointed that he didn’t get to be part of The Breakfast Club. Of course, he was a mainstay in the teenage angst movies of the 80s, so I’m happy. He was originally the actor chosen to play John Bender. Unfortunately he was unable to fit it into his schedule and Judd Nelson ended up in the role.

2. Bruce Willis – Sam Wheat, Ghost




Bruce Willis turned down the role of Sam Wheat in Ghost “because he didn’t think the plot would work and that playing a ghost would be detrimental to his career”. Ironically, he played a ghost in The Sixth Sense and he would have played opposite his now ex-wife, Demi Moore.

1. Al Pacino – Han Solo, Star Wars

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Al Pacino, Nick Nolte and Christopher Walken were all considered for the role of Han Solo. Even harder to imagine, supposedly Burt Reynolds turned down the role. Harrison Ford took the part and the rest is box office history.


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Did you know what Porn Star has appeared in Guinness Book of World Records?

Did you know that Ron Jeremy is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for "Most Appearances in Adult Films"?

Did you know that Ron Jeremy entry on the Internet Adult Film Database lists more than 2,000 films in which he has performed, and an additional 281 films which he directed?














Did you know that John Holmes was the next highest-ranked male star on the AVN Top 50 porn stars[3] he was only credited with performing in 384?














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Did you know what actor has appeared in more movies?

Ned Beatty with 156.










Lloyd Bridges appeared in 217 movies.








Ward Bond appeared in 258 movies!









Adoor Bhasi. Before his death in 1990, Bhasi was featured in 549 films.







Mel Blanc is the actor in the most American movies at 1007!

India made a record of 948 movies in just one year, 1990, and Indian actors regularly make more movies than Hollywood actors.
















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Did you know what actor won a Best Featured Actor Tony for a stage performance, and won the Best Actor Oscar when he repeated the role on film?

Surprisingly, Yul Brynner's King of Siam was considered a supporting role
when he first played the part in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical in 1951.
When he did the movie in 1956, he was upgraded.


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Did You Know These Black Fraternities for ladies?

A Brief Overview of Black Greek Letter Sororities and Fraternities

Alpha  Kappa AlphaAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 15, 1908 by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle at Howard University. AKA became America's first Greek-letter sorority founded by and for African American women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood composed of women who have consciously chosen this affiliation as a means of self-fulfillment through volunteer service.

Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life; and serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 170,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.

The official colors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are salmon pink and apple green and the official symbol is the ivy leaf.

Open Motto: “By Merit and By Culture”


Alpha Phi  AlphaAlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity, was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University. The seven founders recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the "Jewels" of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy. The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell.

The Jewel founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity. Continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African-Americans.

The official colors of the Alpha Phi Alpha are black and old gold and the official symbol is the Sphinx.

Open Motto: “Manly deeds, scholarship and love for all mankind”


Delta  Sigma ThetaDelta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University. The founders of Delta Sigma Theta are Winona Cargile Alexander, Madree Penn White, Wertie Blackwell Weaver, Vashti Turley Murphy, Ethel Cuff Black, Frederica Chase Dodd, Osceola Macarthy Adams, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Edna Brown Coleman, Edith Mott Young, Marguerite Young Alexander, Naomi Sewell Richardson, Eliza P. Shippen, Zephyr Chisom Carter, Myra Davis Hemmings, Mamie Reddy Rose, Bertha Pitts Campbell, Florence Letcher Toms, Olive Jones, Jessie McGuire Dent, Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Ethel Carr Watson.

These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and public service. The first public act performed by the Delta Founders involved their participation in the Women's Suffrage in Washington D.C., March 1913. Delta Sigma Theta was incorporated in 1930.

The official colors of Delta Sigma Theta are crimson and crème and the official symbol is Fortitude.

Open Motto: “Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom”


Zeta Phi  BetaZeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded at Howard University with five creative, socially conscious women on January 16, 1920 as the sister organization of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The founders, known as the Five Pearls, Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie, Pearl Neal were strong, principled coeds who possessed a great deal of modesty, strength of character and pride in academic achievement.

"Zeta Phi Beta was founded on principles which promote the advancement of women, such as finer womanhood, service, scholarship, and sisterly love. These ideals are reflected in the sorority's national programs for which its members and auxiliary groups provide untotaled hours of voluntary service to outreach programs, scholarship funds, and legislation for social and civic change.”

The official colors of Zeta Phi Beta are royal blue and pure white and the official symbol is the White dove.

Open Motto: “A Community-Conscious, Action-Oriented Organization”


Sigma  Gamma RhoSigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded at the predominantly white campus of Butler University on November 12, 1922. The sorority was organized by seven school teachers, Nannie Mae Johnson, Mary Lou Gardner Little, Vivian White Marbury, Bessie Martin, Cubena McClure, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, and Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, who shared a vision of true sisterhood.

The group became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929 and has the distinction of being the first African-American greek organization on Butler's campus. Sigma Gamma Rho provides leadership, service and resources toward removing barriers and inequalities so that all peoples of America may develop their potential in the name of "Greater Service, Greater Progress."

The official colors of Sigma Gamma Rho are royal blue and old gold and the official symbol is the French poodle.

Open Motto: “Greater Service, Greater Progress”


Phi Beta  SigmaPhi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.

The founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as "a part of" the general community rather than "apart from" the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged by his own merits rather than his family background or affluence...without regard of race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They wished and wanted their fraternity to exist as part of even a greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the "inclusive we" rather than the "exclusive we".

The official colors of Phi Beta Sigma are royal blue and pure white and the official symbol is the White dove.

Open Motto: "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity"


Omega  Psi PhiOmega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., was founded on Friday evening, November 17, 1911, by three Howard University undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty adviser. This event occurred in the office of biology Professor Ernest E. Just, the faculty adviser, in the Science Hall (now known as Thirkield Hall). The three liberal arts students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman.

From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning "friendship is essential to the soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift were adopted as cardinal principles. A decision was made regarding the design for the pin and emblem, and thus ended the first meeting of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

The official colors of Omega Psi Phi are royal purple and old gold and the official symbol is the Lamp.

Open Motto: “Friendship is Essential to the Soul”


Iota Phi  ThetaIota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., was founded on September 19, 1963, at Morgan State College (now Morgan State University). The twelve founders of Iota Phi Theta were Albert Hicks, Lonnie Spruill, Jr., Charles Briscoe, Frank Coakley, John Slade, Barron Willis, Webster Lewis, Charles Brown, Louis Hudnell, Charles Gregory, Elias Dorsey, Jr., and Michael Williams.

Based upon the founders ages, heightened responsibilities, and increased level of maturity, this group had a slightly different perspective than the norm for college students. It was this perspective from which they established the Fraternity's purpose, "The development and perpetuation of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity, and Brotherhood among Men." Iota Phi Theta is now the nation's fifth largest, predominately African-American social service fraternity.

The official colors of Iota Phi Theta are charcoal brown and gilded gold and the official symbol is the Centaur,

Open Motto: “Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One”


Kappa  Alpha Psi shieldKappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on January 5, 1911 on the campus of Indiana University. The vision of the ten astute Founders, Revered Founders Elder Watson Diggs, "The Dreamer;" John Milton Lee ; Byron K. Armstrong; Guy Levis Grant; Ezra D. Alexander; Henry T. Asher; Marcus P. Blakemore; Paul W. Caine; Edward G. Irvin and George W. Edmonds, to sow the seed of a fraternal tree whose fruit is available to, and now enjoyed by, college men everywhere, regardless of their color, religion or national origin.

It is a fact of which Kappa Alpha Psi is justly proud that the Constitution has never contained any clause which either excluded or suggested the exclusion of a man from membership merely because of his color, creed, or national origin. The Constitution of Kappa Alpha Psi is predicated upon, and dedicated to the principles of achievement through a truly democratic Fraternity.

The official colors of Kappa Alpha Psi are crimson and creme and the official symbol is the Kappa diamond.


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Did You Know That This Tennessee Law Discriminates?

This Tennessee Law (listed below), Allows the Insurance Commissioner the Authority to Discriminate against anyone with a felony. The way the law is written the Insurance Commissioner can issue or deny a license application simply because of the Tennessee Code Annotated 56-6-112(6). Simply stating being convicted of a felony!





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Did you know the latin name for academics honors?

Valedictorian is an academic title typically conferred in America upon the highest ranked student among those being graduated from an educational institution. The term is an anglicized derivation of the Latin vale dicere ("to say farewell"), historically rooted in the valedictorian's traditional role as the final speaker at the graduation ceremony.

Salutatorian is an academic title given, in the Philippines, United States and Canada, to the second highest graduate of the entire graduating class of an educational institution. This honor is traditionally based on grade point average (GPA) and number of credits taken, but consideration may also be given to other factors such as extracurricular activities.


  • 3.65-3.79: Cum Laude "with honor" (direct translation: "with praise")

  • 3.80-3.89: Magna Cum Laude with great honor" (direct translation: "with great praise")

  • 3.90 or higher: Summa Cum Laude With highest praise; an honor added to diplomas and degrees for work that is considered to be of the highest quality.
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Did you know that you can earn 5 levels of degrees?

The different level of degrees are...





An associate degree is an academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges. Upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.

A bachelor's degree is usually an academic degree awarded for an undergraduate course or major that generally lasts for four years, but can range from two to six years depending on the region of the world. It may also be the name of a "postgraduate" degree, such as a Bachelor of Civil Law, the Bachelor of Music, or the Bachelor of Philosophy.

The Master's degrees is either a of Master of Arts (M.A.) or a Master of Science (M.S. or M.Sc.); these may be course-based, research-based, or a mixture of the two. A master's degree is a postgraduate academic degree awarded after the completion of an academic program of one to six years in duration.

The Specialist degree is found in some programs of education or psychology and is awarded for study beyond the Master's degree but below the doctorate, (i.e., Ph.D., D.Ed. or Th.D.). It is most often referred to as an Ed.S. (Specialist of Education), or sometimes Sp.Ed.-- but can be designated in the form of SSP (Specialist of School Psychology), or Psy.S. (Specialist of Psychology). An Ed.S. program typically requires about 60-70 semester hours beyond a Bachelor's degree, or about 30 hours beyond a Master's (making it approximately the same workload as a second Master's in terms of credits, but often the coursework is at the upper graduate, doctoral level).

A doctorate is an academic degree or professional degree that in most countries represents the highest level of formal study or research in a given field. In some countries it also refers to a class of degrees which qualify the holder to practice in a specific profession, such as law or medicine.

That Specialist Degree gets everyone!

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Did you know the Women Huskies are the only woman's basketball program to have had every game in a season televised?

That would be the...

Connecticut Huskies Woman's Basketball Program.



Did you know the Head Coach: Geno Auriemma has won 7 National Championships?

Did you know that the lady Huskies have won 78 games with out a lost?

Did you know that Head Coach Geno Auriemma record has continued and he has passed John Wooden record of 87 wins without a lost?
Most Victories: 39 in 2002, 2009, 2010
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 22
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2010
Undefeated Seasons: (4) 1995, 2002, 2009, 2010
National Championships: (7) 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010
Final Fours: (11) 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010
Big East Regular Season Championships: (17) 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Big East Tournament Championships: (16) 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
All-Americans: 11 (19 appearances), including Maya Moore, only the 2nd freshman nationally named an All-American
National Players Of The Year: 6
Drafted Players: 19
Players in the WNBA: 13 (+1 on leave)
Basketball Hall Of Famers: 1
Did you know the Women  Huskies are the only woman's basketball program to have had every game in a season televised?, an annual feat since the 1994–1995 season. Did you know that John Wooden, coached  the UCLA Bruins to 7 consecutive championships from 1967 to 1973?
Did you know this NCAA College Basketball Trivia?
Did you know what women team won 3 consecutive NCAA titles? Did you know the University that won 7 national championships? Did you know NCAA Teams went undefeated?  Did you know the only NCAA College Basketball team to have  4 Undefeated Seasons? Did you know who has won more NCAA college championships in women college ball? Did you know what NCAA college basketball teams won men and women championships in the same year? Did you know who is the winning est coach in NCAA college basketball history? Did you know what teams made NCAA College basketball history in 2008? Did you know what players won gold medal,  NCAA college basketball championship,  and NBA Championship?  Did you know what players won high school championships, NCAA, Olypmic Gold Medals and a NBA  championship? Did you know the Women  Huskies are the only woman's basketball program to have had every game in a season televised? Did you know what team won more NCAA college championships in women college ball? Did you know what NCAA college basketball teams have won men and women championships in the same year?  Did you know who is the winning est coach in NCAA college basketball history?


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Did you know who had the most NBA AllStar Appearances?


That would be...



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar he had 19 that he was elected to the NBA AllStars. Starting from 1970–1977, 1979–1989



Coming in a close second is...

O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal^ 15 19931998, 20002007, 2009

Jordan, Michael
















Number 3 is the most unique, he retired for the sport twice. If he had not he would have 19 AllStar appearances as well.

Michael Jordan
* 14 19851993, 19961998, 20022003

Malone, Karl














Karl Malone
14 19881998, 20002002

West, JerryJerry West* 14

Did you know that Michael Jordan was not the number one draft pick?

Did you know what teams were dynasties?


Did you know the youngest person to score 40 points in a game?

Did you know who had the most NBA AllStar Appearances?

Did you know that Michael Jordan won?

Did you know what NBA player has won the most MVP?

Did you know that Robert Horry has more NBA championships than michael Jordan?

Did you know the only basketball award that Jordan did not win was high school state championship?



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Did You Know the Shortest man to win an NBA Slam Dunk Contest?

That would be Spudd Webb.


Standing 5'6 and weighing just 133 lbs Spudd Webb captured the 1986 Slam Dunk Championship with some of the most spectacular dunks seen in an NBA dunk contest.





Did you know the shortest person to play in the NBA? That would be At 5'3", Muggsy Bogues has won more slam dunk contests than any other player his height."


Did you know that the Washington Bullets had the Tallest and shortest player on their team? That player was Manute Bol, who was 7-7 and Muggsy Bogues who was 5'3".







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Did you know the college team with the most final four losses?

Most Final Four Losses
6 - North Carolina
3 - Duke
3 - LSU
3 - Kansas
3 - Michigan State
3 - Louisville
2 - Oklahoma State
2 - Virginia
2 - UNLV
2 - Arizona
2 - UCLA
2 - Kentucky
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Did you know what mens coach won 3 titles in 4 years?

That was

John Wooden of UCLA, he won in (1964, 1965, 1967)
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Did you know what year all number one seats were elminated?

Twice in History has all the number one #1 seed been eliminated and not made it to the Final Four.












1980 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Number #1 Seats were:
  • Syracuse
  • LSU
  • Kentucky
  • DePaul

Final Four

National Semifinals
National Finals

E5 Iowa 72

MW2 Louisville 80

MW2 Louisville 59

W8 UCLA 54

ME6 Purdue 62

W8 UCLA 67
Louisville, coached by Denny Crum, won the national title with a 59-54 victory in the final game over UCLA, coached by Larry Brown.

2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Number #1 Seats were:
  • Memphis
  • Villanova
  • Connecticut
  • Duke

Final Four — Indianapolis, Indiana

National Semifinals
National Championship Game

S4 LSU 45

W2 UCLA 59

W2 UCLA 57

M3 Florida 73

E11 George Mason 58

M3 Florida 73
The University of Florida won its first-ever national title over UCLA 73-57.

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Did you know what teams made NCAA history in 2008?

Did you know that in 2008 all 4 number 1 seeds made it to the final Four?


Those teams would be...


#1 North Carolina vs. #1 Kansas
#1 Memphis vs. #1 UCLA 

















Did you know this NCAA College Basketball Trivia?

Did you know what women team won 3 consecutive NCAA titles?
Did you know the University that won 7 national championships?
Did you know NCAA Teams went undefeated? 

Did you know the only NCAA College Basketball team to have  4 Undefeated Seasons?

Did you know who has won more NCAA college championships in women college ball?

Did you know what NCAA college basketball teams won men and women championships in the same year?

Did you know who is the winning est coach in NCAA college basketball history?

Did you know what teams made NCAA College basketball history in 2008?

Did you know what players won gold medal,  NCAA college basketball championship,  and NBA Championship? 

Did you know what players won high school championships, NCAA, Olypmic Gold Medals and a NBA  championship?

Did you know the Women  Huskies are the only woman's basketball program to have had every game in a season televised?

Did you know what team won more NCAA college championships in women college ball?

Did you know what NCAA college basketball teams have won men and women championships in the same year? 

Did you know who is the winning est coach in NCAA college basketball history?






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Did you know the team with the most final four losses?

The team with the
Most Final Fours
losses is..

11 - North Carolina
10 - Duke
7 - Kansas
5 - Michigan State
5 - Kentucky
4 - Florida
4 - Arizona
4 - UCLA
4 - Georgetown
4 - Louisville
3 - UNLV
3 - LSU
3 - Syracuse
3 - Michigan
3 - Indiana
3 - Connecticut
3 - Houston
3 - Virginia
3 - Arkansas
2 - Georgia Tech
2 - Memphis
2 - Illinois
2 - Oklahoma
2 - Villanova
2 - Oklahoma State
2 - Ohio State
2 - Maryland



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Did you know what college Coach Has won the most NCAA championships in mens basketball?

That Coach would be

1. John Wooden 10




















2. Adolph Rupp 4

















3. �� Mike Krzyzewski^ 3

















Bob Knight^ 3
















5. Jim Calhoun^ 2
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