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10 Odd College Basketball Games

By Edited Jun 4, 2016 5 18

College basketball games are often fun to watch, but sometimes the games are simply boring.

There are however a lot of exceptions. These 10 college basketball games all had something odd happen. Some of the odd occurrences were spectacular plays. Some of the other odd events include slamming a knee into another players groin and even a head coach throwing a chair onto the court during the game.


10. Idaho State University vs. UCLA- Rise of the Tiger

Idaho State Bengal

March 17th, 1977 was the day that lives in infamy for Idaho State Bengal students and Alumni. Between 1964 and 1975 the University Of Southern California had won 10 NCAA college basketball championships. UCLA had rocked the college basketball world repeatedly. UCLA was one of the best teams ever during this era, if not the best college basketball team ever.

The Idaho State Bengals men’s basketball team automatically qualified for playing in the NCAA Tournament that year because they won the Big Sky Conference, not that it meant much. The Big Sky basketball conference was definitely not a superior conference. Idaho State had an amazing player Steve Hayes, but there was no way ISU could ever beat one of the most dominant teams ever.

UCLA was ranked 2nd in the nation when they played Idaho State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. At the end of the game the final score was 77-76, ISU won. Not only did ISU beat UCLA that night, but they also destroyed their dynasty. Although UCLA had won 10 championships between 1964-1975, they lost to Idaho State University. UCLA did not capture another championship until 1995.

9. Michigan State vs. North Carolina in the Carrier Classic

Carrier Classic

College basketball games have been played at numerous venues, however none of them ever had the appeal of the Carrier Classic. In 2011 the University of North Carolina beat Michigan State in the first college basketball game ever held on a U.S. Military Naval Ship.

The players wore their traditional colors but their uniforms featured a camouflage pattern. Barack Obama was also in the audience onboard the ship watching the game. The Carrier Classic was so popular that it is being held again in 2012. You can watch the 2012 Carrier Classic on ESPN.

8. Seattle University vs. The Harlem Globetrotters- The Battle in Seattle

Harlem Globetrotters

A basketball game was arranged between the Harlem Globetrotters and Seattle University in 1952. We all know that the Globetrotters usually win their games and in a very comedic way. The Globetrotters were told to get a lead by playing solid basketball before they started clowning around for the crowd. The clowning around never got started for the Globetrotters[2886]. It was a hard-fought game, but Seattle University won it by a margin of 84-81. The victory occurred largely because of Johnny O’Brien who scored 43 points that night. O’Brien was only 5’9” tall.

7. Loyola vs. Tennessee Tech- The Blowout 1963

Loyola Basketball

It is not unusual for first round games of the NCAA tournament to have large margins of victories; however the 1963 NCAA tournament was seriously ridiculous. Loyola beat Tennessee Tech by a final score of 111-42. That is not a typo. Loyola won by 69 points. This was a record that still stands today.

6. Cinnicinati vs. Xavier –The Basket Brawl

WARNING: Not all viewers like this video, some find that it "has coarse language and is pretty sexist", so if you don't want that, then don't watch this video. - It is very rare that a basketball game is ended early. Usually a shortened game will be because of an earthquake or terrorist threat. The odd thing about the Cincinnati vs. Xavier game is that the game was called to an end early by the referees. It does seem odd, however once you see the brawl that broke out and the bloodied eye from the face trampling it makes sense. Another 10 seconds and there may have been a murder.

5. Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Ohio Buckeyes- The Dirty Groin Shot

In 1972 one of the dirtiest cheap shots to ever occur happened. Corky Taylor intentionally fouled Luke Witte extremely hard. Taylor walked over and extended his hand to Witte to help him back up. Taylor pulled Witte up, and then rammed his knee into Tyler's groin area. A mass brawl broke out among the teams.

4. Purdue vs. Indiana-Bobby Knight's Chair Throw

Even many people who hate sports are familiar with the night that Knight threw a tantrum. Bob Knight thought that the refs were not calling both teams for fouls the same way. He felt he was being mistreated and cheated by the refs. After a particular call that Knight considered wrong he got very frustrated and threw a chair on to the court. He was immediately ejected from the game by the referees.

3. Kentucky v Duke: Hill Pass, Laettner Jumper

Christian Laettner had one of the most amazing plays ever in an NCAA tournament. He was 10 for 10 on shooting for the night, but the game went down as a classic because of the final play. Duke is down by 1 with time about to run out with only 2 seconds on the clock. The ball inbound pass is thrown about 80 feet; Christian Laettner catches it, dribbles once, and then sinks a long shot. This shot by Christian Laettner meant Duke had made it into the Final Four yet again.

2. Duke vs. Maryland 2001 (Miracle Minute)

Duke was down by 10 points with 1 minute remaining. The odds of this happening are very slim, especially against the 2001 Maryland team. Both Duke and Maryland were excellent teams, but in the last minute Maryland made every mistake possible while Duke capitalized on all of the mistakes. Duke was able to tie the game up, and then beat Maryland in the Overtime period. This was the year that Duke ended up winning the National Championship and the following year Maryland won the National Championship.

1. Oklahoma Sooners vs. U.S. International

Sooner Ball

Oklahoma ended up scoring 97 points…In the first half. The final score was 173-101. The score made this one of the oddest basketball games ever. Although Oklahoma could have scored more points, they were still accused of running up the score on U.S. International.

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Mar 14, 2012 11:27am
Wow! #5 is really a cheap shot. Interesting stuff.
Mar 15, 2012 7:12am
#5 is the cheapest shot I have ever seen anywhere. OMG, I cannot believe he did that. Talk about "Bad Blood" in a basketball game! Wow.
Mar 19, 2012 5:45pm
I agree with both of you that 'the Dirty Groin Shot' is a cheap shot!
Mar 27, 2012 3:33pm
The Basket Brawl this year was pretty ugly. Surprisingly, both teams ended up having pretty good seasons. Good list, I somehow hadn't heard about #1 before.
Mar 28, 2012 8:10am
Many are surprised when they hear about the odd Oklahoma Sooners vs. U.S.International game.
Mar 28, 2012 8:10am
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Apr 20, 2012 4:02am
Interesting basketball stories. You got to know your stuff to build this list.
Apr 20, 2012 5:00am
Thank you for your comment!
Apr 20, 2012 12:51pm
That Minnesota/Ohio State game turned wild quickly! Never heard about that until now. For some reason I didn't watch the Carrier game last year, but I'll have to check it out next year. Any idea who is playing in it?

And since there are a couple brawls on here, thought I'd mention the Kermit Washington punch that nearly killed Rudy Tomjonavich (spelling?). I would say that deserves a spot in this list as well since it nearly killed the man and he had to get reconstructive surgery! Good list!
Apr 22, 2012 7:08pm
Thank you for your comment with a good suggestion for an extended list.
Apr 21, 2012 12:22pm
Did you know that basketball originally started with a peach basket with no hole in the bottom? Each time a point was scored the ball had to be retrieved manually with stepladders.It took 15 years before someone decided to put a hole in the bottom. There. That is the sum of my entire knowledge on basketball.Cheers.
Apr 22, 2012 7:10pm
LOL I didn't know that. Thank you for the info! The very first game with a 'hole in the bottom' should have been on my list.
Apr 23, 2012 5:10am
I tried to fit the phrase "hole in the bottom" as many times as I could in that comment. I pretend I'm sophisticated but really I have the sense of humour of an 6 year old boy.
Apr 23, 2012 5:11am
'a 6 year old boy' that should be.
Apr 24, 2012 11:46am
Nice post. Reminded me of my college days.
Apr 28, 2012 5:05am
Thank you for liking it-
Apr 26, 2012 3:36am
I really liked the mention of the Carrier Classic. I have a thing for the armed forces and camouflage, so I looked up the uniforms to see there design, and I think they are awesome. Hope you don't mind me putting up the link for those interested to see.

Apr 28, 2012 5:07am
Thank you! It is OK here.
Apr 28, 2012 5:08am
Not all like "The Basket Brawl", so therefore this:
WARNING: Not all viewers like this video, some find that it "has coarse language and is pretty sexist", so if you don't want that, then don't watch this video.
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