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March Madness Trivia

March Madness is a great time of year. This month we will share some blogs related to basketball, teaching and students athletes. We hope you enjoy!

  1. March Madness: 25 Inspirational Quotes by John Wooden
  2. March Madness: 50 Great Quotes from Coach K
  3. March Madness: AWESOME-BABY! Dick Vitale Quotes
  4. March Madness: 25 Great Quotes from Bobby Knight
  5. Jimmy V Quotes: Top 25 Jim Valvano Quotes
  1. “The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.” Jerry Tarkanian
  2. “Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.” John Wooden
  3. “You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.” Bobby Knight
  4. “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  5. “Believe that the loose ball that you are chasing has your name on it.” Coach K
  6. “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” Jim Valvano
  7. “We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors.” Weldon Drew
  8. “The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.” Dave DeBusschere
  9. “Basketball doesn’t build character. It reveals it.” Unknown
  10. “Talent wins games, but team work and intelligence wins championships.” Michael Jordan
  11. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” Tim Duncan
  12. “Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.” John Wooden
  13. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” Jim Valvano (Top Father’s Day Jokes & Top Father’s Day Quotes)
  14. “It’s awesome, baby, with a capital “A.” Dick Vitale
  15. “My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back.” Author Unknown
  16. “Love is the greatest word in our language.” John Wooden
  17. “Why shouldn’t I milk it? We’re an agricultural institution.” (after all his endorsement offers after North Carolina State won the NCAA Tournament) Jim Valvano
  18. “There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them.” Jim Valvano
  19. “The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.” Bill Russell
  20. “Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.” Coach K
  21. “Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team” Scottie Pippen
  22. “You can run a lot of plays when your X is twice as big as the other guys’ O. It makes your X’s and O’s pretty good.” Paul Westphal
  23. “Earn the right to be proud and confident.” John Wooden
  24. “I learned from my mom and dad, who didn’t have a formal education but had doctorates of love. They told me that if you gave 110 percent all the time, a lot of beautiful things will happen. I may not always be right, but no one can ever accuse me of not having a genuine love and passion for whatever I do.” Dick Vitale
  25. “I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can’t trust em.” Jim Valvano
  26. “Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.” Red Auerbach
  27. “There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.” Abe Lemons
  28. “When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.”  Darryl Dawkins
  29. “No matter what business you’re in, you can’t run in place or someone will pass you by. It doesn’t matter how many games you’ve won.” Jim Valvano
  30. “Nothing can give you greater joy than doing something for another.” John Wooden
  31. “Happiness begins where selfishness ends.” John Wooden
  32. “We win or the alumni bash in our teeth.” (explaining the dental plan at North Carolina State) Jim Valvano
  33. “We have a very intelligent team. I’ve had clubs that when you tell a guy to go back door, he leaves the gym. Or you tell the team you’re going to have a closed practice and eight guys don’t show up.” Jim Valvano
  34. “How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.” Jim Valvano
  35. “Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.” Jim Valvano
  36. “I made a ridiculous statement when I first went to North Carolina State. I said I know basketball down there was like life or death. It was very wrong. It’s more important.” Jim Valvano
  37. “Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead.” Jim Valvano
  38. “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” Jim Valvano
  39. “I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you’re emotions going.” Jim Valvano
  40. “If I am through learning, I am through.” (As a teacher I love this one) John Wooden
  41. “Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You’ll be surprised at the results.” John Wooden
  42. “If you do not have time to do it right, when will you find time to do it over?” John Wooden
  43. “The smallest good deed is better than the best intention.” John Wooden
  44. “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” John Wooden
  45. “It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.” John Wooden
  46. “The time to make friends is before you need them.” John Wooden
  47. “The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.” John Wooden
  48. “Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.” John Wooden
  49. “As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others.” John Wooden
  50. “You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for another without thought of something in return.” John Wooden
  51. “Forget favors given; remember those received.” John Wooden
  52. “Make friendship a fine art.” John Wooden
  53. “Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story.” John Wooden
  54. “If we magnified our blessings as much as we magnified our disappointments, we would all be much happier.” John Wooden
  55. “Do not permit what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden
  56. “Never make excuses.  Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.” John Wooden
  57. “Never be disagreeable just because you disagree.” John Wooden
  58. “Glue guys aren’t superstars. They’re not the No. 1 option. They just do things only coaches really appreciate. The stars get the headlines, but glue guys help you get in the winner’s circle. I don’t think you can win without having that kind of player.” Dick Vitale
  59. “He’s a Diaper Dandy!” Dick Vitale
  60. “I’m living the American dream.” Dick Vitale
  61. “I try to see each new season as a new challenge because I have a new team to work with, new opponents to encounter, and often new ideas and theories to try.” Coach K
  62. “Communication does not always occur naturally, even among a tight-knit group of individuals. Communication must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one.” Coach K
  63. “Making shots counts, but not as much as the people who make them.” Coach K
  64. “A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.” Coach K
  65. “I define passion as extreme emotion.” Coach K
  66. “When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you!” Coach K
  67. “I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.” Coach K
  68. “It takes courage not only to make decisions, but to live with those decisions afterward.” Coach K
  69. “When you cleanse yourself of a big victory, you may open yourself up to the opportunity for an even bigger victory.” Coach K
  70. “During the season, your team should be led with exuberance and excitement. You should live the journey. You should live it right. You should live it together. You should live it shared. You should try to make one another better. You should get on one another if somebody’s not doing their part. You should hug one another when they are. You should be disappointed in a loss and exhilarated in a win. It’s all about the journey.” Coach K
  71. “In our program, the truth is the basis of all that we do. There is nothing more important than the truth because there’s nothing more powerful than the truth. Consequently, on our team, we always tell one another the truth. We must be honest with one another. There is no other way.” Coach K
  72. “Throughout the season, I look into my players’ eyes to gauge feelings, confidence levels, and to establish instant trust.” Coach K
  73. “Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.” Coach K
  74. “In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.” Coach K
  75. “My love for Duke and this building and the people in it – I can’t love it more. And so to have my name on the court is great… and I’ll try to continue to honor that court in the way we have.” Coach K
  76. “Too many rules get in the way of leadership. They just put you in a box . . . . People set rules to keep from making decisions.” Coach K
  77. “The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions. Not me. I don’t want to be a manager or a dictator. I want to be a leader—and leadership is ongoing, adjustable, flexible, and dynamic. As such, leaders have to maintain a certain amount of discretion.” Coach K
  78. “Mutual commitment helps overcome the fear of failure—especially when people are part of a team sharing and achieving goals. It also sets the stage for open dialogue and honest conversation.” Coach K
  79. “When you first assemble a group, it’s not a team right off the bat. It’s only a collection of individuals.” Coach K
  80. “Leaders have to give time for relationships. But more demands will be placed on their time as they become more successful. So if a person’s success is based on developing relationships, then they have to continually find new ways of getting it done.” Coach K
  81. “Visualize a wagon wheel as a complete team. A leader might be the hub of the wheel at the center. Now suppose the spokes are the connecting relationships the leader is building with people on the outer rim of the wheel. If the hub is removed, then the entire wheel collapses. In a situation like that, if a team loses the leader, the entire team collapses.” Coach K
  82. “. . .every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.” Coach K
  83. “When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.” Coach K
  84. “Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.” Coach K
  85. “Goals should be realistic, attainable, and shared among all members of the team.” Coach K
  86. “There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable.” Coach K
  87. “You develop a team to achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. All of us alone are weaker, by far, than if all of us are together.” Coach K
  88. “Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself.” Coach K
  89. “In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.” Coach K
  90. “Two are better than one if two act as one.” Coach K
  91. “A leader may be the most knowledgeable person in the world, but if the players on his team cannot translate that knowledge into action, it means nothing.” Coach K
  92. “Erect no artificial walls that might limit potential, stifle creativity, or shackle innovation.” Coach K
  93. “Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated.” Coach K
  94. “A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure.” Coach K
  95. “Courage and confidence are what decision making is all about.” Coach K
  96. “Leaders show respect for people by giving them time.” Coach K
  97. “I believe God gave us crises for some reason—and it certainly wasn’t for us to say that everything about them is bad. A crisis can be a momentous time for a team to grow—if a leader handles it properly.” Coach K
  98. “Encourage members of your team to take the initiative and act on their own.” Coach K
  99. “People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.” Coach K

 

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