Oladipo handles pop quiz on James Madison
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
DAYTON, Ohio — Anyone up for a pop quiz?
Victor Oladipo faced an unexpected set of trivia questions Thursday that underscored the differences between his No. 1 seed Indiana Hoosiers, a program that has won five national championships, and their opponent Friday, No. 16 seed James Madison University.
Did he know what conference JMU played in? Its mascot? Its location?
“They’re in the CAA, he said. “I think they’re the Dukes, James Madison Dukes. What was the other one? They’re from Virginia, the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia area). Yeah, I’m from there, so I know a little somethin’-somethin’ about James Madison.”
A follow-up question: Did Oladipo know who James Madison the figure was?
“You mean the person, right — James Madison?” Oladipo said. “He signed something big, like the Declaration of Independence. I’m right, right? Emancipation Proclamation, something like that. One of those big names. I know he’s a big historic figure in U.S. history.”
Close! But not quite there — Madison signed the Constitution and drafted the Bill of Rights. And, the biggest thing Oladipo missed? Madison was the fourth President of the United States.
Oladipo’s teammate was not a fan of the barrage of trivia questions.
Cody Zeller jumped in and fired back at the questioner: “Do you know what a Hoosier is?” Oladipo echoed the question: “Do you know what an Indiana Hoosier is?
“I think I won that little trivia challenge right there,” Oladipo said, smiling.
A few minutes later, he discussed the surprise pop quiz in the Indiana locker room.
“I’m familiar with James Madison, George Mason, all those schools,” said Oladipo, who grew up in Maryland. “It was pretty cool that I got all those questions right, but it was kind of upsetting that he didn’t know what a Hoosier was. It’s OK, though.”… [For more on Indiana's Oladipo handles pop quiz on James Madison U., click here.]