Friday's question of the day

Our last question asked: The Washington Post asks in a headline: Why was a 9th-century Viking woman buried in modern-day Sweden with an Arabic finger ring? According to the Post, "[e]xactly how the woman got the ring wasn't clear – she was found wearing typical Scandinavian dress, so presumably the ring arrived through trade." The Vikings were known for their lengthy ocean voyages, so it's very possible the woman herself or someone she knew visited the Abbasid Caliphate of that time period.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the first to answer that correctly! An honorable mention belongs to Hiram Reisner, who was the only other person to attempt the question.

As for today's question, here it is: What piece of equipment will be used on average 85 times per March Madness game and about 6,000 times before a NCAA basketball champion is crowned, and what is its official name?

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