We will never acquire a 2020 NCAA Clash to attending aback on. There will consistently be a gap in the almanac books, and understandably so.
The coronavirus communicable has brought on a new world, but hopefully 2021 will accompany aback the NCAA Clash as we’ve consistently accepted it.
Today, April 6, was declared to be the day of the 2020 civic appellation game. So in absence of that, and with time to spare, an befalling arises to reflect on the accuracy and accolade of the best anxiously affecting antic accident in the world. The NCAA Clash has existed aback 1939, but it afflicted consistently for the bigger aback it upgraded to a 64-team arrangement in 1985. That is aback it absolutely became The Tournament.
Its address and majesty acquire alone developed added alluring and constant in the years since. The big bracket manifests abstract annually. There acquire been 2,251 NCAA Clash amateur played aback 1985. Objective assay finds at atomic 500 of those amateur — bigger than 22%! — acquire been very-good-to-great. In fact, 117 amateur aback ’85 (that’s 5.2% or: one in every 20 games) acquire been absitively by one point. There acquire been 147 added absitively by two credibility and addition 139 absitively by three, which additionally accommodate the endless of amateur that acquire appropriate overtime(s).
Truth be told, I capital to fit about 155 outcomes into 101 spots (because I couldn’t buck to acquire it at 100). If you browse and apprehension that a aggressive bold you’re addicted of isn’t on the list, I can about assure you it was beneath application afore actuality cut. Also, I capital to home in on the amateur that were absolutely great, awful contested or featured a cogent comeback/collapse factor. That’s why allusive outcomes — such as UMBC’s 20-point win over Virginia in 2018, UNLV antibacterial Duke in 1990 or Florida Gulf Coast’s absorbing Candied 16 run as a No. 15 berry — didn’t accomplish the cut. Those are memorable but not great, or at atomic abundant beneath the agreement I invoked.
Another activity I capital to accomplish abiding to do was represent every clash with at atomic one game. Lastly, this is not a 101-down-to-1 ranking. It’s an all-embracing alms of the best agitative battles in the avant-garde era. If you’d like to rank at home, feel free! Actuality is a archival boating through the best the Big Dance has accustomed us aback it grew to its absolute anatomy of 64 teams in 1985, afresh 65 alpha in 2001 and 68 in 2011.
1. Midwest additional round: No. 2 Memphis State 67, No. 7 UAB 66 (OT)
We activate in Houston, breadth two teams with a ton of aptitude from the greater Memphis breadth aboveboard off and advice acquaint aloof how appropriate the aperture weekend of a 64-team clash could be. The Tigers’ Andre Turner hits a jumper with six abnormal larboard — it’s still arrant to see a clash bold in the avant-garde era afterwards a 3-point bandage — and afresh UAB drillmaster Gene Bartow chases an official afterwards the bold ends with a “no -foul” alarm on the Blazers’ aftermost shot. Memphis State abundant Keith Lee has 28 in this one, but Turner gives the Tigers the W. He’ll go on to hit addition champ in the Candied 16 to exhausted Boston College.
2. Midwest Candied 16: No. 1 Oklahoma 86, No. 5 Louisiana Tech 84 (OT)
Oklahoma and Wayman Tisdale can’t put abroad Louisiana Tech and Karl Malone (20 credibility and 16 boards) in regulation. These were the two highest-scoring teams of this tournament. OU gives up big cushions at assorted points, creating an coercion to this Candied 16 affair. Tisdale’s acceptable advance in the closing abnormal of OT bounces on the rim bristles times afore falling true. Here’s how the Chicago Tribune’s Bob Sakamoto opened his adventure that night: “The basketball seemed to acquire a apperception of its own, but couldn’t adjudge what to do. Wayman Tisdale’s bendable awkward beforehand advance hit the rim, bounced up, started to animation out, bounced aback and afresh afraid on the rim as a accommodation army of 17,007 sat in suspense.”
3. Final Four: No. 8 Villanova 66, No. 1 Georgetown 64
If our account were to be agonizingly whittled bottomward to the 10 bigger amateur in clash history, this would still accomplish that cut. How absorbing that the aboriginal 64-team aggregation clash produced the lowest-seeded aggregation in history to win a civic title. Eighth-seeded Villanova overcomes gargantuan Georgetown, preventing Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas from acceptable back-to-back championships. VU abundantly shoots 78.6% (22 for 28), which is still a almanac for any bold in the Final Four or civic championship. Villanova chief Ed Pinckney is alleged the Best Outstanding Player. It’s consistently acquainted a little aureate in agreement of actuality an agitated — the Wildcats absent by nine credibility absolute in two losses to Georgetown beforehand in the division — but it is nonetheless one of the best memorable moments in academy basketball history and the second-highest rated in bold anytime in the action (behind MSU-Indiana State in ’79).
4. East aboriginal round: No. 14 Cleveland State 83, No. 3 Indiana 79
Being that this is aloof the additional year of a 64-team bracket, Cleveland State becomes the aboriginal accurate Cinderella of the avant-garde era. Abaft the avowal of Ken “Mouse” McFadden, the Vikings are the aboriginal small-conference aggregation to accomplish the Candied 16, and of beforehand the lowest-seeded to do it as well. This bold is additionally the aboriginal time a Bob Knight-coached aggregation loses in the aboriginal round. Oh by the way, the ’86 tourney had two No. 14-over-No. 3 seeds: Arkansas-Little Rock over Notre Dame was the other.
5. Southeast aboriginal round: No. 11 LSU 94, No. 6 Purdue 87 (2OT)
There’s a bifold bequest for the ’86 LSU team. Aboriginal was actuality a No. 11 berry authoritative the Final Four, a almanac which it holds alone until George Mason and VCU bout it in 2006 and 2011, respectively. But the added assertive artifice point with that run is the actuality LSU gets to comedy the aboriginal weekend on its home court. A aphorism was put in abode anon thereafter that prevented any such advantage afresh in the men’s tournament. For LSU, Anthony Wilson’s 25-point assuming proves huge. There are 21 credibility denticulate in overtime, fourth best in clash history. LSU apprehension up amphitheatre addition abundant one adjoin Memphis in the additional round, afresh wins a bound bold to exhausted Kentucky 59-57 in the Aristocratic Eight.
6. East Candied 16: No. 7 Navy 71, No. 14 Cleveland State 70
Imagine if the NCAA Clash delivered Navy vs. Cleveland State in today’s age? Abundant as this bracket has remained for decades, that aloof doesn’t assume accessible anymore. Of course, Navy fabricated it so far because it had a altered star: David Robinson. Actuality he array 22 credibility — including the champ with four abnormal to go — grabs 14 rebounds and blocks nine shots (second best in clash history) in one of the best Cinderella Candied 16 matchups, which was hosted by New Jersey’s Brendan Byrne Arena. Robinson boasts tournament-bests — 27.5 credibility and 11.8 rebounds on boilerplate — but Duke’s Johnny Dawkins (26.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) wins the East’s MOP.
7. Southeast additional round: No. 6 Providence 90, No. 14 Austin Peay 87 (OT)
There were 19 steals in this game, a clash record, with seven of them from Friar Delray Brooks. If Austin Peay pulls out the win, how does change the aisle of Rick Pitino’s career? The Friars go on to accomplish the ’87 Final Four acknowledgment in acceptable allocation to Billy Donovan, who array 25 and plays 40 of the game’s 45 minutes, ambulatory PC from a 10-point arrears with beneath than six account remaining. Austin Peay’s Lawrence Mitchell doesn’t sit for a additional and has a game-high 27. APSU’s Bob Thomas has a adventitious to win it at the bandage with :02 on the alarm in adjustment but misses the abhorrent shot. Maddeningly, Austin Peay cannot/does not abhorrent while bottomward two (and no advance clock) until three abnormal remain.
8. Southeast Aristocratic Eight: No. 1 Indiana 77, No. 10 LSU 76
LSU fabricated the Final Four as a No. 11 berry in ’86, afresh came two credibility abroad from accomplishing it as a 10 the abutting year. IU’s Ricky Calloway catches Daryl Thomas’ airball and puts the orange into the bandage with six abnormal to go to accelerate Bobby Knight to what will ultimately be the penultimate Final Four of his career. LSU fails to beforehand afterwards Nikita Wilson’s abbreviate jumper clangs the advanced end of the iron. Indiana rallies from a nine-point arrears with bristles account to go, axis over LSU four times in its final seven possessions. Steve Alford gets 20 points. Knight is doled a T because he “pounded the table in advanced of NCAA alternative lath affiliate Gene Corrigan, kicked a armchair and berated official Tom Fraim for the bigger allotment of bristles minutes.”
9. Championship: No. 1 Indiana 74, No. 2 Syracuse 73
Hey, bethink Rony Seikaly? He looked 31 while he was in academy and he played for this Cuse squad. The Orange win this bold if not for a mini array of absent abhorrent shots bottomward the stretch. Jim Boeheim, in his aboriginal Final Four, helplessly watches as his aggregation goes 11-of-20 from the stripe. Keith Smart’s champ with four abnormal larboard is one of the 10 best acclaimed shots in clash history, but he additionally hits a big one with 32 abnormal to go to put the Hoosiers aural one. A absolute of eight approaching NBA players are on the cloister in this game, and Alford’s seven fabricated 3-pointers are still angry for the best by one amateur in a Final Four.
10. Southeast aboriginal round: No. 4 BYU 98, No. 13 UNC-Charlotte 92 (OT)
The bold takes abode at The Omni in Atlanta. In this one all bristles Brigham Adolescent starters hit bifold figures, led by Michael Smith’s 29 points. BYU extends its division and dodges the agitated acknowledgment to 59.6% cutting from 2-point range. The 49ers acquire Byron Dinkins and Cedric Ball, two men who will go on to comedy in the NBA. Dinkins fouls out on a acquisitive abduct advance with UNCC bottomward one backward in the additional half, afresh a backcourt abuse adjoin BYU gives the 49ers a adventitious to tie it — and they do with two abnormal left. Jeff West hits a aptitude 3-pointer from the corner. BYU pulls abroad in the benefit session. By this point the infectiousness of the aboriginal annular of the clash has captured the country’s imagination.
11. West aboriginal round: No. 10 Loyola Marymount 119, No. 7 Wyoming 115
This is the alone LMU bold on the list. The 149 credibility vs. Michigan in 1990 is an acclaimed bold because it’s the highest-scoring bold in clash history, but the bold itself is not a “great” one. It’s a clue accommodated and a able admonition of how animate Paul Westhead’s arrangement was. This game, two years prior, is a accurately candied one — and at 234 credibility is the second-highest scoring bold in Big Dance history. What’s forgotten: aback this bold was played, both LMU (15th) and Wyoming (13th) were ranked in the AP poll appear beforehand that week. This bold was the 23rd and final time that division the Lions hit 100 points; they abatement 123-97 to UNC two canicule afterwards in Alkali Lake City. Wyoming fable Fennis Dembo alone has 14 credibility and fouls out with three account left, which crushes the Cowboys’ affairs of winning. Bo Kimble array 25 and Hank Gathers gets 19. YouTube video beneath picks up with this game.
12. Southeast aboriginal round: No. 1 Oklahoma 72, No. 16 East Tennessee State 71
Some altercation here, perhaps, but this is the bigger bold than the added No. 16-over-No. 1 alarm from this tournament. Georgetown 50, Princeton 49 happened on the aforementioned day (and that bold was my actual aftermost cut on this list). For the Sooners, approaching NBA standouts Stacey King and Mookie Blaylock. For ETSU, its additional clash actualization in academy history. ETSU was a fourth-place aggregation in the SoCon standings. This bend took abode at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym, and Oklahoma ekes by acknowledgment to a deflected near-half-court advance with a additional to go. ETSU can’t authority on afterwards arch for the game’s aboriginal 38 minutes.
13. East additional round: No. 5 NC State 102, No. 4 Iowa 96 (2OT)
For NC State admirers abject about the 1985 cutoff, able-bodied here’s addition big win for ya — and accustomed the double-overtime factor, I anguish up selecting this one aloof about over UNLV’s 68-67 Candied 16 win adjoin Arizona in ’89, which was a beaut. With Jim Valvano still at the helm, the Wolfpack get a 40-burger from Rodney Monroe. Ed Horton has 32 for Iowa’s side, and oh yeah, approaching Chicago Bull B.J. Armstrong array 20. Impressive: a 50-minute bold actualization aloof 22 turnovers. It will be the aftermost time NC State wins two beeline NCAA Clash amateur for 16 years.
14. Championship: No. 3 Michigan 80, No. 3 Seton Hall 79 (OT)
This was the 1,500th bold in NCAA Clash history. Rumeal Robinson, who goes on to acquire a hell of a adventure afterwards in life, makes two abhorrent shots with three abnormal larboard in overtime to accord Michigan a hasty civic title. Steve Fisher, an acting drillmaster who got the job alone weeks beforehand afterwards AD Bo Schembechler accursed Bill Freider in beforehand of Frieder accepting the Arizona State job, becomes the aboriginal drillmaster to win a civic appellation in his aboriginal cruise to the NCAAs aback Cincinnati’s Ed Jucker in 1961. Glen Rice array 31 points, capping his clash run with 184 total, a continuing almanac (as are his 75 acreage goals). Seton Hall gets 35 from John Morton, one of the arch scoring efforts in a accident in appellation bold history.
15. Southeast aboriginal round: No. 1 Michigan State 75, No. 16 Murray State 71 (OT)
It’s the alone No. 1 vs. No. 16 antagonism to anytime crave overtime. Feels weirdly alone about all these years later. MSU escapes, but is about alone acknowledgment to Popeye Jones bottomward 37 credibility and 11 rebounds on Jud Heathcote’s team, which actualization Steve Smith and accepted Spartans abettor Dwayne Stephens. Murray State ties the bold — played at Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Amphitheatre — on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Greg Coble. Smith goes for 22 points, six of which appear in overtime and advice MSU get a cardinal edge. Twenty-eight years into the future, UMBC is activity to ensure that we don’t absolutely acknowledge the scattering of absolute scares No. 1 seeds got in the aboriginal 15 years of this amazing tournament.
16. Southeast Candied 16: No. 4 Georgia Tech 81, No. 1 Michigan State 80 (OT)
Among the 50 greatest amateur in NCAA Clash history, the Yellow Jackets’ extra-session win was not afterwards controversy. Dennis Scott’s advance with seven abnormal larboard in overtime gives the bold its final score, but the end of adjustment additionally has its dramatics. Kenny Anderson’s buzzer-beater ties the bold at 75 but the advance brings about questions on if he got it off in time, and if so, if it was a 3-pointer or a 2-pointer. Admiral ultimately actuate that it’s a 2-pointer — but the bassinet is good. Overtime by default, essentially. Afterwards the game, MSU drillmaster Jud Heathcote proclaims, “We won the bold in adjustment but absent the bold in overtime.” Heathcote’s case actuality that the alarm abettor bootless to alpha the alarm in time beforehand on the above-mentioned possession. Smith array 32 in the loss. Abounding MSU admirers can’t get able the accident until their aggregation wins a civic appellation a decade later, with Heathcote’s abettor at the helm. Some alleged Tom Izzo.
17. East Candied 16: No. 1 Connecticut 71, No. 5 Clemson 70
The aboriginal constant moment in UConn basketball history. But did you know: Tate George absolutely had an befalling to win the bold on the Huskies’ above-mentioned ascendancy afore hitting the memorable champ two backing later? First, David Adolescent hits a admirable advance from the larboard side, about 18 anxiety out, that gives Clemson its aboriginal advance aback the bold was 5-4. Then, afterwards George’s advance with four abnormal actual avalanche wrong, Clemson’s Sean Tyson misses the advanced end of a one-and-one, aperture UConn’s chance. The beheading is alike added absorbing than Christian Laettner in ’92. Beneath time, tougher comedy (future NBAer Elden Campbell attention the inbounder), tougher shot. George buries it from near-baseline to accelerate the Huskies to their aboriginal Aristocratic Eight. What I adulation about this video: Hubie Brown accomplishing blush commentary, Dick Stockton on play-by-play.
18. East Aristocratic Eight: No. 3 Duke 79, No. 1 Connecticut 78 (OT)
If Duke-over-Kentucky in ’92 never happens, afresh this is the buzzer-beater Laettner is best accepted for. UConn’s exhausted from the win over Clemson to the accident adjoin Duke is a apple of the adeptness and brawl and celebrity and affliction of this tournament. Laettner, a sopre, hits a 15-footer at the buzzer of OT to win it in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Alaa Abdelnaby array a game-high 27 for Drillmaster K’s squad. The Blue Devils accomplish the Final Four for the fourth time in a five-year span. Duke and UConn acquire met bristles times in the NCAA Tournament, and as you’ll abide to read, they’ve provided some epics.
19. East aboriginal round: No. 15 Richmond 73, No. 2 Syracuse 69
Landmark result. The NCAA Clash sees its best beauteous upset, seed-gap wise, in history to this point. The Spiders are the aboriginal No. 15 berry to win a game, accepting able the then-Orangemen acknowledgment to Curtis Blair’s 18 credibility and six assists. Syracuse never leads; Michael Edwards misses a leash in the closing abnormal that would acquire angry it up. Jim Boeheim is 15 years into his head-coaching career by now.
20. West additional round: No. 4 Utah 85, No. 5 Michigan State 84 (2OT)
Utah, in its aboriginal abounding division beneath Rick Majerus, gets out with a win admitting clanking 18 abhorrent shots. The bold takes abode at Arizona’s joint, the McKale Center, and sees Utah’s Josh Grant go for a game-high 29. It’s the final bold of Steve Smith’s MSU career; Smith finishes with 28 points. The Spartans are advantageous to get to overtime. Smith is befuddled on a comedy that additionally provides a layup by MSU’s Matt Steigenga. Then, afore Utah can alkali abroad the bold in OT, Spartans baby advanced Jon Zulauf, who plays alone six minutes, gets an abhorrent backlash off a absent abhorrent advance to beforehand it to addition session. Utah afresh outscores Michigan State 10-9 to accomplish the final 16 for the 11th time in academy history.
21. Final Four: No. 2 Duke 79, No. 1 UNLV 77
A bold that afflicted the aisle of academy basketball. UNLV is 34-0 and is admired as a lock-of-locks accustomed the 30-point abolition of Duke in the 1990 championship; those Runnin’ Rebels are still the alone aggregation to hit the aeon mark in the final bold of the division in clash history. But in ’91, a altered story. Christian Laettner gets 20 credibility in the aboriginal bisected alone. Anderson Hunt is the brilliant for UNLV with 29, while ever-valuable point bouncer Greg Anthony (19 points) fouls out late, which complicates things. Jerry Tarkanian is blood-soaked through his dress shirt amid through the additional half. In the closing seconds, Larry Johnson passes up on a 3-pointer, afresh Hunt’s 3-pointer goes long, smashing off the bottle and rim, and Vegas runs out of chances. It’s admired as one of the best hasty upsets anytime — and Duke is a No. 2 seed! The Blue Devils shoot 52% to survive, and end the fourth-longest win bandage in men’s D-I history at 45 games.
22. East aboriginal round: No. 4 Seton Hall 78, No. 13 La Salle 76
Terry Dehere redeems himself afterwards missing a ambitious champ in the Big East Clash vs. Syracuse beneath than a anniversary prior. The adept bouncer hits a continued 2 with three abnormal larboard to lift SHU over La Salle central Greensboro Coliseum. Dehere finishes with 24 points. Seton Hall apprehension up authoritative 10 of its final 12 shots. At this point in time, La Salle is a affiliate of the MAAC. The Explorers decay an eight-point advance with four account remaining. It’s a stinger for La Salle, which averaged 9.5 3-pointers, best in the country, yet fails to get off a advance in the closing seconds.
23. Midwest additional round: No. 7 Georgia Tech 79, No. 2 USC 78
One of the 10-12 best acclaimed buzzer-beaters in NCAA Clash history. This Trojan aggregation is way too disregarded for how acceptable it was that season. Let’s go to the videotape. Al McGuire, you are so dearly missed. “HOLY MACKEREL!”
And how about this: James Forrest’s acceptable 3-pointer is his alone fabricated leash of the season.
24. East Aristocratic Eight: No. 1 Duke 104, No. 2 Kentucky 103 (OT)
Not abiding abundant of a epitomize is all-important here, because if you’re account this far bottomward you apperceive your hoops. It’s the greatest academy basketball bold of all time and aloof about anybody who has watched or covered academy basketball for an continued aeon of time acknowledges that. The aftereffect serves as a attestation to the acknowledgment of Kentucky’s affairs afterwards abundant sanctions in the 1980s, and it propels Duke, and solidifies the bona fides of Mike Krzyzewski, behindhand of whatever the draft of his career will bring. Christian Laettner’s absolute bold (10 for 10 from the field, 10 for 10 from the abhorrent line), alternating with the best replayed acceptable advance in academy basketball history, cements his cachet as one of the bristles greatest academy basketball players ever.
25. West aboriginal round: No. 15 Santa Clara 64, No. 2 Arizona 61
A apprentice by the name of Steve Nash guides Santa Clara to an agitated that, while surprising, is no absolute admiration due to Arizona’s stumbles in contempo seasons as a awful seeded team. Remarkably, Arizona alone array already in the final 15 minutes. How about some adulation for a gent alleged Pete Eisenrich, who drops 19 on Arizona’s head. Nash misses two abhorrent shots with 7.3 abnormal left, afresh Santa Clara gets the lath and Kevin Dunne misses two abhorrent shots … but Damon Stoudamire can’t hit a continued 3-pointer as time expires. What’s alone about this game: Arizona at one point screams out a 25-0 run. A No. 2 berry — a 20-point action admired at tip — goes on a 25-0 run and loses to a No. 15 seed? It’s a archetypal result. This was the 1,700th aftereffect in NCAA Clash history.
26. West additional round: No. 1 Michigan 86, No. 9 UCLA 84 (OT)
The Wolverines affected a 19-point arrears on their way to eventually authoritative the 1993 appellation game. Jalen Rose misses the ambitious champ in OT, but Jimmy King gets the backlash and drops a bunny with two abnormal left. UCLA drillmaster Jim Harrick goes into a rage, insisting that Rose’s advance did not hit rim and accordingly it’s a shot-clock abuse and UCLA should acquire the ball. Admiral assemble for bristles account and aphorism Rose’s advance did tap iron. Ed O’Bannon’s aftermost advance misses. Chris Webber finishes with 27 and 14 for UM.
27. Final Four: No. 1 Michigan 81, No. 1 Kentucky 78 (OT)
The ’93 appellation bold is added remembered for Chris Webber’s abeyance blunder, but the best bold played in 1993 in New Orleans was amid the Wolverines and Wildcats. Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina all authoritative the civic semis as 1 seeds marks the aboriginal time three No. 1s get to a Final Four. Here, nine advance changes in the additional bisected fabricated for big brawl in New Orleans. Abaft the adeptness of the Fab Bristles — Chris Webber array 27, grabs 13 — Michigan array the game’s final six credibility in OT. Kentucky’s division dies aback Gimel Martinez misses a 3-pointer on UK’s final possession. A UK aggregation abased on 3-point believability shoots alone 7-of-21 from deep, while Michigan wins admitting not authoritative any 3-pointers in 45 minutes. Dale Brown’s acquire abrasion backward in the additional bisected hampers Rick Pitino’s team. It’s the final bold of Jamal Mashburn’s Kentucky career; he array 26 but fouls out in overtime.
28. Championship: No. 1 North Carolina 77, No. 1 Michigan 71
Michigan vs. UNC is a rematch from beforehand in the division that saw UM win 79-78 on a Jalen Rose buzzer-beater. Above-mentioned to Webber’s abeyance blunder, Michigan holds a 67-63 advance with 4:32 to go, and afresh Carolina peels of a 9-0 run that gets the bold to 72-67 in favor of the Heels with 58 ticks left. It’s afterwards a Ray Jackson fabricated jump advance (foot is aloof central the 3-point line) that Michigan takes its aftermost abeyance with 46 abnormal to go at 72-69. Carolina’s Brian Reese accomplish out of bound while accepting the inbounds canyon on the abutting possession, and afresh Webber array on an abhorrent lath afterwards a Jalen Rose miss. From there, you absolutely apperceive the story. But here’s the final 20 seconds.
29. East additional round: No. 9 Boston Academy 75, No. 1 North Carolina 72
Big, big upset. Boston Academy acclimated to be acceptable at academy hoops already aloft a when, kiddos. This agitated chock-full UNC from authoritative the Candied 16 for a 14th beeline tournament. Crazy. Eagles bouncer Gerrod Abram array 21 points, authoritative six 3-pointers. BC, able by Jim O’Brien, gets on acknowledgment to starting four seniors. Bill Curley gets 10 of the Eagles’ final 11 points. At the time, it’s the bigger win in affairs history. UNC loses admitting accepting a berserk able freshmen Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. It’s Wallace who is bamboozled into a bad 3-point advance on Carolina’s ultimate possession. In the postgame, Dean Smith laments poor officiating, as does Stackhouse, who tells reporters afterward: “We accepted them to comedy physical, but there was additionally a lot of bargain shots.”
30. Championship: No. 1 Arkansas 76, No. 2 Duke 72
A about acclimatized clash that’s mostly remembered for this game. Acknowledgment to a 10-point assemblage in the additional bisected by the Hogs, Duke is chock-full from acceptable a third appellation in four seasons. Nolan Richardson becomes the additional African-American drillmaster to win the NCAA Tournament. Richardson additionally becomes the aboriginal drillmaster to win an NCAA, NIT and inferior academy civic championship. The abundant academy hoops book Malcolm Moran, autograph for The New York Times, provides a nice lede: “At long, continued last, Nolan Richardson and his Arkansas Razorbacks becoming their 40 account of heaven.” This is the final bold of Grant Hill’s Duke career. The best memorable highlight from the bold is Scotty Thurman’s emblematic backward 3-pointer. Arkansas built-in Bill Clinton becomes the aboriginal sitting U.S. President to appear a Final Four.
31. East aboriginal round: No. 14 Old Dominion 89, No. 3 Villanova 81 (3OT)
Only triple-overtime bold aback the clash expanded. (VU played in the best contempo one afore this, in 1982 adjoin Northeastern.) Ten years into the broadcast field, the bend of No. 14 and No. 15 seeds acceptable is still aberrant abundant to accompany about civic fizz aback those upsets happen. That said, it’s the additional of two No 14-over-No. 3 seeds that night: Weber State picks off Michigan State in Tallahassee, Florida, while this one’s in Albany, New York. ODU’s Petey Sessoms drops a career-best 35 points. The accident is a bang to the adenoids for Nova, which was advancing off an adorning Big East Clash championship. Kerry Kittles gets 22, while abettor Jason Lawson has 18 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks.
32. West additional round: No. 1 UCLA 75, No. 8 Missouri 74
The Tyus Edney ending. The Bruins would acquire aught championships aback the John Wooden era if not for Edney’s coast-to-coast extenuative layup in Boise, Idho, in 1995. And how would that adapt our aggregate actualization of the program? Plenty rests on that ’95 title. Six dribbles, one of them abaft the back, which is acute in how the Missouri aegis breach bottomward and allows for aloof abundant of an aperture for Edney to get off the winner. Accord Boise a subregional every year for all I care.
33. Midwest Candied 16: No. 2 Arkansas 96, No. 6 Memphis 91 (OT)
The Razorbacks get to afterwards Final Fours, defective overtime in back-to-back amateur (they alo exhausted Syracuse in the additional round) to get there. Here, the Candied 16 in Kansas City. Like so abounding games, it’s listed because of a comeback. Arkansas trails 79-67 with 7:23 remaining. A arguable abhorrent adjoin Memphis with 11.5 abnormal assuming sends Arkansas’ Corey Beck to the abhorrent line. He makes one of two, ties the game, and it goes to OT at 83-all. Tigers drillmaster Larry Finch says the afterwards in the postgame presser: “It makes me mad — (11.5) abnormal larboard on the accursed alarm — and you alarm a accursed draft abhorrent bottomward there aback (we’ve) been mugged all night. That’s ridiculous. I can see why s go off aback they get on this podium. It’s ridiculous! Utterly ridiculous! This is the civic basketball tournament. This is ridiculous.” The Hogs eventually accomplish it to the appellation bold and lose to UCLA, but their 60 3-pointers set a almanac (easily topped since) for best in one Dance.
34. West aboriginal round: No. 1 Purdue 73, No. 16 Western Carolina 71
Some still acquire this No. 1 vs. No, 16 berry bold is absolutely the abutting barber anytime for any No. 1 berry to survive the aboriginal round. A Thursday night affair, and a abutting bold throughout. The Catamounts, bottomward by two, get two affairs in the crumbling abnormal to accomplish history. Up two, Purdue’s Brad Miller misses the advanced end of a one-and-one with 11.6 abnormal remaining. WCU’s Joel Fleming chucks up a 3-pointer, afresh Joe Stafford gets the lath and misses a jumper at the horn. Western Carolina drillmaster Phil Hopkins has a adolescent abettor on his agents by the name of Thad Matta; Hopkins will be accursed in 2000 and out of academy basketball altogether a decade later. The Catamounts haven’t been aback to the NCAAs since. Purdue loses in the abutting annular to Georgia, which enables this abutting bold to be possible.
35. West Candied 16: No. 4 Syracuse 83, No. 8 Georgia 81 (OT)
One of the bristles or six best Candied 16 amateur in history. The Orangemen win acknowledgment to a 20-footer by John Wallace with beneath than three abnormal to go in OT. Georgia, able by Tubby Smith, assault it in adjustment and in the benefit session, too. SU gets it to chargeless bandage acknowledgment to Jason Cipolla’s advance in the final second. Afterwards the game, Smith says, “I absent a seven-overtime bold in aerial school. That was tougher, but this is close.” The final arrangement is NCAA Clash aberration at its best. Wallace, who avoids abuse out admitting accepting four fouls for final 17 minutes, puts up a barbarian of a game: 30 points, 15 boards. Pertha Robinson’s name is absent to history. Had his 3-pointer been the final bucket, who knows what becomes of Georgia? Syracuse, afterwards all, makes it all the way to the appellation game. Enjoy this picture-in-picture. Anyone account this built-in afterwards 1994 doesn’t alike KNOW.
36. Midwest Candied 16: No. 1 Minnesota 90, No. 4 Clemson 84 (2OT)
A action of streaks and stalls, Clemson overcomes a 15-point arrears and finagles a tie at the end of adjustment afterwards abaft by four with 20 abnormal left. Tony Christie’s layup at the buzzer extends the game. The MVP actuality goes to Minnesota’s Bobby Jackson (personal-best 36 points), while abettor Sam Jacobson puts up 29. Clemson is able by a adolescent Rick Barnes, and one of his bigger players is a adolescent man, Merl Code, who will become accepted for article absolutely altered added than two decades later. Clemson assault a six-point advance in the final minute and a half, enabling a additional OT. This bounded additionally had UCLA 74-73 in OT over Iowa State, Cameron Dollar’s layup in the closing abnormal blame UCLA alternating to the Aristocratic Eight.
37. Southeast Candied 16: No. 4 Arizona 85, No. 1 Kansas 82
Arizona acceptable the ’97 championship has somewhat aerial the shock agency of this upset. The 1996-97 Jayhawks team, led by Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz, calmly advance as a top-five KU club in academy history and maybe the best non-Final Four aggregation ever? The abstraction that fourth-seeded Arizona would agitated this one-loss Kansas bandage is loony. Arizona avenges its ’96 NCAA Clash accident to Kansas, but it’s a skin-of-their-teeth win. KU storms aback from bottomward 10 late, afresh fails to get it to overtime afterwards three absent 3-pointers. The bold takes abode in Birmingham, Alabama. Mike Bibby array a team-best 21 for U of A. The Wildcats booty 14 added abhorrent shots than KU. This bold is followed up by a Zona double-OT win over Providence in Aristocratic Eight, the 2,000th bold in NCAA Clash history, and one that about fabricated this list.
38. Championship: No. 4 Arizona 84, No. 1 Kentucky 79 (OT)
With the advance of coronavirus abeyance the 2020 NCAA Tournament, replays of able amateur acquire led to rediscovery of clash classics. Conceivably no bold has been accustomed a added acceptable appraisement than this one, the sixth of eight appellation amateur to anytime crave overtime. Arizona actualization a aggregation with bristles approaching NBA players (Miles Simon, Mike Bibby, Jason Terry, Michael Dickerson, A.J. Bramlett). They will win this game, afresh all acknowledgment to academy in the fall. Anthony Epps’ up-and-under 3-pointer with 12.1 abnormal to go ties the bold and induces overtime. In retrospect, it’s a advance not accustomed abundant love. In the benefit session, Arizona wins admitting not authoritative a acreage goal; all its credibility appear via abhorrent shots. This is the final bold at Kentucky for Epps, Ron Mercer and Rick Pitino. Arizona is still the alone aggregation to exhausted three No. 1 seeds in the aforementioned NCAA Clash — and it’s still the best contempo best from the Pac-12.
39. Midwest aboriginal round: No. 13 Valparaiso 70, No. 4 Mississippi 69
There is no charge to bury the video of Bryce Drew’s champ because you can already cue it up in your mind’s eye. Shouts to Ted Robinson, who makes the “Drew! For the win! Gooood!!” call. Aback that highlight is so accustomed every mid-March, it’s key to bethink the ambience that fabricated it possible. Aboriginal off, Drew misses a 3-point advance with bristles abnormal left. Afresh Ole Miss’ Ansu Sesay (did you know: the ’98 SEC Amateur of the Year) misses a abhorrent shot. Valpo takes its aftermost timeout, afresh Sesay gain to absence his second. Valpo is adored because the brawl is deflected out of bound on the miss. With 2.5 to go, “Pacer” is alleged and a comedy architecture for the ages is revealed. Initially, Bill Jenkins gets on the baseline to entering the ball. Afresh Jamie Sykes — a aloft baseball amateur — is instructed to handle the toss. Jenkins — a aloft volleyball amateur — apprehension up communicable Sykes’ inbounds pass, cautiously gets it to Drew anon and history in Oklahoma Burghal happens.
40. East Candied 16: No. 2 Connecticut 75, No. 11 Washington 74
Best remembered for Sean McDonough’s “Hamilton … HAMILTON AT THE BUZZER!” call, as Richard Hamilton drops in to acquire a loose-ball blaze — off Jake Voskuhl’s absence — afresh he misses a ambitious winner, alone to ascertain the abhorrent rebound’s popped into the air. Hamilton snares it with his larboard duke with two abnormal to go, afresh releases the draft in a be-quick-but-don’t-hurry fashion. Air-conditioned nerves, air-conditioned winner. It’s the aboriginal buzzer-beater of Hamilton’s life, his advance aloof arcing over the appropriate arm of 7-footer Patrick Femerling.
41. Final Four: No. 2 Kentucky 86, No. 3 Stanford 85 (OT)
This is amid the best disregarded cool civic semis of the able 30 years. Already aloft a time, Stanford was a year-over-year civic power, a top-10 affairs in the country. That was a bearing ago. On this night, Tubby Smith-coached Kentucky gets on but not afore falling abaft for the aboriginal 30 minutes; it doesn’t advance until the bold is 54-53. Jamaal Magloire’s backward block on Arthur Lee proves pivotal, as does the ascendancy arrow actuality in Kentucky’s favor afterwards a jump-ball is alleged in the closing seconds. Jeff Sheppard array 27, added than he’d anytime done in a Wildcats uniform. Abhorrent agitation banned Nazr Mohammed to four account in the aboriginal half. In assault Stanford, UK’s joins Duke in 1992 and UCLA in 1973 to accomplish the appellation bold three afterwards seasons.
42. West aboriginal round: No. 14 Weber State 76, No. 3 North Carolina 74
The shock bulk of this one maybe has exhausted abroad in the 21 years since, but a academy like Weber State (with Harold “The Show” Arceneaux) giving the cossack to a assertive like UNC was still not awfully accepted in agreement of No. 14-over-No. 3 berry or No. 15-over-No. 2 upsets. UNC had a few dudes: Brendan Haywood, Ed Cota, Ronald Curry, Jason Capel. It was Arceneaux’s abduct in the closing abnormal to clinched the W. As I’ve abundant prior, the 1999 clash had a antic aboriginal weekend but I can’t fit ’em all in here.
43. Midwest aboriginal round: No. 10 Miami (Ohio) 59, No. 7 Washington 58
Senior adeptness advanced Wally Szczerbiak becomes an NCAA Clash fable acknowledgment to bottomward a career-high 43 credibility — uh, hello: Miami-Ohio alone totals 59 — additional 12 rebounds, afresh locks up the bold with a block on UW’s Senque Carey. The bold actualization bristles ties and bristles advance changes, with Szczerbiak amphitheatre 39 of 40 minutes. Donald Watts finishes with 28 for Washington, which suffers one-point defeats in back-to-back tournaments. It’s one of the 15-or-so best alone performances in clash history. The RedHawks accomplish it to the Candied 16 and abatement to third-seeded Kentucky.
44. West Candied 16: No. 10 Gonzaga 73, No. 6 Florida 72
It is Dan Monson, not Mark Few, who is the drillmaster aback Gonzaga’s administration as a affairs changes forever. Florida’s Greg Stolt drills a 3-pointer with 45 abnormal larboard to put the Gators up three. They won’t account again. Jeremy Eaton converts a layup to cut it to one with beneath than 25 abnormal to go. A biking on UF’s Ben Wright gives it aback to the Zags. Quentin Hall’s absent advance opens the befalling for Casey Calvary, whose put-back gives the ’99 clash a accurate faculty of magic. This is the bold that actualization Gus Johnson’s aboriginal acclaimed call, “The slipper STILL FITS!” This is the bold that fabricated Gonzaga Gonzaga. The Bulldogs’ run ends adjoin the closing champs two canicule later, but alone by bristles points. Afterwards the division Monson leaves for Minnesota, Few gets answer from aural and the draft is history.
45. Championship: No. 1 Connecticut 77, No. 1 Duke 74
To my mind, one of the bristles best engrossing, can’t-turn-away civic appellation amateur of the able 30 years. One-loss Duke is a 9.5-point admired at tip adjoin acutely under-appreciated Connecticut, which,oh by the way, was the alone added aggregation that division to be No. 1. (In 1999, a purveying anticipation is that this Duke aggregation is so tacked, it’s additional assemblage could win the title.) Richard Hamilton gets 27. Khalid El-Amin dekes Elton Brand and hits a catchy abbreviate advance to put UConn up three with 65 abnormal to go. Ricky Moore has one of the arch amateur of his career, fabricated all the added absorbing by the actuality he Ds up William Avery — who he played aerial academy basketball with — and helps accumulate accommodate on Duke’s best alarming player, Trajan Langdon. Langdon’s academy career ends with trip-ups: he campaign on Duke’s penultimate possession, in which it could acquire won the game, and afresh can’t alike get up a advance afore time expires afterwards El-Amin’s two abhorrent shots accord UConn a three-point cushion. In the postgame, Langdon refuses to allude a abhorrent should acquire been called. For the ninth time that season, UConn wins afterwards abaft at the half. Jim Calhoun, 27 years into his head-coaching career, gets to the top of the mountain.
46. Midwest aboriginal round: No. 5 Kentucky 85, No. 12 St. Bonaventure 80 (2OT)
You adeptness see a few on this account that you’ve alone about, and maybe this one qualifies. (I’ll abscond in a quick acknowledgment of addition 2000 first-rounder that accustomed absolute consideration: Kansas over DePaul in an No. 8 vs. No. 9 that featured no advance bigger than bristles for either side.) This one was the aboriginal tip of that ’00 tournament. Kentucky loses this bold if Tayshaun Prince (game-high 28 credibility in 48 minutes) isn’t on the roster. The Bonnies acquire the brawl and a three-point advance with 25 abnormal to go, but a absent 3-pointer by J.R. Bremer allows an befalling for Prince, who hits a addition 3-pointer off a awning with seven abnormal remaining. In OT, UK’s Marvin Stone fouls David Capers with 0.4 left, and Capers hits all three to get it to bifold OT. The abundant Kevin Harlan on the call.
47. East aboriginal round: No. 5 Florida 69, No. 12 Butler 68 (OT)
There are assertive amateur that attach themselves to our memories because of breadth they were played. You say Wake Forest’s court, and I anticipate about Florida and Mike Miller accepting able Butler as abundant as I do any Demon Deacon bold anytime played in Winston-Salem. At the time of this one, Butler’s actual abundant so the contemporary No. 12-over-No. 5 pick. If you appetite to accomplish the altercation Florida didn’t deserve to win, you could body a solid case. But it’s an ballsy either way, and I’m animated that’s the case because the 2000 clash on the able is acquiescent on acute games.
48. West aboriginal round: No. 15 Hampton 58, No. 2 Iowa State 57
If 2000 was thin, afresh maybe the 2001 NCAA Clash was the weakest one all-embracing in agreement of abutting amateur and memorable finishes. But if that’s the case, it is so with the barring of not aloof one bold but one subregion. Hampton (17.5-point dogs) advantageous Iowa State is unforgettable, but that Boise, Idaho, armpit was apparently the best single-day, four-game armpit in clash history. Four amateur were absitively by a absolute of seven points: No. 11 Georgia State 50, No. 6 Wisconsin 49; No. 3 Maryland 83, No. 14 George Mason 80; No. 10 Georgetown 63, No. 7 Arkansas 61; and the Hampton finish, which is array of added amazing because of the actuality it was the aftermost bold played that day in Boise and in actuality the final tip on that aperture Thursday. Article appropriate that day in Idaho.
49. Midwest aboriginal round: No. 12 Creighton 83, No. 5 Florida 82 (2OT)
Creighton overcomes an eight-point arrears with 2:40 in regulation. Florida gives it up in allotment because of a five-second alarm with 29.4 abnormal left. Brett Nelson’s ambitious game-winner doesn’t fall. The United Center in Chicago is host to a No. 23-wearing, smooth-jump-shooting inferior alleged Terrell Taylor, who hits a admirable 3-pointer with 0.2 larboard in bifold OT. Taylor, who has a Michael Jordan tattoo, finishes with 28 points. Kyle Korver, who will go on to be one of the best shooters in the NBA, is not on the floor; he’s befuddled out. Gators bouncer Justin Hamilton sums up the agitated this way: “We able none of our goals. To me, this division was all for nothing. To me, we absent every bold the aforementioned way.”
50. South Candied 16: No. 5 Indiana 74, No. 1 Duke 73
The final images of Jason Williams’ Duke career accommodate him cursing to himself afterwards he releases a abhorrent advance an anon recognizes it’s not activity to go in. Central Rupp Arena, Indiana does it. Duke (13-point favorites in a Candied 16 game) assault a 17-point lead, as IU green Jared Jeffries picks a admirable time for one of his best amateur in blood-soaked and cream: 24 points, 15 rebounds. Tom Coverdale’s achievement gives achievement to butterball white boys aloft the country. (Redheads, too.) IU wins admitting 23 turnovers. It’s the alone accurate admiration of the ’02 tournament. IU is fueled by the win and makes it to the civic appellation game, breadth it avalanche to Maryland, which had its antecedent clash run end at the calmly of … Duke.
51. South aboriginal round: No. 6 Maryland 75, No. 11 UNC Wilmington 73
A year afterwards Maryland wins its aboriginal civic championship, Juan Dixon, Lonnie Baxter, Byron Mouton and Chris Wilcox are gone. But Drew Nicholas is there. And Nicholas’ knee-pump, off-balance, drifting-right 3-pointer from the addition swishes. He hops and hops and skips out of the acknowledgment of the amphitheatre and runs to the locker room. Alone almanac from this game: UNC Wilmington’s John Goldsberry goes 8 for 8 from 3-point land, the best fabricated 3-pointer’s afterwards a absence in tourney history.
52. West additional round: No. 1 Arizona 96, No. 9 Gonzaga 95 (2OT)
There are abounding admirable candidates, but I anticipate this is the best second-round bold I’ve anytime seen. Crazy energy, and assiduous agnosticism Arizona can escape Gonzaga. It goes bottomward in Alkali Lake Burghal at the Huntsman Center on a Saturday night. Arizona is a assertive program, boasting the brand of Salim Stoudamire, Jason Gardner, Channing Frye (22 and 12) and Luke Walton (16 points, nine assists, three steals, two blocks). Walton’s brazier with 4.1 larboard in OT extends the game, but alone because Blake Stepp aloof misses a 40-footer at the end of OT. Tony Skinner gets a career-best 25 credibility but can’t hit a advance in the closing abnormal to cull an agitated that would acquire baffled annihilation above-mentioned in Gonzaga’s history. Stepp, who additionally array 25, has the game’s final advance that aloof comes off amiss and smacks bottle afore rolling off the rim. Ironically, the game’s aftermost credibility appear via Stoudamire with 2:03 to go. The abundant Dick Enberg on the alarm here.
53. Midwest additional round: No. 9 UAB 76, No. 1 Kentucky 75
One of the few abundant Kentucky teams to abort to accomplish it to the Candied 16. Kentucky is listed as the No. 1 all-embracing berry in the countdown year of the alternative lath authoritative that distinction. Mo Finley’s 17-footer with 12.2 abnormal to go pushes the Blazers able the Wildcats; Gerald Fitch’s 3-pointer with 2.2 to go, and Chuck Hayes’ put-back, rolls wrong. It’s UAB’s aboriginal Candied 16 actualization in 22 years and about 23 years to the day aback UAB exhausted Kentucky in the ’81 tourney. The clash fails to get two of its No. 1 seeds to the additional weekend; beforehand in the day, Stanford avalanche to Alabama. The defining comedy is Ronell Taylor’s fast-break abduct and instinctual/no-look over-the-head canyon to his accompanying brother, Donell, whose douse puts UAB up 10 amid through the additional half.
54. East Aristocratic Eight: No. 2 Oklahoma State 64, No. 1 Saint Joseph’s 62
If Saint Joe’s was activity to acquire its division end afore accepting to the Final Four, it adapted this affectionate of game. A cool minute-long abutting to the bold (no timeouts called) is capped by a John Lucas 3-pointer with 6.9 abnormal to lift Oklahoma State to its sixth Final Four. The Hawks get their shot, and appropriately it’s Jameer Nelson who takes it, but it’s aloof to the right. Accustomed the babel about SJU and its best approved division — and the analytical appraisal put alternating by Billy Packer of Phil Martelli’s team; on Alternative Sunday he said Oklahoma State should acquire been the No. 1 berry — this bounded final becomes the best advancing bold of the aboriginal two weekends of the tournament.
55. Final Four: No. 2 Connecticut 79, No. 1 Duke 78
The Huskies cull the rug out from beneath the Blue Devils by scoring the game’s final 12 points. Civic Amateur of the Year Emeka Okafor — who absent best of the aboriginal bisected with abhorrent agitation — puts on a arresting dispensary in the closing four account to save his team’s season. Shelden Williams, Shavlik Randolph and Nick Horvath all abhorrent out for Duke. Luol Deng and J.J. Redick, who misses a key backward 3-pointer, are additionally on this team. Mike Krzyzewski is heard yelling, “You cheated us!” at official Ted Hillary backward in the contest. The alarm is a wakeup for UConn, which won its antecedent four amateur by 17 credibility on average. This one is additionally remembered for its bad-beat finish: Chris Duhon cashes a active 30-footer as time expires, acceptance Duke to awning the 3-point spread.
56. East aboriginal round: No. 14 Bucknell 64, No. 3 Kansas 63
The aboriginal NCAA Clash win in Bucknell — and Patriot Alliance — history arrives acknowledgment to Chris McNaughton affairs off a bend advance over the abundant Wayne Simien with 10.5 abnormal to go. Simien (24 points, 10 rebounds) misses on the abutting possession, and Kansas loses in the aboriginal annular for the aboriginal time aback 1978. Bucknell’s bandage never alike shows (the academy is on bounce break) so Northern Iowa’s pep bandage accomplish in. It’s the final academy bold for Simien, Aaron Miles and Keith Langford. This is a backward tip on a Thursday night in Oklahoma City; Kansas a 13.5-point favorite. A brace of hours earlier, Vermont upsets Syracuse in Worcester, Massachusetts.
57. West additional round: No. 7 West Virginia, No. 2 Wake Forest (2OT)
John Beilein-coached West Virginia trails by 13 at halftime but gets 19 credibility from Mike Gansey alone (29 in all) in two overtimes to cull off one of the best absorbing wins in second-round history. It’s somewhat alone how acceptable this Wake Forest aggregation was. Chris Paul was on this team, as was Justin Gray, Eric Williams and Taron Downey, whose 3-pointer with 13 abnormal larboard ties the bold in regulation. A additional OT is bare afterwards Williams blocks Johannes Herber’s layup. It’s 2005 and Wake Forest has the No. 1 breach in the country. WVU wins its sixth bold in 11 days, accomplishing so two canicule removed from about accepting by Creighton. The bold is played on the beautifully abominable cloister of Cleveland State and the 34 credibility in both overtimes set an NCAA Clash record.
58. South Aristocratic Eight: No. 5 Michigan State 94, No. 2 Kentucky 88 (2OT)
This bold is associated with Texas’ home attic and Patrick Sparks aloof about dispatch aloft the 3-point bandage and biconcave a hit-the-rim-four-times 3-pointer to accelerate the bold to overtime. But the absolute arrangement is bonkers. Sparks has his aboriginal 3-point advance nipped by Matt Trannon, afresh Kelenna Azubuike gets the board, puts up a fallaway 3-pointer but it hits aloof the appropriate allotment of the advanced of the rim to backlash aback to Sparks for one added go-go-go 3-point advance that drops. It’s abrupt accretion for Sparks, who absent a abhorrent advance to tie the bold on UK’s above-mentioned possession. But as these things sometimes go: Michigan State absolutely wins the game. Shannon Brown leads all scorers with 24.
59. Midwest Aristocratic Eight: No. 1 Illinois 90, No. 2 Arizona 89 (OT)
On an ballsy weekend for the Aristocratic Eight, this bold is remembered aloft all others. Addition blithely loaded Arizona aggregation (Channing Frye, Salim Stoudamire, Hassan Adams, Mustafa Shakur) gives up a 15-point advance with a quickness. Arizona leads 75-60 with 3:55 to go, afresh it chops from 77-68 — Arizona ball, with 1:30 actual — to 80-77 alone 45 abnormal later. A archetypal not aloof because of the comeback, but because of the talent. The best Illinois aggregation ever, led by the three-guard advance of Deron Williams, Dee Brown and Luther Head. Williams’ 3-pointer, afterwards a barbarous Arizona turnover, ties the bold at 80. The bold actualization 23 steals, 23 3-pointers, and Arizona loses admitting 85% abhorrent cutting — and alone 10 fouls committed. Illinois shoots bigger from 3-point ambit (45.7%) than 2 (45.1%). (Forgive me for not including Louisville’s 93-85 overtime Aristocratic Eight win over West Virginia. The Cards appear aback from 20 bottomward to exhausted the Mountaineers, and the ’05 Aristocratic Eight is apparently the best ever, but I can’t clasp ’em all in.)
60. South aboriginal round: No. 14 Northwestern State 64, No. 3 Iowa 63
The No. 1-ranked aegis in the country is agitated aback Jermaine Wallace buries a amazing 3-pointer from the lower-left-hand bend of Oakland’s absolutely abominable home floor. Few winners in NCAA Clash history are as cool as Wallace’s prayer. He tells reporters afterwards that he saw the advance abatement through by attractive abaft the backboard glass, due to breadth he landed. The agitated comes as the acme of a 17-point assemblage in the final eight-plus minutes. It’s the seventh time Northwestern State wins afterwards abaft by bifold digits that season. The Iowa accident leads to belief that Steve Alford will leave for the anew alone Indiana job.
61. South Candied 16: No. 2 Texas 74, No. 6 West Virginia 71
It’s the additional win that division for UT over WVU: The Longhorns won 76-75 in November. The final NCAA Clash bold of John Beilein’s West Virginia career ends with a semi-splayed-and-made 3-pointer by Texas’ Kenton Paulino, one of the best sharpshooters in affairs history. The advance comes afterwards Kevin Pittsnogle’s 3-pointer with bristles abnormal larboard ties the bold at 71. WVU makes 15 3-pointers; Texas makes four. LaMarcus Aldridge array a game-high 26. It’s additionally the final bold at West Virginia for Pittsnogle and Mike Gansey. The ’06 bracket was quality.
62. West Candied 16: No. 2 UCLA 73, No. 3 Gonzaga 71
One of the bigger asphyxiate jobs, as Gonzaga assault a nine-point advance with three account actual (and a 17-point advance agitated over from the aboriginal half). The constant angel of Adam Morrison folding over and crying, face bottomward at midcourt in Oakland, defines the affliction aspect of this tournament. Morrison’s GU career ends as frustratingly as maybe any Civic Amateur of the Year anytime — and it happens on the aforementioned night J.J. Redick and Duke get done in by LSU. Credit to UCLA’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, whose layup with 10 abnormal larboard gives the Bruins the lead, capping an 11-0 UCLA Run. Mbah a Moute’s abduct on Derek Raivio is the arrow to the heart. “Batista with the CAA-AAATCH!!!” But J.P. Batista’s advance doesn’t alike hit rim.
63. East Aristocratic Eight: No. 11 George Mason 86, No. 1 Connecticut 84 (OT)
George Mason’s bus crashes into a anchored car on the way to the arena. Undersized but big-hearted GMU outplays a UConn frontline that led the nation in blocks. It’s Washington, D.C., so there’s no curtailment of Patriot admirers (from adjacent Fairfax, Virginia) in the building. It’s considerately a absolutely played game: 20 absolute turnovers, 49% shooting, no foul-outs. Huge plays, big blocks, affection swings every 60-100 seconds. Mason plays alone its starters for the final 15:37 and overtime and runs the aforementioned comedy about 20 times. Denham Brown’s about-face layup with 0.2 abnormal gets UConn to OT. It’s Brown who misses the final advance of the game. Years later, Jim Larranaga admits to me he was tempted, on a age-old level, to abduct the brawl abroad from Brown on that play. George Mason becomes the aboriginal double-digit berry in 20 years to accomplish the Final Four. Six players on UConn’s agenda will comedy in the NBA. It’s a top-three Aristocratic Eight bold in clash history. If you appetite to apprentice added about George Mason’s cool run, I acquire aloof the adventure for you.
64. South additional round: No. 1 Ohio State State 78, No. 9 Xavier 71 (OT)
Don’t let the seven-point allowance fool you. This was a beaut at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena. It’s the additional activity in 73 years amid two schools afar by a two hour drive in Ohio. OSU would acquire been addition No. 1-seed allotment of casualty had Ron Lewis not fabricated a booming 3-pointer with two abnormal actual in regulation. Xavier can’t authority on to an 11-point advance with seven-plus account lingering, as Thad Matta beats his aloft team. Greg Oden fouls out with 2:54 actual and OSU bottomward nine. It seems done. Xavier, able by Sean Miller, is activity to the Candied 16. But there’s this added star, Mike Conley Jr., who saves the day and takes over in OT. Justin Cage, who was recruited by Matta to comedy at Xavier, finishes with 25 credibility in the loss.
65. South Candied 16: No. 1 Ohio State 85, No. 5 Tennessee 84
The Buckeyes survive back-to-back thrillers, defective double-digit comebacks in both games. Again, Oden can’t contrivance abhorrent trouble. Again, Lewis (25 points) has to advice save hide, this time in San Antonio. OSU comes aback from abaft by 20, eventually attached the bold at 79 with 2:44, acknowledgment to a 3-pointer by David Lighty. Conley Jr. hits the acceptable advance via the abhorrent line, 6.5 abnormal assuming on the clock. Tennessee’s Ramar Smith grabs Conley’s absence on the additional shot, worms his way up the attic afresh fails to catechumen on the aftermost possession. It’s Oden aerial in wait, swatting the attempt. SEC Amateur of the Year Chris Loften’s array 24. The bold additionally actualization Wayne Chism and his awful placed headband.
66. West aboriginal round: No. 12 Western Kentucky 101, No. 5 Drake 99
Start to finish, the best bold of the 2008 tournament. Bethink that one division breadth Drake was about ridiculously good? Drake got a NO. 5 SEED, PEOPLE! At the time this bold sets the almanac for best fabricated 3-pointers in a clash bold (30). Ty Rogers’ acceptable 3-pointer is the memorable moment. How about this: Rogers alone denticulate 11 of WKU’s 101 points, and in actuality his acceptable advance in OT was the alone buzzer-beater of that tourney. Alike wilder: it was the aboriginal game-winning advance in the NCAA Clash at that point aback Nicholas for Maryland in ’03. Tyrone Brazelton put up 33 for WKU and in actuality absitively to canyon to Rogers, who was nonetheless draped by Drake. Cash. The 42 3-point attempts is additional best in clash history (Saint Joe’s-Boston College, 1997).
67. Midwest aboriginal round: No. 10 Davidson 82, No. 7 Gonzaga 76
Three nominees for Stephen Curry (he wasn’t Steph yet) in the ’08 Dance. This was the best of Davidson’s four games. (The Kansas one was close, but low-scoring, and KU had broken ascendancy for best of that one.) Gonzaga in actuality should acquire won here. Mark Few’s aggregation led for the aboriginal 32-plus minutes. Gonzaga was constant from deep, and afresh Curry alone 30 of his 40 credibility in the final 20 minutes. This is the bold that animated Curry to oh-that- status, and afresh the Aristocratic Eight run fabricated him a domiciliary name.
68. Championship: No. 1 Kansas 75, No. 1 Memphis 68 (OT)
A fever-pitched bold with cool athletes: 11 players in this bold will comedy in the NBA. Chalmers for the tie: YES! Mario Chalmers hits an angled 3-pointer with 2.1 abnormal assuming to adhesive Kansas’ nine-point improvement in the final 2:12 on Memphis, which would acquire won if not for key absent abhorrent shots by Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose. Robert Dozier’s mid-court boost for the championship goes begging. Rose (18 points) plays all 45 minutes. KU’s Darrell Arthur is a stud, activity for 20 and 10. In the added session, Kansas array the aboriginal six points, allowance it needs as Memphis sneaks afterpiece but never overthrows. Afterward, Kansas drillmaster Bill Self says of Chalmers’ 3-pointer, “It’ll apparently be the bigger advance anytime fabricated in Kansas history.”
69. Midwest aboriginal round: No. 9 Siena 74, No. 8 Ohio State 72 (2OT)
Best accepted for Bill Raftery’s “Oh! Onions! Bifold order!” alarm afterwards Ronald Moore’s 3-pointer helps Siena allowance the bold in the additional overtime. A lot of brawl in this one, a attenuate case in which a No. 8 vs. No. 9 antagonism has a Cinderella/underdog feel to it. How about a MAAC aggregation accepting a No. 9 seed? Aback are we activity to see article like that again? This one was the final tip of the aboriginal annular aback in ’09 and had endless of advance changes to boot. Absorbing Ohio State team: Evan Turner, Jon Diebler, William Buford amid the starters. Siena grabs 21 abhorrent rebounds, giving the affairs its additional beeline first-round win.
70. East Aristocratic Eight: No. 3 Villanova 78, No. 1 Pittsburgh 76
The Scottie Reynolds winner, and had Villanova not won titles in 2016 or 2018, Reynolds’ coast-to-coast abscond to the bandage would apparently be the second-biggest moment in Nova history. But don’t let contempo VU successes adumbrate how big this win was and how titanic a antagonism we had here. The Big East in 2009 was arguably the best appointment in the country: UConn, Louisville and Pitt, all in the alliance then, all acquire No. 1 seeds. Affection Pitt club (Sam Young, DeJuan Blair, Levance Fields) that Nova upends in Boston. And this was the best bold of the ’09 bracket.
71. West aboriginal round: No. 7 BYU 99, No. 10 Florida 92 (2OT)
Strap in, because the 2010 tournament’s amid the bristles best in history. (Eight double-digit seeds won in the aboriginal round.) This is prime Jimmer Fredette. He goes for 37 points, authoritative two 3-pointers in bifold OT to get BYU able Chandler Parsons and the Gators. Parsons (20 points) is a March hero if either of his attempts at the end of adjustment or OT fall. Kenny Boynton gets 27 points, accustomed Florida from bottomward 13 to demography the advance afore OT. It’s Florida’s aboriginal tourney actualization aback acceptable the 2007 title. BYU had absent seven beeline aboriginal annular amateur afore this one.
72. Midwest additional round: No. 9 Northern Iowa 69, No. 1 Kansas 67
The night “Farokhmanesh” became a verb — no, a lifestyle. The No. 1 all-embracing berry is baffled in Oklahoma City. This is the awe-inspiring agitated of 2010. Kansas was a apparatus in 2009-10. Northern Iowa was no shrinking violet — accepting a No. 9 berry out of the MVC is a arresting of its adeptness — but this was nonetheless not predicted by anybody. Ali Farokhmanesh’s no-no-OH!! 3-pointer to put UNI up 66-62, with added than 30 abnormal larboard on the advance clock, is “onions!” defined. You may not realize: Farokhmanesh hit a 3-pointer with 4.9 abnormal two canicule above-mentioned to get UNI able UNLV. Kansas’ accident is the aboriginal in six years by a No. 1 berry above-mentioned to the Candied 16. It’s the Jayhawks’ third accident in six tournaments to a mid-major aggregation in the aperture weekend.
73. Midwest additional round: No. 5 Michigan State 85, No. 4 Maryland 83
Very few instances breadth two of the top 100 amateur happened in the aforementioned region, aforementioned allotment of the bracket like this one accident appropriate beneath UNI-Kansas (they were in altered cities, though, due to podding). Here, a Sunday afternoon run in Spokane, Washington. Whiplash ending, absorbing game. Michigan State controls best of the way admitting accident Kalin Lucas in the aboriginal bisected to a broken Achilles. It additionally doesn’t acquire Chris Allen (foot) best of the bold — and Durrell Summers is aback alarming (26 points). Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez (26 points) helps eradicate a 16-point arrears by hitting a adroit turn-and-shoot mid-range jumper with seven abnormal to go, capping a access in which he denticulate nine of Maryland’s final 11. No timeout. Draymond Green brings the brawl up the floor. Korie Lucious catches his eye to the right. Green fires a pass, but he doesn’t see abettor Delvon Roe, who goes Neo-in-the-Matrix and ducks to abstain the brawl hitting his head. Lucious catches — and cashes. Buzzer. Game. Nobody realizes these teams will allotment the aforementioned appointment in 15 months.
74. West Candied 16: No. 2 Kansas State 101, No. 6 Xavier 96 (2OT)
The fifth OT bold of the 2010 tourney. K-State holds three-point leads with beneath than 10 abnormal to go at the end of adjustment and OT but can’t clinch. First, Xavier’s Tu Holloway (who goes by Terrell at the time) hits three abhorrent shots with bristles abnormal actual afterwards K-State’s Denis Clemente fouls him above-mentioned to the acreage ambition advance ,but it’s not bent by the officials; the additional is, as he’s shooting. In OT, X’s Jordan Crawford (career-high 32 points) sinks a 34-footer with the alarm dying for bristles added account of chargeless hoop. Jacob Pullen’s 3-pointers in the additional overtime gets Kansas State to its aboriginal Aristocratic Eight aback 1988. Huge shots, amazing atmosphere, Gus Johnson on the alarm in Alkali Lake City. Afterward, Xavier drillmaster Chris Mack proclaims it’s “as acceptable a bold as I’ve anytime able or been a allotment of.” It’s the fourth bold in as abounding seasons amid these teams.
75. Championship: No. 1 Duke 61, No. 5 Butler 59
The best acclaimed absent advance in NCAA Clash history. Butler overcomes a two-point win adjoin Murray State, a four-point win adjoin Syracuse, a seven-point win vs. K-State and a two-point achievement over Michigan State to accommodated with academy hoops royalty. The head-to-head alone is meaningful. The appellation bold is in Indianapolis, home burghal to Butler. Some players go to chic that morning. The bold is an afraid but concrete affair; the advance never swells to added than six points. Butler has the brawl with 13 abnormal remaining. Gordon Hayward tries to accomplish the comedy but misses a fallaway jumper, over Brian Zoubek, on the baseline. Afterwards Zoubek makes his aboriginal chargeless throw, Mike Krzyzewski instructs him to carefully absence his additional abhorrent advance to abet Butler — no timeouts — into a clutter play. That’s what makes the Greatest Absence in Clash History possible.
76. Southeast additional round: No. 8 Butler 71, No. 1 Pittsburgh 70
The final 7.1 abnormal booty added than 10 account to complete, due to reviews. All that transpires could affect a masochistic novella. The bold itself is a abundant one, but we’ll abscess it bottomward to the final attenuated seconds. Pitt leads 69-68. Butler ball. Shawn Vanzant dishes over his arch to Andrew Smith, who converts in cartage with 2.2 left. No timeouts for either team. Gilbert Brown takes an bend to acquire a pass, is cut off by Shelvin Mack, and the admiral alarm a foul. Brad Stevens is so mad he adeptness run his calmly through his hair. Brown makes his aboriginal chargeless throw, but afterwards he misses the second, Pitt’s Nasir Robinson fouls Matt Howard on the afar brawl chase. Howard absolutely attempts to get off a advance 84 anxiety from the rim. It’s spaz-tastic. The alarm block from 1.4 to 0.8. Farcical. Howard makes the aboriginal and carefully misses the additional — calling an answer to Butler’s accident in the appellation bold a division prior.
77. Southwest Candied 16: No. 11 VCU 72, No. 10 Florida State 71 (OT)
VCU, which played in the Aboriginal Four, needs bristles wins to accomplish the Final Four. It’s fourth one is the best compelling. This is the aboriginal No. 10 vs. No. 11 antagonism in NCAA Clash history. The teams about-face leads and runs, FSU never activity up by added than four. Bradford Burgess’ layup with 7.1 in OT, and Rob Branderberg’s block on Derwin Kitchen, allowance the deal. Burgess is outstanding, scoring 26 and authoritative six 3-pointers. VCU relies on 3-pointers afterwards actuality an boilerplate aggregation from ambit best of the season. Florida State’s Bernard James says afterward, “The bold was absitively in the aboriginal 30 account aback we didn’t comedy defense.”
78. Southeast Aristocratic Eight: No. 8 Butler 74, No. 2 Florida 71 (OT)
Butler’s run to a additional beeline Final Four includes an escape vs. Old Dominion, an aerial accomplishment vs. Pitt and this agrarian ride over Florida in New Orleans. BU steams aback from bottomward 11 with 10 to go. Mack, who array 27 on a breakable larboard ankle, hits a 3-pointer with 81 abnormal actual in overtime that gives Butler a advance it won’t relinquish. Erving Walker’s final amateur advance goes begging. Bethink how acceptable Vernon Macklin was? He array 25. The win is candied for Butler fans, who saw their aggregation get bumped out of the bracket by Florida in 2000 and 2007. Butler wins admitting cutting 39.6%.
79. West | Aboriginal Four: No. 14 BYU 78, No. 14 Iona 72
BYU pulls off the bigger improvement in NCAA Clash history. The Cougars affected a 25-point arrears to exhausted the highest-scoring breach in hoops. (Three years later, BYU will draft a 17-point advance in the Aboriginal Four and lose to Ole Miss.) Noah Hartsock array 23, Brandon Davies 18. BYU, weirdly placed as an at-large No. 14 seed, a practice/guideline which is anon alone by the alternative committee, beats the antecedent arrears almanac of 22 (Duke over Maryland in the ’01 Final Four). Interestingly, the bold that precedes this one — WKU over Mississippi Valley State, 59-58 — sets the clash almanac for bigger arrears affected in the final bristles account (16). President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are courtside for that one, but leave afore BYU and Iona get going. The Gaels account 55 credibility in the game’s aboriginal 16 account afresh alone seven in the abutting near-17 minutes. BYU takes its aboriginal advance on a Hartsock 3-pointer with 2:26 remaining. Iona, still, has never clearly won an NCAA Clash bold (0-14).
80. West aboriginal round: No. 15 Norfolk State 86, No. 2 Missouri 84
By point spread, this is the bigger agitated in NCAA Clash history. Missouri enters the bold out in Omaha, Nebraska, advantaged by 21.5. Norfolk State, out of the MEAC, has never played in the NCAA Tournament. Then, in abbreviate order, Kyle O’Quinn becomes the face of the aperture two canicule of the clash afterwards accepting 26 credibility and 14 rebounds. His and-one in the final minute puts NSU ahead. Phil Pressey misses a 3-pointer to win it, and Mizzou is devastated. Quinn sings “One Shining Moment” abnormal in his on-court postgame interview. Spartan players booty blitheness over alarming up President Obama’s bracket; he best Missouri to accomplish the Final Four. The win comes hours afore No. 15 Lehigh, led by 30 credibility from C.J. McCollum, beats Duke 75-70 (a backward cut on this list) and provides the alone archetype in clash history that two No. 15 seeds win in the aforementioned year.
81. South Candied 16: No. 4 Michigan 87, No. 1 Kansas 85 (OT)
Another top-seeded Jayhawks aggregation that fails to accomplish the Final Four. For about the aboriginal 37 minutes, KU controls the game. But it’s added improvement than a collapse. Leash Burke doesn’t get a point in the aboriginal half. Michigan’s bottomward 68-54 with beneath than seven account remaining. Burke gets 23 in the additional bisected and OT. His long-distance amateur abreast the end of adjustment saves Michigan’s division and will ultimately advice the affairs accomplish its aboriginal Final Four in 20 years. Bristles years afterwards Kansas allowances from Memphis’ free-throw woes in the appellation game, the about-face happens here. In OT, the aboriginal and alone bold of this tourney with an added session, there are bristles advance changes. Mitch McGary gives Michigan the ambitious bassinet backward in OT. Naadir Tharpe misses at the horn. The 2013 NCAA Clash watches three No. 1 seeds abort to accomplish the Aristocratic Eight.
82. Midwest additional round: No. 8 Kentucky 78, No. 1 Wichita State 76
The greatest acclaim I can anytime accord to a absolutely ballsy bold is to say anniversary aggregation brought out the best in the other. That happened here, and if this account was to be a top-20 of the greatest clash amateur of all time, this bend would still accomplish the cut. Remember, Wichita State’s undefeated. It gets the No. 1 seed. There’s fuss and fizz over the actuality a rocky-but-dangerous UK aggregation is put in the aforementioned pod, ambience up this abeyant matchup. Afresh St. Louis is attestant to a stone-cold classic. The alone activity this didn’t have: a buzzer-beater. Fred VanVleet’s advance goes aloof continued and UK holds on, but afore that: Cleanthony Early’s 3-pointer puts WSU up 69-64; UK goes on 6-0 run; Early takes the advance aback on a boxy jumper; a James Adolescent 3-pointer with 1:37 larboard puts UK up 73-71; Ron Baker sinks an cool bank-shot 3-pointer to accomplish it 75-74 with 29 abnormal to go; UK and Wichita State barter credibility already added afore VanVleet’s 3-pointer misses. Early finishes with a season-high 31 points, while Andrew Harrison goes for 20. The teams amalgamate to shoot 54.5%. Wichita State makes back-to-back Final Fours if it faces any added aggregation besides Kentucky?
83. West Aristocratic Eight: No. 2 Wisconsin 64, No. 1 Arizona 63 (OT)
The alone bounded final this clash amid a No. 1 and a No. 2 seed. No aggregation leads by added than three in the final 18 minutes. Frank Kaminksy (28 and 11) vs. Aaron Gordon and Kaleb Tarczewski. Kaminsky’s aloof amazing actuality while the draft of his aggregation is agitable from the field. The Badgers win acknowledgment to a appropriate tip from Frank the Tank with added than a minute actual in OT. Jordin Mayes cuts the advance on the abutting ascendancy and afresh the teams never account again. Arizona loses its fourth beeline Aristocratic Eight bold dating aback to 2005, those four Ls by a absolute of bristles points. WHAT? This bold is the seventh overtime activity of the 2014 tourney, which ties a almanac at the time.
84. Final Four: No. 8 Kentucky 74, No. 2 Wisconsin 73
You’ll apprehension there aren’t a lot of civic semifinal amateur on this list: the appellation bold is historically added reliable for abundance than the semis admitting accepting bisected the inventory. So with all due account to Virginia vs. Auburn in 2019, the aftermost abundant Final Four bold we’ve had was this one. Wisconsin goes for 40 in the aboriginal half, and UK stays abutting acknowledgment to Julius Randle. The Badgers set a Final Four almanac by authoritative 95% (19 for 20) of their abhorrent shots. The alone absence comes from Traveon Jackson with 16.4 abnormal remaining. Wisconsin makes eight 3-pointers, UK alone two — but it’s Aaron Harrison afresh who saves the day in carbon copy-type fashion. Addition bold that came abutting to authoritative the account — Kentucky over Michigan in the Aristocratic Eight — ends about the aforementioned way, and from the aforementioned spot, as this one. Harrison is a Wildcats fable for his back-to-back winners from the larboard wing.
85. West aboriginal round: No. 14 Georgia State 57, No. 3 Baylor 56
The video/image of Ron Hunter actuality detonated off his rolling stool afterwards his son, R.J., hits a deeeeeep 3-pointer to win the bold for Georgia State over Baylor is one of the best joyful, absurd things this clash has anytime accustomed us. R.J. Hunter’s 3-pointer with 2.7 abnormal larboard gives GSU the game’s final account and puts a bow on a 12-0 assemblage in the final 2:54. Ron Hunter is partially anchored because of a broken Achilles that he suffered while adulatory his team’s auto-bid assure in the Sun Belt Clash championship. (This action is the best.) This bold is additionally the aboriginal clash bold for Kevin Ware, who gruesomely bankrupt his leg in the Aristocratic Eight at Louisville two years above-mentioned but allotment as a affiliate of Georgia State’s roster. Georgia State and UAB both win amateur on this Thursday as No. 14 seeds; ridiculously, the aboriginal 10 amateur of the 2015 clash see underdogs cover, and the aperture Thursday sets a almanac for amateur absitively by one point (five).
86. Midwest Aristocratic Eight: No. 1 Kentucky 68, No. 3 Notre Dame 66
Incontestably the best bold of the 2015 tournament. Best Kentucky, with the No. 1 defense, amphitheatre five-loss Notre Dame and the No. 2 offense. The bold has 20 advance changes and 12 ties, the advance never abscess aloft six. Notre Dame’s a abate aggregation yet manages to account 40 credibility in the paint: absolutely as abounding as Kentucky. Karl-Anthony Towns has a admirable bold (25 points) and doesn’t absence an advance in the additional half. Kentucky needs to accomplish its final nine shots and four chargeless throws to escape in the final 12:05. It does. UK keeps Notre Dame scoreless for the game’s final 2:35. Andrew Harrison’s two abhorrent shots with six abnormal actual win it. But it’s 7-footer Wille Cauley-Stein’s adeptness to break stride-for-stride for 85-or-so anxiety with Jerian Grant, afore Harrison and Leash Lyles assemble on him, that ends the evening’s events. It’s Notre Dame’s aboriginal Aristocratic Eight bold in 36 years. Kentucky is two wins abroad from actuality the aboriginal aggregation in 39 years to run the table. Wisconsin kills the dream a anniversary afterwards in Indianapolis, but UK becomes aloof the third aggregation anytime to win 38 amateur in a season, abutting Memphis in 2008 and Kentucky in 2012, which were additionally able by John Calipari.
87. Midwest aboriginal round: No. 12 Little Rock 85, No. 5 Purdue 83 (2OT)
A year afterwards Georgia State, the Sun Belt gets a first-round win in back-to-back seasons. Little Rock overcomes a 13-point arrears with 3:33 larboard to break alive, alternate by Josh Hagins cashing a super-deep 3-pointer to get the bold to overtime. He hits addition appealing shot, a bank, to beforehand it to a additional OT. Hagins array 31 points, gets six assists and bristles steals. The bold is played in Denver and finishes in that capricious 5 p.m. ET window but nonetheless is a highlight amid highlights in a cool aboriginal weekend of ’16. The win leads Chris Beard — who coaches this bold with a splint on his duke afterwards he bankrupt it punching a whiteboard canicule above-mentioned — to get the UNLV job, which he’ll leave canicule afterwards to booty over at Texas Tech.
88. East additional round: No. 6 Notre Dame 76, No. 14 Stephen F. Austin 75
Incredible ambiance at the Barclays Center. Awful competitive, absorbing basketball for 40 minutes, with under-seeded SFA aggravating to become aloof the third 14 berry to accomplish the Candied 16 in history. The advance never gets above than seven points; the bold has eight ties and nine advance changes. Afterwards Notre Dame misses three affairs on a winner, Rex Pflueger’s put-back with 1.5 abnormal to go gets it done. It’s his aboriginal fabricated bassinet in two weeks. Afterwards the game, Mike Brey calls this win “a apace theft.” Stephen F. Austin star/2016 tourney band hero Thomas Walkup closes his career with 21 points. SFA leads for best of the additional half, but can’t authority on because Notre Dame shoots 67.6% from 2-point range. It’s the aboriginal accident for the Lumberjacks in 2016.
89. West additional round: No. 3 Texas A&M 92, No. 11 Northern Iowa 88 (2OT)
Not abiding any aggregation has had a wilder exhausted of fates in any aboriginal weekend than 2016 Northern Iowa. This collapse comes beneath than 48 hours removed from UNI acceptable by half-court boost in the aboriginal annular over Texas, address of Paul Jesperson. And alike that was one bold removed from Wes Washpun sending UNI to the NCAAs on a animated advance to win the Valley tournament. What we acquire actuality is the bigger improvement in the beeline bulk of time in the history of academy basketball. From 12 bottomward with 40 abnormal actual to accepting the bold to OT — and addition OT on top of it. The Panthers about-face the brawl over four times in 44 seconds. A&M in actuality is bottomward by 10 with beneath than 30 ticks to go. Admon Gilder’s steal-then-layup with 1.9 abnormal larboard accelerate it to overtime at 71-all. Northern Iowa wins the bold in OT if not for Alex Caruso’s layup with 5.9 abnormal remaining. Ironically, Jesperson loses his faculty of abode and time and releases a adoration aloft bisected cloister with added than four abnormal remaining. Huge 3-pointer afterwards huge 3-pointer dot the overtime sessions. Jeremy Morgan array 36 for UNI, Caruso and Danuel House amalgamate for 47.
90. Championship: No. 2 Villanova 77, No. 1 North Carolina 74
It has a affirmation as the best appellation bold in clash history. It’s the alone one to end on a accurate buzzer-beater (whereas NC State in ’83 was aloof a beat before). And there’s Marcus Paige’s twisty, gravity-clinging 3-pointer the ascendancy afore Kris Jenkins becomes an best legend. The teams are angry for added than seven account of bold time, with nine ties and nine advance changes in all. The Wildcats and Tar Heels accomplish 51% of their shots and shoot an alien 61% from 3-pointer. Ryan Arcidiacono could acquire calmly kept the brawl for himself and approved to booty the ambitious winner. But a abaft Jenkins — babble “Arch! Arch!” — receives the pass, accomplish in accent and releases. This is on the abbreviate account of greatest shots in academy basketball history, fabricated all the added memorable for Jay Wright blankly adage “bang.” to himself appropriate afore the leash drops and Nova wins its additional appellation in academy history.
91. Midwest aboriginal round: No. 7 Michigan 92, No. 10 Oklahoma State 91
Two of the bristles best offenses in academy basketball aboveboard up and accede to a footrace. For the aboriginal time in 52 years, an NCAA Clash bold that actualization both teams accepting to at atomic 90 credibility is absitively by one. Indianapolis is attestant to a 65-possession bold that ends with 183 points! Oklahoma State loses admitting cutting 58% from 2-point range, 44% from 3-point ambit and 88% from the abhorrent line. It grabs 16 abhorrent rebounds — and loses. Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. gets 26 credibility and 11 assists, as Michigan makes a school-record 16 3-pointers, 11 of them in the additional half. UM is guided to a win in allotment because it alone turns the brawl over four times. Oklahoma State averages 1.40 credibility per possession, Michigan 1.42. Let us not balloon this first-round classic.
92. East Candied 16: No. 4 Florida 84, No. 8 Wisconsin 83 (OT)
The alone buzzer-beater of the 2017 clash comes address of Chris Chiozza in Madison Aboveboard Garden on a galloping 3-pointer that boots Bucky out of the bracket. It’s yet addition constant NCAA Clash highlight fabricated accessible because Florida is appropriate to go the abounding breadth of the cloister in adjustment to get the advance off. Never change this rule, NCAA. It’s the best memorable game-winning advance in Florida history, eclipsing Mike Miller’s in 2000. It’s the brand on the bold afterwards Wisconsin comes aback from actuality bottomward 12 with 4:20 remaining. Zak Showalter nails an broken 3-pointer with 2.1 larboard in adjustment — afterwards Florida opts not to abhorrent — and in overtime Wisconsin swells with drive until a amazing breakaway block by Canyon Barry with 36 abnormal larboard puts the bold on a pivot. It’s the final Wisconsin bold for Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes, whose abhorrent shots accord Wisconsin a two-point advance afore Chiozza goes legend.
93. South Aristocratic Eight: No. 1 North Carolina 75, No. 2 Kentucky 73
It’s allurement a lot of the two winningest schools in NCAA Clash history to accommodated expectations aback they face off in a bounded final — and aback both are the top two seeds. But this bold pulls it off, admitting some capricious officiating. Affecting swings, as Memphis, Tennessee, is attestant to an epic. Beforehand in the division UK’s Malik Monk drops 47 credibility on UNC in Vegas. He has alone 12 here. Carolina reels abroad a 12-0 run in the final bristles minutes, afresh John Calipari’s aggregation — led by Monk, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo — pushes aback from a seven-point arrears with 50 abnormal remaining. A Fox 3-pointer, afresh a brace of treys from Monk, the additional while double-teamed aloft the key, tie the bold with 7.2 to go. Calipari and Roy Williams opt not to alarm timeouts in the final minute. Theo Pinson tosses to Luke Maye, who accomplish aback for a continued 2-pointer and hits, finishing the bold with a then-career-high 17 points. It’s the advance that’s best remembered alternating UNC’s run to the 2017 civic title.
94. South additional round: No. 7 Nevada 75, No. 2 Cincinnati 73
Narrowing bottomward the 2018 clash was excruciating, because it boasts one of the three best aperture weekends in academy hoops history. Two canicule afterwards advantageous a 14-point aperture adjoin Texas, the Wolf Pack bang aback from bottomward 22 with 11 account to go to tie the second-biggest come-from-behind win in clash history. Nevada takes its aboriginal advance of the bold with 9.1 abnormal left, aback Josh Hall hits the put-back. Cody Martin’s line: 25 points, seven dimes, six boards. Nevada’s into the Candied 16 for aloof the additional time in its history. Authoritative the aftereffect all the added stunning: Cincinnati’s aegis is No. 2 in academy basketball. Mick Cronin’s aggregation can’t accomplish a bassinet for the game’s final 5:45. Nevada ends the bold on a 32-8 run. Wolf Pack drillmaster Eric Musselman agilely takes off his shirt afore barging into the locker room.
95. West additional round: No. 3 Michigan 64, No. 6 Houston 63
Wolverines apprentice Jordan Poole is the anti-Jim Valvano. His buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Wichita, Kansas, causes him to aimlessly run abroad from his teammates because, as he admits afterward, he doesn’t appetite to get tackled and be on the basal of a huge accumulation of bodies. The aftereffect is alone accessible because UH’s Devin Davis misses both his abhorrent shots with 3.6 abnormal showing. This superb first-rounder is a animated activity acknowledgment to 17 advance changes and 12 ties. Neither aggregation is anytime in control. Poole’s splayed 3-pointer is unforgettable, the latest huge win for a U-M aggregation that’s gone 11 beeline afterwards an L.
96. South Candied 16: No. 11 Loyola Chicago 63, No. 2 Tennessee 62
When it came to some teams/years on this account and I couldn’t clasp in assorted amateur from a distinct run, some coaches in aspect did the acrimonious for me. That’s the case here, as Loyola-Chicago’s achievement over Tennessee wins out over its aboriginal annular defeat of Miami and its Candied 16 win adjoin Nevada, both of which were tremendous. But this one’s played at an able level: the teams shoot bigger than 50% from 2-point range, 37% from 3-point ambit and accomplish 17 turnovers. The Ramblers assault off the SEC champs acknowledgment to Clayton Custer’s star-kissed/winning shot, a save afterwards they led by 10 with four account to go, alone to let Tennessee all the way aback and booty its aboriginal advance of the additional bisected with 20 abnormal left. What’s more, this one capped off article that I acquire is a one-time-only activity in tourney history: two final-seconds game-winners by an underdog/Cinderella in their aboriginal two amateur of a tournament.
97. Midwest Aristocratic Eight: No. 1 Kansas 85, No. 2 Duke 81 (OT)
Do not beddy-bye on this chef-d’œuvre. Malik Newman array all 13 credibility for Kansas in overtime out in Omaha, finishing with a career-best 32 and catastrophe one of the best amateur in clash history to affection two bluebloods. With 18 advance changes and 11 ties, Bill Self and Mike Krzyzewski barter approach and accompany out the best in anniversary other. It’s Kansas’ best airy achievement (47) of the season. Svi Mykhailiuk hits a big 3-pointer with 25 abnormal left, and the bold about ends on Grayson Allen’s coffer advance attack at the end of regulation. Marvin Bagley III gets 16 and 10, but it’s Trevon Duval whose 20 credibility advance Duke. This loss, like Duke’s 2019 Aristocratic Eight catastrophe adjoin Michigan State, keeps Krzyzewski akin with John Wooden for the best Final Four appearances (12). This is the aftermost bold of Allen’s Duke career.
98. East additional round: No. 1 Duke 77, No. 9 UCF 76
The head-to-head antagonism the apple capital to see: Zion Williams vs. 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall. And the bold is absolutely enrapturing. Krzyzewski apprenticeship adjoin his aloft player, Johnny Dawkins. Williamson array 32, but so does UCF’s Aubrey Dawkins, who picks a hell of a time to acquire the best bold of his life. Duke trails by four in the final minute but gets the advance acknowledgment to the will of Williamson, who gets a brazier by activity appropriate at Abatement with 14.4 abnormal remaining, abuse him out, and afresh aback Williamson can’t accomplish the abhorrent shot, RJ Barrett gets the abhorrent board. UCF pulls off an best agitated if either B.J. Taylor or Dawkins can accomplish close-range shots on the game’s butt-clenching aftermost possession. It doesn’t happen. Duke survives, and barely, and maybe doesn’t if Abatement is in the game. Abatement blocks Williamson three times on this night; Zion never dunks on the big man.
99. South Candied 16: No. 3 Purdue 99, No. 2 Tennessee 94 (OT)
One of the three or four best Candied 16 amateur of the able decade, if not longer. Tennessee swims aback from an 18-point deficit. Carsen Edwards and Ryan Cline aggregation up for 56 credibility and 12-of-24 cutting from 3-point range, with Cline out of his mind. Afterwards one of the added arresting additional behindhand in contempo anamnesis — Admiral Schofield scoring 21 credibility on 7-of-11 shooting; Grant Williams putting Tennessee up with 8.8 abnormal to go; Williams blocking Edwards and about catastrophe the bold afresh and there — Edwards is befuddled on a bend 3-pointer by Lamonte Turner with 1.7 to go. Tennessee admirers go ballistic.
Edwards afresh misses his aboriginal abhorrent shot, hits the abutting two to get us to OT. Purdue finishes the bold cutting 48.4% from 3-point ambit and 48.5% from the abhorrent line. Matt Painter makes the aboriginal Aristocratic Eight of his career. The win opens a aperture for an alike bigger bold in Louisville two nights later.
100. South Aristocratic Eight: No. 1 Virginia 80, No. 3 Purdue 75 (OT)
Purdue admirers outnumber Virginia backers by about 7-to-1 central the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Carsen Edwards puts up one of the best performances in a accident accomplishment we’ll anytime see. He array 42 and makes 10 3-pointers, about four of which assume to bang the universe. It’s so ridiculous, that at one point UVA drillmaster Tony Bennett rips his comedy agenda afar in disbelief. Nevertheless, Virginia comes aback from bottomward 10. It’s an best escape. The highlight from this bold that will alive on forever: Purdue fouls up three. Ty Jerome misses the additional one, a bull back-tap by Mamadi Diakite into the backcourt. Kihei Clark chases it down, the alarm vanishing, he has the experience and aplomb to canyon to Diakite, who calmly (HOW?) accepts and sinks the aboriginal buzzer-beater of the 2019 tournament.
It’s Diakite’s alone fabricated bassinet of the half. Kyle Guy array a team-high 25, additional grabs a career-best 10 rebounds. Jerome gets 24. De’Andre Hunter gives Virginia its final advance in OT with 29 abnormal left. Bennett takes Virginia to its aboriginal Final Four in 35 years. His ancestor is on hand, and the two acquire an affecting embrace moments afterwards this archetypal ends. Edwards, appropriately, is alleged South Bounded MOP admitting not advancing. He makes 28 3-pointers in four games, a clash almanac — assault Glen Rice’s mark of 27, in which he bare six to get that far. Edwards goes for 25-plus in bristles beeline clash games, dating aback to 2018, which is additionally a record. His 139 credibility through four amateur is the best aback 2000.
101. Championship: No. 1 Virginia 85, No. 3 Texas Tech 77 (OT)
The adventure of Virginia’s 2019 civic appellation is an all-timer not aloof because of the UMBC accident from a year prior, but the alley bare to get there in postseason play. Every bold with the barring of Oregon in the Candied 16 provides accepted scares and doubts. Comedy out those sequences afresh a hundred times and Virginia acceptable loses at some point in the added 99. (“If I acquaint you what happens, it won’t happen.”) This is the aboriginal OT appellation bold aback 2008. On the final night of the 2018-19 season, Virginia goes up by 10 twice, absolutely gives up those leads anniversary time, and is alone able to get it to overtime acknowledgment to a 3-pointer by De’Andre Hunter with 12 abnormal left. Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy amalgamate for 67 of UVA’s 85 points, allowance Virginia get 1.21 credibility per ascendancy on the best academy basketball aegis in two decades. Hunter’s actualization is the adventure aural the adventure because he doesn’t alike get a brazier until a minute and a bisected charcoal in the aboriginal bisected — afresh he apprehension up with a career-high 27 points, including a 3-pointer to put UVA up 75-73 in OT and accumulate the Hoos advanced for good. Because both teams are aristocratic defensively, the bold is accepted to be a grinder. Instead, the over of 118 is baffled by 44 credibility — it’s the highest-scoring appellation bold in 19 years — and the aboriginal championship bold in history to acquire both teams accomplish at atomic 10 3-pointers.
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