March Madness is one of the most significant sporting events, and picking the top 11 games is almost impossible, but today we are going to take a shot at it!
Hear me out! I know this was not a great game, but this game was the most highly anticipated and the most watched game in college basketball history. March Madness blew up after this confrontation between Bird and Magic. These two men took all of basketball to new heights. It could have been a classic if the Sycamores could have made their free throws, but in the end, it was a magical night for the Spartans as they defeated Indiana State 75-64. Greg Kelser was the difference in this game.
The Kansas Jayhawks led by Wilt Chamberlin were heavy favorites over the Tar Heels. The Tar Heels didn’t seem to notice as they out rebounded the Kansas Jayhawks 36-25 and held them to just 31 per cent shooting from the field.
Illinois was down 15 points with a little more than four minutes to play, Illinois stormed back behind Deron Williams (22 points) and Luther Head (20 points) to force overtime in front of the pro-orange crowd. Hassan Adams’ jumper at the buzzer fell short for Arizona, leaving the Wildcats to wonder what could have been.
Cincinnati was the defending back to back National champions and going into the game it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Cincinnati would win. It looked like a Cincinnati three-peat was on its way as the Bearcats led by as many as 15 points. Jerry Harkness led the Ramblers all the way back to win the game in overtime.
This was a classic and the star-power in this game was crazy! Worthy, Jordan, Perkins, Ewing, are not a bad list of players in this game. Both teams played well and shot over 50 percent from the field.
Before the ACC Tournament, nobody gave the Wolfpack a shot to even get into the tournament let alone win it! The Houston Cougars were seemingly destined to win it all. The Wolfpack controlled the pace of the game and in the end, foul problems and lack of free-throw shooting helped lead to a surprise winner.
Coach Bob Knight won his third and final National Championship and it was by far his toughest. Steve Alford went off in the first half to keep the Hoosiers in the game and his backcourt mate Keith Smart hit the game-winning shot to lead the Hoosiers to victory in a classic.
This was a rematch of the 1990 title game won by 30 points by UNLV. The Rebels came into this game undefeated and seemingly invincible. Christian Laettner led this upset as Duke shot well over 50 per cent from the field to ruin the Rebels dreams of a perfect season.
This was quite possibly the best-played championship game ever played. The Hoyas were the defending champions and defensively were one of the teams in college basketball history. The Wildcats needed to be at their absolute best — and they were. Nova shot an incredible 78.6 per cent from the field, while Georgetown only shot 54.7 per cent. This will go down as one of the two greatest upsets in Finals history!
This was a battle between two of college basketball’s blueblood programs and it lived up to the hype. The energy in the arena and on the floor was extraordinary, to say the least. The game was physical and violent tempers flared and emotions were high. The Kentucky Wildcats shot 56.9% from the field at still lost!
This was a high-level matchup and the stats show that as these teams combined to hit 19 out of 31 three-point shots and the final seconds of the game were crazy. The Tar Heels’ Marcus Paige set the stage with a remarkable, off-balanced three-pointer with 4.7 seconds left to tie the game. Then, Kris Jenkins hit perhaps the greatest shot in tournament history with his game-winning three at the buzzer. This was not only the greatest championship game in history it was simply the greatest tournament game ever played.
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