March Madness: NCAA tournament classic moments
March Madness is underway across the United States, as 64 college teams began their quest for the 2014 NCAA men's basketball title on Thursday (March 20). A ton of memories are sure to be made between now and April 7, when the new champion will be crowned. Let's tip things off by taking a look back at some of the classic moments in the history of the NCAA tournament.
March Madness: A look back on great moments in NCAA tournament history
March Madness is underway across the United States, as 64 college teams began their quest for the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball title on Thursday (March 20).
A ton of memories are sure to be made between now and April 7, when the new champion will be crowned. Let’s tip things off by taking a look back at some of the classic moments in the history of the NCAA tournament.Kansas center Wilt Chamberlain was swarmed by North Carolina defenders in the 1957 national title game. The Tarheels held the 7-foot-1 Chamberlain to "just" 23 points and toppled the favored Jayhawks, 54-53, in three overtimes.Photo: Kickstarter.com.Cincinnati's sublime Oscar Robertson showed off his outstanding athleticism while grabbing one of his 14 rebounds against Kansas State in the first round of the 1958 tournament. Robertson scored 30 points, too, but that wasn't enough as the Royals fell to the Wildcats, 83-80.Photo: Ballislife.com.The North Carolina State bench erupted in ecstasy after the Wolfpack pulled off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history by beating UCLA, 80-77, in double overtime in the 1974 Final Four. The victory ended UCLA's record run of seven-straight NCAA titles.Photo: TheDailyHatch.org.The legendary John Wooden's final game as UCLA's head coach was a memorable one, as his Bruins captured the 1975 national title with a 92-85 victory over Kentucky. Wooden won an incredible 10 championships in his last 12 seasons in Westwood.Photo: LATimes.com.Michigan State's Magic Johnson (left) and Indiana State's Larry Bird competed against each other for the first time in the 1979 NCAA championship game won by the Spartans, 75-64. The rivalry between Johnson and Bird dominated basketball in the 1980s as both players helped to redefine the game.Photo: BrendonMarshall929.com.Lorenzo Charles slammed home a hurried, missed shot by teammate Derrick Whittenburg in the final seconds of the 1983 national title game as North Carolina State shocked Houston, 54-52.Photo: Complex.com.Villanova's Ed Pinckney basks in the glory of his team's 66-64 upset win over heavily-favored No. 1 Georgetown in the 1985 national title game. The Wildcats remain the lowest-seeded men's team (8th) ever to win a championship.Photo: Syracuse.com.Kansas guard Mario Chalmers three-point shot with 3.9 seconds to play forced overtime as Memphis choked away a nine point lead in the final 2:12 of the 2008 national title game. The Jayhawks eventually prevailed in overtime, 75-68.Photo: Imageslides.com.Virginia Commonwealth's upset of No. 1 seed Kansas in the Elite Eight resulted in a wild celebration as the Rams advanced to the 2011 Final Four. VCU, an 11 seed, is the only team to make it to a Final Four after participating in one of the four 'play-in' games that precede the actual tournament.Photo: NYTimes.com.Paramedics wheeled Louisville guard Kevin Ware out on a stretcher as the stunned crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis looked on during a break in Louisville's 85-63 victory over Duke in the 2013 Elite Eight. Ware suffered a gruesome compound fracture of his right leg in front of a live television audience.Photo: Popscreen.com.
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