With March Madness and the NCAA Basketball Tournament ready to begin, we’re almost certain to witness some stunning upsets and amazing game-winning shots that happen year after year. With that certainly being on the horizon, let’s take a look at the top five moments in NCAA Tournament history that will leave you ready for more unforgettable moments this year.
5. John Wooden Goes Out With 10th NCAA Championship
Before Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky, there was UCLA; the original college basketball dynasty and the man behind it all was Head Coach John Wooden. Between 1964 and 1973, he guided his team to 9 National Titles with his 10th and final one in 1975, after which he walked away from the game. Not a bad way to go out.
4. Magic vs Bird
It was 1979 and two of the future Hall of Famers were battling it out like they would in the NBA for years to come. Magic came out on top this time around, but as you know from history, Bird would get him back in the professional ranks.
3. Michael Jordan, North Carolina
1982 National Championship
Before Michael Jordan would go on to win multiple titles in the NBA, he was coming alive in college basketball, with his career being punctuated by sinking the game-winning shot in the 1982 National Championship.
2. Christian Laettner, Duke
1992 NCAA East Regional Final
There was only 2.1 seconds on the clock, but for Laettner, that was all that was needed as Grant Hill launched the ball three-quarters of the distance of the court to Laettner who proceeded to turn around and hit a jumper as the time expired.
1. NC State Upsets Houston
With Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler on the same team, there didn’t seem to be any way that the Houston Cougars would lose. NC State felt otherwise as there were able to knock off the Cougars in the 1983 National Championship Game with a game-winning dunk as the final buzzer sounded.