The 10 Biggest Surprises in NCAA Tournament History
In the 70+ years that the NCAA Tournament has been taking place, there have been many moments that are simply unforgettable. We have compiled the best.
10. Tyus Edney’s Game-Winning Basket
With 4.8 seconds on the clock, senior point guard Edney drove through the lane against the Missouri team that had his UCLA team on the ropes. By the sound of the buzzer, UCLA was advancing to the next round.
9. Webber’s Timeout
It’s a general rule of thumb to not take timeouts that you don’t have. Some may say rules are meant to be broken, but not of this nature. It cost his team a berth in the national championship.
8. George Mason Reaches Final Four
An underdog throughout their trek through the national tournament, it was upset after upset as the squad made their way to being one of the last four teams standing.
7. Keith Smart’s Game Winner
One shot and Smart became a part of history. While he wasn’t too recognized at University of Indiana for much else, all it took was a 16-foot jumper to win the 1987 National Championship.
6. Michael Jordan’s Shot
5. Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson
Years: 1977 and 1979
Speaking of rivalries, the Bird/Johnson rivalry kicked off back in the college ranks as well. Larry Bird carried his team to an undefeated season, but Johnson got the best of him in the national championship.
4. Texas Western over Kentucky
3. Laettner Revives Duke
It was the shot heard ’round the world as Christian Laettner rose up above defenders to launch a jumpshot from the free-throw line to upset Kentucky.
2. Villanova Upsets Georgetown
Patrick Ewing really couldn’t catch a break in college, and unfortunately that carried over to his professional playing days. After being thwarted by Jordan, Ewing was once again thwarted by Villanova in 1985.
1. NC State Shocks Houston
Not only were the Houston Cougars picked to win the title game in 1983, they started the game in perfect position to take it away. Long story short, it didn’t end that way, and the rest is history.
What are some of the most memorable surprises you think of in NCAA Tournament history?