With the college basketball postseason tournament around the corner, let’s take a look at the most memorable moments in the history of March Madness. From late-game heroics to unforgettable fails, we’ve narrowed our list to the top 13 moments that have made March Madness so magical.
13. Mario Chalmers Clutch Three-Point Ties Game
While this shot didn’t win the championship outright, it sent the game into an improbable overtime session. In the extra time, Mario Chalmers and Kansas would prevail.
12. Gonzaga Becomes a Cinderella
The 1999 Gonzaga team lifted this school from unknown to annual Cinderella story. This tip-in by Casey Calvary was the highlight of the underdog story.
11. Chris Webber Inexplicably Calls Timeout
Michigan’s squad led by the Fab Five was arguably the most talented college basketball team ever assembled. However, when you think of Chris Webber in college, one play is remembered more than any other: The Timeout.
10. Danny Ainge is Hero for BYU
Before he was known for his whining, Danny Ainge was a star at BYU. The patience and touch he illustrated on this shot would foretell a successful professional career.
9. Bo Kimble Shoots Free Throws Left-Handed
Shortly after his best friend, teammate and superstar prospect Hank Gathers died of a heart condition during the middle of a game, Bo Kimble made us all tear up by shooting his free throws left-handed during March Madness – just like Hank used to.
8. Rip Hamilton Hit Game-Winner at the Buzzer
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s exactly what Rip Hamilton did to win this game at the buzzer.
7. Bryce Drew Puts Valpo on the Map
After a flawlessly executed play, Bryce Drew got an open shot. By drilling it, he made us all learn about Valparaiso.
6. Michael Jordan’s Introduction to the World
Before he was Michael Jordan, he was a relatively unknown freshman for North Carolina. This shot was his first step in what would become the most storied basketball career ever.
5. Tate George’s Impossible Shot
While forgotten by many, this bucket by Tate George remains amazing. With one second on the clock, he took the fullcourt pass and shot his way into history.
4. Tyus Edney Coast to Coast
He was short and skinny but Tyus Edney had a giant heart. This coast-to-coast layup in 4.8 seconds is the definition of determination.
3. Keith Smart Wins Championship
In the 1987 championship game, Keith Smart’s jumper gave Indiana a 74-73 victory over Syracuse. Even though he went on to become an NBA player and coach, this is the shot that defines Smart’s basketball life.
2. Christian Laettner Hits THE Shot
Christian Laettner took the pass from Grant Hill, shed two defenders and swished a jumper that will never be forgotten.
1. Lorenzo Charles’ Dunk Will Live Forever
To cap NC State’s improbably championship, Lorenzo Charles dunked home the miss by Dereck Whittenburg. Watching Jimmy V run aimlessly in excitement will never get old.