March Madness’ best moments

UConn: The King of the dance

March Madness best moments

This NCAA tournament has been one of the best in its history. We have seen a lot of close games, buzzer beaters, and simply great basketball. It is even the most unlikely final of all time. An 8 seed versus a 7 seed in what is, in all honesty, mis-seeded teams. Here are the best moments from this tournament:

Vee Sanford’s lay-up with 3.8 seconds left volts (11) Dayton past (6) Ohio State

Dayton and Ohio State met in the first round as 6th seeded Ohio State was just barely favored over 11th seeded Dayton. These two teams played it close the entire game but Sanford was able to beat one of the best on-ball defenders in the country to the basket and make the lay-up with 3.8 seconds left. Craft got the ball and raced down the other end but his last second shot attempt rolled off the rim as time expired. Just like that, Aaron Craft’s career came to an end.

12th seeded Harvard stuns 5th seeded Cincinnati

This was a popular upset pick for a lot of brackets and that includes President Barack Obama. Harvard lived up to the hype and shocked the Bearcats. They lead most of the way and were able to advance. Its always good to see the Ivy league school win a game in the big dance.

Uconn survives St.Joes

10th seeded St.Josephs was also a popular upset pick after they won the Atlantic-10 conference tournament they were feeling good. They were even up extremely late in the game but Uconn was able to find a way. They had the ball up three with less than a minute to go, too. They weren’t able to close the Huskies out and they had to play overtime. Uconn dominated the overtime behind Napier and won by nine.

NC State, TJ Warren, go comatose from the free throw line after building up big lead against St. Louis

You have to feel for NC State. They were up by 16 at one point in the second half, but they shot just 54% from the line and missed an amazing 17 free throws. A lot of those misses came in the second half as St. Louis chipped away at the massive lead and finally caught them right at the end. St. Louis forced overtime and won the ball game.

(12) North Dakota State stuns (5) Oklahoma

I, like a lot of people, had Oklahoma going pretty far in this tournament. That prediction was busted when NDSU knocked off the Sooners in overtime. NDSU hit a three with 11 seconds left to get the game into overtime and then won it from there. This is why we call it March Madness and another 12-5 upset.

Cameron Ridley and Texas sink Arizona State at buzzer

 Texas and Arizona State sure looked headed for overtime but that was before Texas big-man Cameron Ridley did what every kid dreams of. It was one of those shots you throw up right as time expired after a missed shot where your not even sure you get it off. You just throw it up and hope it goes in. Then fight with your friends if you got it off in time. The only difference is that Ridley actually pulled it off in a game in March. Great moment for March madness as (7) Texas advances to face (2) Michigan.

(4) Louisville escapes narrowly against Manhatton

This was a late game and not a lot of people stayed up to watch it because everyone expected a blow-out. Manhatton had other plans and they were able to scare the Cards. A Rick Petino-Protage was coaching the other team and knew what Louisville was going to do. Louisville won the game, but it was an extremely tight game throughout.

(4) San Diego State survives (13) New Mexico State

New Mexico State came back from 5 down with a mere seconds left to hit a miracle three to force overtime after SDSU had a costly late turnover. Despite the comeback, Xavier Thames and San Diego State would get it done in overtime.

(3) Duke goes down…to (14) Mercer

In what was by far the biggest upset of the first round and maybe the tournament, Mercer stunned Duke in their home state. Mercer’s relentless pursuit of the Blue Devils paid off when the final buzzer sounded. This one just looked meant to be as Mercer came up with big basket after big basket.

(11) Tennessee dances all the way to the sweet 16

Tennessee was one of the last 4 teams in the field. They had to play a good Iowa team in the play-in game for the right to play (6) Umass. Tennessee went on to beat both of those teams and then beat Mercer to go to the sweet 16. There run came to an end against Michigan, but they nearly won that game.

(12) Stephen F. Austin hits miracle 4-point play to stun (5) VCU

VCU was in control late and pretty much had the game won. They were up four and at the line. They missed the free throw then fouled SFAU on a made three pointer as Stephen F. Austin tied the game. VCU would never recover in overtime and lost the game.

(8) Memphis and (6) North Carolina win thrillers

Memphis played George Washington and UNC played Providence. Both games were close but the better teams prevailed. They both came down to the final few possessions.

(11) Dayton keeps dancing, upends (3) Syracuse

The Cinderella of the tournament moved on as Syracuse shot record-lows from the field. For the first time in a long time the Orangeman didn’t make a three and it cost them. Despite the bad shooting they still had a shot to win the game on the final possession. It just wasn’t meant to be as Tyler Ennis’ three as time expired rimmed out and the Flyers move on.

(7) Uconn downs (2) Villanova

This was another upset a lot of people saw coming. Villanova was overrated all year and finally fell in the second round to a superior team. Uconn seems to be a theme this March.

(2) Wisconsin outlasts (7) Oregon

This was a great game for both teams. This was one of the best games to watch in the entire tournament. It was back and forth through out. Wisconsin found away but the Ducks gained a lot of respect nationally. They even jumped out to a big lead, but coughed it up late.

(2) Kansas goes home early as (10) Stanford advances

Kansas was a popular pick to reach the final four and even win it all. Freshman Andrew Wiggins disappeared for the Jayhawks when they needed him most. That was huge considering they were already without potential number one overall pick Joel Embiid. Stanford took full advantage and lead almost the whole way. Kansas disappointed a fair amount of people this March.

The Shockers get shocked

(1)Wichita State was upset by (8) Kentucky in the second round. The Wildcats ended Wichita’s perfect season and put a sour note in what was a great season for the Shockers. This was one of the best games all tournament. Both of these teams played and shot well throughout , but UK made one more play than Wichita.

Kayne sends Iowa State to Sweet 16 with last second lay-up

Iowa State won a thriller over UNC to advance to the sweet 16. DeAndre Kayne made a lay-up in the closing seconds of a tie game. The game ended after UNC called timeout because when they went to review how much time should be left, but realized the clock hadn’t started and that time should have expired. Let’s just say UNC fans weren’t too happy with the clock operator.

(11) Dayton keeps dancing past (10) Stanford, goes to elite 8

Dayton continued its Cinderella story as they beat Stanford to go to the elite 8. Dayton dominated the whole game as Stanford got into mass foul trouble. The Flyers would advance to battle the Gators next, but would go on to lose that game.

(2) Michigan survives furious (11) Tennessee rally in the final seconds

Michigan thought they had an easy win early in the second half. They cruised to the finish, but Tennessee put up a serious fight and even gave Michigan a scare late. Michigan ended up winning by just two and nearly lost the game because they got unfocused due to a huge lead.

Spartans “upset” Virginia…barely

Another great game to watch for all of the fans. These are two of the best teams in the country and it came down to the last possession. MSU held on, but UVA nearly got it done and had a last second three to win it but all they could get off was a half-court shot.

Aaron Harrison’s late three sends UK into elite 8, past in-state rival Louisville

This was another classic and another great blue grass state battle. Louisville was up by 13 early, but UK came back and got back into the game. With the game on the line late, 39.8 seconds left, Aaron Harrison hit a three with the game tied to go up three. The Wildcats didn’t give back the lead the rest of the way.

(2) Wisconsin wins OT thriller over (1) Arizona

What a game this was to watch. These teams were back and forth the entire way and finally went into overtime. This is where the game got interesting. Nick Johnson was driving with under 10 seconds left down one. He got to the hoop but was called for a, questionable at best, offensive foul. So, Wisconsin got the ball and threw it away out of bounds. So, Arizona gets the ball back but couldn’t get a good look at the rim as Nick Johnson’s fade away jumper fell short.

Aaron Harrison’s second late three sends UK to Final Four

With the game tied late and time winding down Aaron Harrison took an NBA range three with around 2 seconds left to go up by three. Michigan would get a chance but Stouskas’ half-court heev fell just off the rim.

(8) Kentucky gets into final four on another Aaron Harrison three in what was the best game of the tournament

This was by far the best game of the tournament. Both these teams put on a shooting display and Kentucky happened to have the ball last. Traveon Jackson was fouled on a three point attempt with under 20 seconds left. He made two out of three to put the badgers ahead by two. Then UK drove down and Aaron Harrison made the same shot from the same spot on the floor he was against Michigan and UK was going to play for the national title

(7) Uconn is the king of the dance

Uconn beat UK to become the most unlikely champion in tournament history. Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, and Shabazz Napier all played big roles during the tourney and they were vindicated with a ring on Monday. Uconn is the king of the dance 2k14.