February 20, 2023 | March Madness
The All Time 5 Most Memorable Games In March Madness
March Madness is a time for thrilling games and unforgettable moments. The tournament has produced countless classic games over the years, but some stand out above the rest. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the top 5 all time most memorable games in March Madness history.
- Duke vs. Kentucky (1992 Elite Eight): The 1992 Elite Eight matchup between Duke and Kentucky is widely considered one of the greatest games in college basketball history. The game was a back-and-forth battle that featured multiple lead changes and a stunning finish. With just 2.1 seconds left on the clock and the game tied at 103, Duke’s Grant Hill threw a full-court pass to Christian Laettner, who caught the ball, turned, and hit a fadeaway jumper as time expired to give the Blue Devils a 104-103 victory. Laettner finished the game with 31 points on 10-of-10 shooting from the field and 10-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line.
- Villanova vs. Georgetown (1985 National Championship): The 1985 National Championship game between Villanova and Georgetown is one of the most memorable games in March Madness history. Villanova, a #8 seed, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history by defeating the heavily-favored Georgetown Hoyas, led by future NBA star Patrick Ewing. The game was a defensive battle, and Villanova shot an incredible 78.6% from the field in the second half to secure the victory. Villanova guard Dwayne McClain led the way with 17 points, and the Wildcats held on for a 66-64 win.
- North Carolina State vs. Houston (1983 National Championship): The 1983 National Championship game between North Carolina State and Houston is one of the most thrilling games in college basketball history. The game was a back-and-forth battle that featured multiple lead changes and a stunning finish. With the score tied at 52 and just seconds remaining, NC State’s Lorenzo Charles caught a long airball from a teammate and dunked it to give the Wolfpack a 54-52 victory. The upset victory was a shocker, as Houston was heavily favored to win the game behind future NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.
- Kansas vs. Memphis (2008 National Championship): The 2008 National Championship game between Kansas and Memphis was a classic battle between two of the top teams in the country. Memphis led by as many as nine points in the second half, but Kansas rallied to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, Kansas pulled away behind the heroics of guard Mario Chalmers, who hit a game-tying three-pointer with just seconds remaining in regulation and then scored nine points in the extra period to lead the Jayhawks to an 75-68 victory. Chalmers finished the game with 18 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
- Duke vs. UNLV (1991 National Semifinals): The 1991 National Semifinal matchup between Duke and UNLV was a clash of two of the top teams in the country. UNLV had won the national championship the previous year and was considered one of the best teams in college basketball history. Duke was a heavy underdog, but the Blue Devils pulled off a stunning upset by defeating the Runnin’ Rebels 79-77. Duke’s victory was largely due to the heroics of Christian Laettner, who scored 28 points and hit a critical three-pointer in the second half to help the Blue Devils seal the win.
March Madness has produced countless memorable games over the years, but these five stand out as some of the most thrilling and unforgettable moments in