When the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament kicks off this morning yes, there were games Tuesday and Wednesday, but they were play-in games 64 teams will have a chance to win it all.
Here are six reasons for hope for even the lowest-seeded teams:
• Villanova, 1985: The Wildcats, a No. 8 seed, made 22 of 28 shots (78.6 percent) and shocked No. 1 seed Georgetown and center Patrick Ewing 66-64 to win the title. Its considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
• Richmond, 1991: The Spiders became the first No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 seed in a first-round game when they beat Syracuse 73-69.
• Santa Clara, 1993: The unheralded Broncos, a No. 15 seed, pulled off the improbable, knocking off No. 2 Arizona 64-61. Arizona featured future NBA first-round selections Damon Stoudamire, Khalid Reeves and Chris Mills.
• North Carolina State, 1983: No one gave the No. 6 Wolfpack much of a chance against No. 1 seed Houston, led by Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. But no one will forget Lorenzo Charles dunk of Dereck Whittenburgs air ball from 30 feet to give the Wolfpack a 54-52 victory.
• Princeton, 1996: Pete Carril, in his final season as coach, led 13th-seeded Princeton to a 43-41 shocker over defending champion UCLA, a No. 4 seed, on a last-second layup on a backdoor cut (of course).
• Duke, 1991: The Blue Devils, a No. 2 seed, werent given much of a chance against No. 1 seed UNLV in the national semifinals after the Runnin Rebels had beaten them by 30 points to win the 1990 title. But Duke ended UNLVs 45-game winning streak with a 79-77 victory before beating Kansas two nights later.
Which school pulled
off the biggest NCAA Tournament upset?
• Villanova, 1985
• Richmond, 1991
• Santa Clara, 1993
• N.C. State, 1983
• Princeton, 1996
• Duke, 1991
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Do Cal Poly and Texas Southern belong in NCAA Tournament?
• Yes, they won conference tournaments: 68%
• No, more deserving teams left out: 32%
Total votes: 92