Unforgettable March Madness Moments

March 24, 1979: Magic Johnson, Michigan State, NCAA Final Four vs. Penn. Johnson pushed the Spartans into the title game against Indiana State with a near-perfect performance in a 101-67 rout of Penn. He was 9-for-10 from the field and 11-for-12 from the foul line for 29 points, and he made it a triple-double with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

March 24, 1979: Larry Bird, Indiana State, NCAA Final Four vs. DePaul. Bird had 35 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists (albeit with 11 turnovers), lifting Indiana State into the finals with a two-point win over DePaul.

March 28, 1981: Al Wood, North Carolina, Final Four vs. Virginia. Wood had 39 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-65 win, putting the Tar Heels into the championship game.

March 14, 1987: Fennis Dembo, Wyoming, second round vs. UCLA. Wyoming isn't known for many great basketball moments, but Dembo put the school on the map with 41 points, nine rebounds and six assists in an upset win over UCLA. Dembo drained 16 straight free throws and made six 3-pointers, certifying his status in the state as a basketball legend.

March 19, 1988: Chris Morris vs. Hersey Hawkins, Auburn vs. Bradley, NCAA first round. A duel between two stars ended with Auburn edging Bradley 90-86. Who was better? Hawkins had 44 points (15-for-25 from the field and 6-for-8 from 3-point range), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in the loss. His numbers were slightly better than those of Morris, who got the win and racked up 36 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals.

March 4, 1989: Chris Jackson vs. Gerald Glass, LSU vs. Ole Miss. Jackson scored 55 and Glass scored 53 as Ole Miss topped LSU 113-112 in overtime. Their 108 combined points are the most ever by two players in an SEC game.

March 18, 1990: Jeff Fryer, LMU, NCAA second round vs. Michigan. Fryer made an NCAA Tournament-record 11 3-pointers on 15 tries en route to 41 points as 11th-seeded Loyola Marymount upset third-seeded Michigan 149-115.

March 19, 1992: Shaquille O'Neal, LSU, NCAA Tournament first round vs. BYU. O'Neal had a triple-double with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in a 94-83 win over BYU. The 11 blocked shots are an NCAA Tournament record.

March 28, 1992: Christian Laettner, Duke, NCAA Elite Eight vs. Kentucky. Laettner had a perfect 30 points on 10-for-10 shooting from both the field and foul line, including the game-winning turnaround jumper at the buzzer to beat Kentucky and propel the defending champs to the Final Four.

March 24, 1994: Askia Jones, Kansas State, NIT third round vs. Fresno State. Jones scored 62 points (second-most in postseason history), including 45 in the second half in a 115-77 win over Fresno State. He got most of his points from the 3-point line, as he made 14 trifectas in the contest.

March 12, 1995: Randolph Childress, Wake Forest, ACC tournament championship game vs. UNC. Childress had 37 points, with 27 coming on nine 3-pointers. He also had all nine of Wake Forest's overtime points, and he scored the game-winner with 4.6 seconds to go to give the Demon Deacons an 82-80 overtime win over UNC in the ACC title game. Childress did all this while playing with a dislocated pinkie on his shooting hand.

March 10, 1996: Victor Page, Georgetown, Big East championship game vs. UConn. Overshadowed by Ray Allen's last-second shot, Page set a tournament freshman record with 34 points. He also had nine rebounds as the Hoyas fell to the Huskies in a classic final matchup.

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