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These Are Some of the Best Moments in March Madness History

Stephanie Harper - Author
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Mar. 14 2022, Published 4:32 p.m. ET

In terms of sporting events, March Madness is usually one of the most exciting things to look forward to each year. Every March, college-level basketball teams play against each other week after week until the top team takes home the first place title. Being the championship winner of March Madness is super impressive!

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March Madness events are held in a handful of different states with millions of people watching either in person or on television. Since March Madness is considered such a big deal for basketball lovers everywhere, there are several memorable moments to think about and reminisce on.

The North Carolina State championship from 1983 is unforgettable.

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The North Carolina state championship game of 1983 is super unforgettable because of how everything played out. One of the Cinderella team’s players shot a terrible basket that was nowhere near going in. At the very last second, his teammate was able to turn the poor shot into a perfect alley-oop. He scored and they took on the title! This game ended with a 54 to 52 victory in North Carolinas's favor against the Houston Cougars.

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UNLV beat Duke by 30 points in 1990.

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Back in 1990, UNLV played against Duke University in one of the most lopsided championship victory games ever. They took home the championship title with a whopping leading score of 103 to 73 points. The 30-point deficit was far too much for Duke to overcome.

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UMBC became the first 16 seed team to beat a 1 seed team.

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When UMBC beat Virginia in the 2018 March Madness championship game, they made history. They’re the first 16 seed team to beat a 1 seed team … ever. Throughout all the years of March Madness events, this is the first time this happened. This will never be forgotten.

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The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles made it to the Sweet Sixteen as a 15 seed team.

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The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles made it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012, even though they were a 15 seed team. This is the first time something like this happened in history … and nothing like that has happened again since. During their game against San Diego State, they won with a score of 81 to 71. Because of that specific win, they were able to advance to the Sweet Sixteen and make history.

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2016‘s North Carolina versus Villanova championship game was intense.

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The 2016 championship game of North Carolina versus Villanova is certainly one of the most unforgettable March Madness memories to ever take place. Marcus Paige tied the game up with a double pump shot with only four seconds left on the clock. It seemed that North Carolina really had a chance at taking home the championship title once he did that.

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Unfortunately for him and his team, Kris Jenkins put up a buzzer-beating three-pointer shot saving both teams from having to go into overtime. The game ended with a score of 77 to 74 with the Villanova Wildcats in the lead. Every second of the last minute and 30 seconds of this game were intense and exciting to watch.

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