March Madness: The Best March Madness Games of All Time
March Madness was first introduced in 1939 and during its near 80 years of existence, the competition has provided plenty of memorable games. Nevertheless, the tournament really upped the ante back in 1985, as the competition underwent a huge expansion that increased the number of competing teams to 64.
Due to the increased number of competitors and matchup's, the majority of the tournaments greatest games have happened since the 1985 expansion, and this list will stick to the games that have occurred since the NCAA Tournament expanded its bracket. So, as we once again gear up for the annual tournament, here are our picks for the five greatest games in the history of March Madness.
#5 Arizona vs. Kentucky - Championship Game - 1997
Back in 1997, No. 4 seed Arizona won its first NCAA title by defeating defending champions Kentucky. While the game has been forgotten by many in recent years, the result was a major shock as Kentucky had been expected to come away with a comfortable victory.
Despite being the underdogs, Arizona started out the game well and Luke Olson's team took a lead into the break. Nevertheless, Kentucky provided more of a threat in the second half, and Anthony Epps hit a three-pointer with just 10 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
After both teams had delivered impressive offensive performances throughout regular time, overtime suddenly became a much tighter affair. All 10 of Arizona's overtime points came from the free-throw line, while Kentucky's offense was restricted to just five points, ultimately handing Arizona their first ever National Championship win.