75 greatest moments of March Madness: 25-11
John Thompson Jr. becoming the first African-American coach to win a Division I men's basketball championship highlights this edition of the 75 greatest moments in March Madness history.
|In 1984 John Thompson Jr. became the first African-American head coach to win a Div. I men's basketball. (Getty Images)|
Whenever sports and culture clash, you can bet it will be a thing of historic proportion. That’s exactly what happened when the 1984 Georgetown Hoyas won the national championship against Houston to make John Thompson Jr. the first African-American head coach to win a Division I men’s basketball championship.
Aside from Patrick Ewing being named the tournament's most valuable player, Thompson’s victory crossed racial barriers and put his squad in the history books for more than scoring baskets. That Hoya title still remains the only men’s basketball tittle for Georgetown. The jubilant bear hug that Thompson Jr. gave player Fred Brown at the end of the game will remain immortalized in sports and American history.
25) 1981. BYU’s Danny Ainge dribbles the entire length of the court to score the game-winning basket and beat Notre Dame in the regional semifinal.
24) 1957. The North Carolina Tar Heels overcome a triple-overtime game and the height of 7-foot-1 Wilt Chamberlain en route to a national championship and perfect 32-0 season.
23) 2010. Butler’s Gordon Hayward narrowly misses a desperation shot to defeat the Duke Blue Devils in the national championship.
22) 1996. Princeton shocks defending champion UCLA in a first-round upset.
21) 1969. UCLA’s Lew Alcindor completes the greatest NCAA tournament career with no losses, three titles and three Most Outstanding Player awards.
20) 1984. The Georgetown Hoyas win the national championship to make John Thompson Jr. the first African-American head coach to win a Division I men’s basketball title.
19) 1974. Top-ranked NC State held off No. 2 UCLA, the only team to defeat the Wolfpack during the season, in a double-overtime thriller to end the Bruins' run at seven straight national championships.
18) 2011. The VCU Rams go from the First Four to Final Four in a storybook run.
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17) 1990. Bo Kimble of Loyola Marymount honors his fallen teammate, Hank Gathers, by shooting the first free throws of each game left-handed.
16) 1998. Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew makes his dad, also his coach, proud by scoring the game-winning basket over Ole Miss.
15) 1988. Kansas makes a triumphant return from regular-season injuries to drop conference rival Oklahoma in the championship game.
14) 1993. Chris Webber calls the timeout heard around the nation, when Michigan had none left, to help North Carolina defeat the Wolverines in the championship game.
13) 1977. Marquette coaching legend Al McGuire ends his career on a high note with a championship win over North Carolina.
12) 2006. No. 11 George Mason amazes the nation in a Final Four journey with wins over Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and No. 1 UConn.
11) 2008. Kansas’ Mario Chalmers amazes with a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, where the Jayhawks would go on to win the title over Memphis.
Tune in to CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 7 to see moments 10-1. Use the channel finder to find CBS Sports Network on your television. Also, get all your March Madness kicks throughout the tournament on our NCAA tournament home page and Facebook page.
Are there moments on here that we missed? Who would you have picked? Make your voice heard in the comment section below or on Twitter @Hoopsoncbs. You can also follow Adena Andrews on Twitter @adena_andrews.
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