The song that defines the NCAA Tournament is One Shining Moment.
But it couldn't be more misleading.
Because if you think about it, the Big Dance is never defined by one moment, shining or otherwise. It's actually a collection of moments that every single year begins on a Thursday afternoon and ends on a Monday night in April.
|Bryce Drew came up big for his dad against Ole Miss. (Getty Images)|
In between coaches design good plays, squander great opportunities.
And if we're lucky somebody curses at Bonnie Bernstein on live television!
Point is, One Shining Moment doesn't quite do the NCAA Tournament justice. One means singular, and it's impossible in any given week, year or decade to summarize the event by referencing a single moment.
But how about five moments? Perhaps that's a reasonable mission.
So we at CBS SportsLine.com will spend the next five weeks counting down the Top Five moments in NCAA Tournament history.
And by moments we mean moments. Not games. Or upsets. Or accomplishments. But moments, something described as instances that remain in your memory forever.
|Memorable Moments Archive|
|No. 1:||One shot, one memory|
|Turn and shoot|
|No. 2:||Jimmy V's elation|
|Which way do I go?|
|No. 3:||Webber seals Fab 5's fate|
|No. 4:||Bo's lefty tribute|
|Kimble's free throws|
|No. 5:||Valpo's Drew sinks Ole Miss|
Chris Webber forgot he had no timeouts. The rest of us will remember it until we die.
And that's the standard we're trying to match. It's hard to name the past five national champions off the top of your head. But naming five moments is easy.
So let's get started.