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What is your all-time favorite NCAA Tournament basketball game?
Been thinking about this one a lot today, probably because in normal times we’d be in the heart of March Madness. As much as a love baseball, I think I miss that more than any other sporting event right now.
My favorite game probably doesn’t match up with the best game. The best game, to me, was the Elite Eight matchup in 1992 between Duke and Kentucky, when Christian Laettner built his annoying legend even further. (At least he beat Rick Pitino.) I’ll also hear arguments for Villanova’s buzzer-beating win over North Carolina in the 2016 Final, North Carolina State’s upset of Houston in the ’83 Final, and a really overlooked one, Michigan’s win over Seton Hall in the ’89 Final.
But my favorite is Kansas’s win over Oklahoma in the ’88 Final. That was my senior year in high school, and there’s probably no point in my life I’ve loved basketball more. That Kansas team was led by do-it-all Danny Manning, whose game was a combination of Paul Pierce and Magic Johnson at that point. If you didn’t see him as a college player, before a knee injury affected his NBA career, you missed out.
I’ll also accept anything involving LSU’s Chris Jackson or Georgia Tech’s Kenny Anderson, probably my two favorite college players of all time.
But what does everyone else think? What is your all-time favorite NCAA Tournament basketball game? I’ll hear you in the comments.