March Madness is upon us again. The time feels right to a look back and countdown the five best tourney games/runs of the last decade.
5. 2007 Sweet Sixteen: Ohio State vs. Tennessee
In the 2nd Half, #5 Tennessee was leading the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes by as many as 20 points. Ohio State went on a huge run late in the 2nd Half. Ohio State went on to win the game 85-84 to advance to the Elite Eight. The Buckeyes would ultimately go to lose to Florida in the National Championship Game.
4. 2010 National Championship: Duke vs. Butler
This game had the drama and competition that every championship game needs. The game between these teams was very close throughout. Butler had a chance to win the game in the final seconds. But, the ball rimmed out and Duke hung on to win the National title.
3. 2008 National Championship: Kansas vs. Memphis
The 2008 National Championship is one of the most classic game in NCAA Tournament history. Memphis led with seconds left in the game, and they failed to foul Kansas, which would have sealed the title for them. Mario Chalmers hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 63. In overtime, Kansas went on to win the game 75-68 to win their first National Championship since 1988.
2. 2013 Southern Regional: Florida Gulf Coast vs. Georgetown
Florida Gulf Coast was only in their second year in NCAA Division I. They were huge underdogs to #2 Georgetown. But, Florida Gulf Coast pulled off the huge upset 78-68. They would go on to lose to Florida in the Regional Semifinals.
1. 2006 George Mason’s Run
The Patriots entered the tournament as huge underdogs. Most experts thought they would either be one-and-done or at best be knocked off in two rounds. But, George Mason pulled off huge upsets over a lot of highly-ranked teams. They would make it all the way to the Final Four. In the end, they were knocked off by the eventual National Champion Florida, but not before making the best run of the last decade.