On a day that should have been filled with anticipation and excitement, we are stuck indoors with nothing but march madness memories. This virus has robbed us of the greatest sporting event of the year, and a gambling mans dream. As we all try to cope with this tragedy, and by tragedy I am referring to the cancellation of the tournament. I decided to dive into the vault of march madness memories so we can all reminisce on simpler times. Here are a few of my favorites.
FGCU Tournament Takeover
Let’s jump back to 2013, the Eagles were out of the Atlantic Sun Conference and known by very few people outside of Fort Meyers Florida. The Eagles took over the tournament with their above the rim play. Taking on #2 seeded Georgetown, the Hoyas had no answer for the run and gun style put forth by the Eagles. After a few memorable dunks and alley-oops, the Eagles became just the seventh #15 seed to take down a #2 seed. Two days later the Eagles went on to beat San Diego State 81-71 in the round of 32. The first #15 seed to win two games in the NCAA tournament. Do yourself a favor and watch this video below, see for yourself why the Eagles got the name of “Dunk City”.
Steph The Showstopper
Before Stephen Curry was a two-time NBA MVP, he was just Dell Curry’s son playing for the Davidson Wildcats. After getting an automatic bid to the tournament and coming in as a #10 seed, they weren’t expected to do very much. What happened next will live on for a long time. In the first round Curry and the Wildcats are set to take on #7 seed Gonzaga. After trailing by 10 points in the 2nd half, Davidson storms back to win 82-76. Led by 40 points from curry and 30 of those came in the second half.
In the next round the Wildcats trail by as much as 17 points in the second half. Curry leads them to a 74-70 win with 30 points for himself. Tied at halftime of the sweet sixteen to the Wisconsin Badgers, Curry and the Wildcats run away with it in the second half, winning 73-56. Curry with another 33 points, can you say Cinderella? In the Elite Eight, Curry falls back to earth slightly. Scoring 25 points on 9-for-25 shooting, the Wildcats fall to the Kansas Jayhawks, 59-57. Even with a sub par shooting performance from Curry, Davidson still had a chance at a buzzer beater. An incredible run by a future super star.
Kris Jenkins Beats The Buzzer
This is the most recent and the most memorable of the three memories. In what is considered one of the best National Championship games of all time. We saw Villanova squander a six point lead with under two minutes to play. A circus shot from North Carolina’s Marcus Paige seemed to force overtime for the Tar Heels. Kris Jenkins had other plans. After an unselfish play by Ryan Arcidiacono, Jenkins steps up and knocks down a cold-blooded three to win his team the National Championship. I don’t think Arcidiacono gets enough credit for passing that ball. To my knowledge, this is the only buzzer beater to win the National Championship.
March Madness Memories
So those were just a few of my favorite tournament memories. This is a very strange time we are living in at the moment. In a time like this everyone needs to keep their spirits up and stay safe. We here at Hold The Mayo are going to continue working to put out entertaining content. Might as well go check out the Big Easy Bets podcast while you are quarantining. In all seriousness we hope that everyone is taking the necessary precautions to stay safe. Hold It.