ESPN and CBS can do fans a favor by re-airing these games
Millions of Americans are changing their television plans with the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament. Fortunately, this isn’t the '70s, and they have more than three channels to choose from. However, if CBS and NBC want to keep viewers, they can rebroadcast some of March Madness' most memorable games. Here are 10 (in chronological order) that we would like to see again.
Michigan State 75, Indiana State 64 — 1979 National Championship Game
March 26, 1979 (Salt Lake City)
The first showdown between the Spartans’ Magic Johnson and the undefeated Sycamores’ Larry Bird is the highest-rated college basketball of all time and provided a preview of the NBA of the 1980s.
NC State 54, Houston 52 — 1983 National Championship Game
April 4, 1983 (Albuquerque, N.M.)
The matchup between the scrappy Wolfpack and the Cougars' "Phi Slamma Jamma" produced two unforgettable moments in March Madness history: 1) Dereck Whittenburg's accidental alley-oop to Lorenzo Charles, and 2) NC State head coach Jim Valvano looking for someone to hug after the win.
Villanova 66, Georgetown 64 — 1985 National Championship Game
April 1, 1985 (Lexington, Ky.)
Villanova saved its best basketball for the championship game to upset Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas, becoming the only eight-seed to win it all.
UNLV 131, Loyola Marymount 101 — 1990 Elite Eight
March 25, 1990 (Oakland, Calif.)
The Runnin' Rebels were one of the most explosive teams in NCAA history, and Loyola Marymount's up-tempo offense averaged 122.4 points a game. While the score was not close, you do not see contests like this anymore.
Duke 79, UNLV 77 — 1991 Final Four
March 30, 1991 (Indianapolis, Ind.)
UNLV was 34-0 and had not lost a game since February 1990. The Runnin' Rebels also had drubbed Duke 103-73 the previous year in the most lopsided national championship game in NCAA Tournament history. The Blue Devils got revenge with this upset of UNLV in the Final Four in a game that launched the Blue Devils' dynasty.
Duke 104, Kentucky 103 — 1992 Elite Eight
March 28, 1992 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
The greatest game in the history of March Madness was thrilling from start to finish, and Duke center Christian Laettner's last-second basket is college basketball's most memorable buzzer beater.
Michigan 81, Kentucky 78 (OT) — 1993 Final Four
April 3, 1993 (New Orleans)
Michigan's "Fab Five" is arguably the most mythicized squad in college basketball history. This overtime Final Four win over Jamal Mashburn and Kentucky showed them at their best.
Kansas 75, Memphis 68 (OT) — 2008 National Championship Game
April 7, 2008 (San Antonio)
Memphis led Kansas 60-51 with two minutes remaining in regulation, but the Jayhawks managed to close the lead, and Mario Chalmers hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Kansas then held Memphis to five points to win its first national championship since 1988.
Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68 — 2013 Round of 64
March 22, 2013 (Philadelphia)
There have been other 15 vs. 2 upsets, but the Eagles overwhelming the Hoyas' very good defense with a barrage of dunks en route to becoming the only No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16 is worth watching again.
Villanova 77, North Carolina 74 — 2016 National Championship Game
April 4, 2016 (Houston)
The Tar Heels came back from a 10-point deficit to tie Villanova 74-74 in the final seconds. But with 4.7 seconds left, Wildcat guard Ryan Arcidiacono took the ball down the court and tossed it to Kris Jenkins, who sank a three-pointer as time expired to win the title.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.