65 Reasons I’m Mad About March

March 13, 2008 |

  1. U.S. Reid’s half-court buzzer beater for Arkansas in 1981.

64. Isaiah Thomas, 1981 – “And a Child Shall Lead Them”

63. Bill Walton, 21 for 22.

62. N.C. State 103, Maryland 100 in The Most Important Game Ever Played in NCAA Basketball.

61. Championship Week (Brought to you by ESPN, of course)

60. Dr. Dunkenstein

59. Thursday at Noon to Sunday at Eight P.M.

58. Larry Bird in the baby blue of Indiana State (they were undefeated before Monday Night).

57. Clark Kellogg inventing words like “spurtability”.


55. While I’m here, John Gilchrist, Greensboro, North Carolina, March 2004.

54. Reggie Williams, Final Four MOP, Georgetown, 1984.

53. “Never Nervous Pervis”, Louisville, 1986.

52. Bill Raftery (easily the most entertaining basketball commentator) – “Inna mantaman”,” with the kiss”, “to the tin”.

51. One Shining Moment (yeah, I’m kind of a sucker that way).

50. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso.

49. Al Maguire and the Marquette Warriors (and those butt-ugly unis), 1977.

47. The Fab Five.

46. While we’re here, Chris Webber’s timeout/technical foul.

45. Michael Jordan, Freshman, UNC, 1982, Louisiana Superdome.

44. Fred Brown’s Fatal Pass, 10 seconds later, Georgetown, 1982, Louisiana Superdome.

43. Kent Benson and Scott May, Indiana Hoosiers (last undefeated National Champions, 34-0, 1976).

42. Tyus Edney, end to end to beat Missouri, then UCLA wins four more to win the title.

41. Christian Laettner (you know he belongs).

40. Phi Slamma Jamma.

39. Bubble Watch.

38. #15 Seed Coppin State over #2 Seed South Carolina, 1997 (and wasn’t Antoine Brockington great?).

37. Pete Carrill and the scariest #16 or #15 Seed ever, the Princeton Tigers.

36. Hampton over Iowa State.

35. Filling out ten different brackets with ten different champions for ten bucks each.

34. Len Bias.

33. Lefty Driesell winning the 1984 ACC “Toon-a-mint”

32. Jerry Tarkanian’s white towel (in his mouth).

31. John Thompson Jr.’s white towel (over his shoulder).

30. George Mason, 2006.

29. Shooting hoops in my backyard during commercials (yes, I still do it).

28. Magic Johnson to Greg Kelser, Michigan State, 1979.

27. Lonny Baxter against Stanford, Regional Finals, 2001.

26. Joe Smith and Co. over UMass, 1994.

25. Gus Johnson calling any game.

24. .17 Green Beers on St. Patrick’s Day watching the opening rounds at your favorite bar.

23. That reminds me, corned beef and cabbage (for $3.17 a plate, naturally).

22. Hank Geathers, Loyola Marymount. And Bo Kimble shooting free throws left-handed.

21. John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins.

20. UNLV beating Duke by what seemed like 80 in the final (yeah, it still makes me smile).

19. College dorm room Nerf-Hoop while watching games and, ahem, studying.

18. Championship Monday usually coincides with Opening Day (not this year, though).

17. The Final Four.

16. Jim Valvano and the N.C. State Wolfpack, 1983.

15. Derrick Whittenberg and Lorenzo Charles, N.C. State, 1983.

14. “Survive and advance”.

13. Drew Nicholas beating UNC-Wilmington, 2003.

12. Cinderella showing up at the Sweet Sixteen every year.

11. Players locking elbows on the bench during crunch time.

10. The raw passion and emotion of the event; regardless of record, you have to win.

9. Storming The Floor.

8. Villanova over Georgetown, 1985. The Perfect Game.

7. Jim Valvano looking “for someone to hug” in Albuquerque, 1983.

6. Duke – Kentucky East Regional Final, 1991. Mesmerising.

5. Louisville and Kentucky – college basketball royalty.

4. 2002 Maryland Terrapins – 32 – 4.

3. Chris Wilcox against Kansas and Drew Gooden, 2002.

2. Juan Dixon – The 3 to Kill The Huskies, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y., 2002.

1. Maryland 63, Indiana 54, Championship Game, 2002.