Advertisements

March Madness Moments: A Big Ten Flavor

The 1979 Spartans: A magical season and a magical player.

The 1979 Spartans: A magical season and a magical player.

The NCAA – in a bid for its highest traffic day in history – today released its 75 all-time March Madness players, 25 all-time March Madness teams and 35 all-time March Madness moments.

There are a handful of Big Ten players, teams and moments on the list (along with the NCAA’s commentary):

Top 75 Players

  • Scott May, Indiana
  • Kent Benson, Indiana
  • Magic Johnson, Michigan State
  • Isiah Thomas, Indiana
  • Steve Alford, Indiana
  • Keith Smart, Indiana
  • Glen Rice, Michigan
  • Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State

Top 25 Teams

  • 1959-60 Ohio State Buckeyes: “The Buckeyes steamrolled through the NCAA tournament by an average of 19.5 points a game.”
  • 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers: “Most recent unbeaten team.”
  • 1978-79 Michigan State Spartans: “Defeated Indiana State in title game (this was Bird vs. Magic).”

Top 35 Moments

  • 1939: Oregon defeats Ohio State at Northwestern for the first NCAA championship.
  • 1976: Indiana’s perfect title: “Since Bob Knight’s Hoosiers won the title 36 years ago, only two teams have even entered the NCAA tournament unbeaten, let alone won the whole thing.”
  • 1979: Magic vs Bird: “Michigan State’s win against unbeaten Indiana State remains the highest-rated game in college basketball history — and it ushered in a new era in basketball.”
  • 1987: Keith Smart: “In the same year the movie Hoosiers came out, Indiana Hoosier Keith Smart scored 12 of his team’s final 15 points, including a 16-footer in the final seconds, as Indiana shocked Syracuse in the national final.”
  • 1989: Rumeal Robinson: “Robinson sure wasn’t automatic from the foul line during the regular season, but he hit a pair of free throws with no time left on the clock to give Michigan the national title.”

Seems pretty complete. So what’s missing?

Advertisements
,

About Tony

Founder of Ball Eight.

View all posts by Tony

More From Daily Big Ten

Get more Daily Big Ten via RSS feed, Twitter and Facebook. You'll like it.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: