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Memorable March Madness moments

Times staff writer Tom Jones gives you a few lists to ponder while you're filling out your NCAA brackets and waiting for March Madness to begin.

'One Shining Moment' guys

10 players best remembered for tournament performances

1. Harold "The Show''
Arceneaux, Weber State

Scored 36, including 20 in the second half, to lead little Weber State to a shocking upset of No. 3 seed North Carolina in the first round of the 1999 tournament.

2. Keith Smart, Indiana

Indiana guard best remembered for draining jumper to beat Syracuse for the 1987 national championship.
3. Fennis Dembo, Wyoming

Dembo poured in 41 points, including 16-for-16 from the free-throw line, to lead Wyoming to an upset of UCLA in 1987.
4. Ernie DiGregorio, Providence

The scrappy guard known as Ernie D led the upstart Friars to Final Four in 1973.
5. Harold Jensen,
Villanova

He only took five shots in 1985 national championship, but he made all five as the Wildcats upset mighty Georgetown.
6. Lorenzo Charles,
N.C. State

The most famous dunk in NCAA history as he slammed home a missed shot to give the Wolfpack the stunning 1983 national title over Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma.
7. Bo Kimble, Loyola-Marymount

LMU star shot a free-throw left-handed in honor of friend Hank Gathers, who had died before the 1990 tournament, and then scored 45 in upset of New Mexico State and 37 in another upset against Michigan.
8. Tony Price,
Penn

The 1979 tournament is remembered for Bird vs. Magic, but little Ivy League Penn made the Final Four behind Price, who averaged 23 points along the way.
9. Austin Carr,
Notre Dame

This Irish star went on to decent NBA career, but he will always be remembered for his tournament-record 61-point performance over Ohio in the first round of the 1970 tournament.
10. Roosevelt
"Velvet'' Chapman, Dayton

In 1984, the Flyer star upset Wayman Tisdale's Oklahoma team with 41 points, then scored 22 in an upset of Detlef Schrempf's Washington team.

Five memorable first-round upsets

1No. 14 Cleveland State over No. 3 Indiana, 1986

Cleveland State reached Elite Eight that year.

2No. 14 Austin Peay over No. 3 Illinois, 1987

Dick Vitale said he would stand on his head if Austin Peay won. It did, and he did.

3No. 14 Arkansas-Little Rock over No. 3 Notre Dame, 1986

A-LR knocked out in next round by N.C. State.

4No. 15 Richmond over No. 2 Syracuse, 1991

The first time a No. 15 seed won a game in the tournament.

5No. 15 Santa Clara over No. 2 Arizona, 1993

Santa Clara had unknown guard named Steve Nash.

Five closest 1 vs. 16 matchups

A No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 seed in 92 meetings. But five nearly did. Here they are:

1 Michigan State over Murray State 75-71 in OT in 1990.

2Georgetown over Princeton 50-49 in 1989.

3Oklahoma over East Tennessee State 72-71 in 1989.

4Purdue over Western Carolina 73-71 in 1996.

5Michigan over Fairleigh Dickinson 59-55 in 1985.
Five best teams that didn't win the NCAA championship

1Bill Walton's 1974 UCLA Bruins lost in Final Four to David Thompson's N.C. State Wolfpack.

2Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler lost final to Jim Valvano's 1983 N.C. State Wolfpack.

3Defending champ and undefeated UNLV upset by Duke in 1991 national semifinal.

4Pick either of Michigan's Fab Five teams that reached the finals, but lost in 1992 and 1993.

5Georgetown's 1985 team would've won back-to-back titles if not for Villanova's Cinderella team.

Honorable mention: The Virginia teams that should've won at least one title with Ralph Sampson.

Three tidbits about the term Final Four

1Claimed to have been the phrase used long ago to describe Indiana state high school basketball championships.

2Trademarked by the NCAA in the early 1980s.

3NCAA gives credit of term to Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer Ed Chay, who wrote in a 1975 story that Marquette "was one of the final four.'''

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