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BEST 10 NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GAMES OF THE PAST 25 YEARS

10. Ole Miss def. BYU 94-90-2015 First Four

The latest entry on this countdown, BYU appeared to romp to a resounding blowout victory over the Rebels. Up 17 at the half, BYU faltered and Ole Miss hit nearly every shot to get back into the game. Ole Miss would close the game strong and eek out an amazing victory. This was an offense explosion the likes of which are rarely seen in college basketball. 

9. Indiana def. Duke 74-73-2002 Regional Semifinal

Duke was poised to repeat as National Champions and appeared way too much for the underdog Indiana Hoosiers in the Sweet 16. For much of the game, the Blue Devils appeared to be exactly that, but Indiana would just not quit. They would rally late, but would foul Duke superstar Jason Williams at the very end. Williams would miss a critical free throw and Indiana would pull off the upset. 

8. Arizona def. Kentucky (OT) 84-79-1997 National Championship Game

Kentucky was looking to repeat, but those feisty Arizona Wildcats kept fighting and parlayed their excellent play from the upset over Kansas a couple rounds earlier. Behind clutch performers, Mike Bibby and Miles Simon, Arizona clipped Kentucky in the overtime of a back-and-forth affair. 

7. Arizona def. Kansas 85-82-1997 Regional Semifinal

Kansas was the prohibitive favorite to win the National Championship after completing the season with only one loss. In the tournament, they cruised through the first two rounds, before matching up with the upstart Wildcats. Behind clutch shooting, Arizona was able to clip the Jayhawks in an offensive exhibition. 

6. Kentucky def. Wisconsin 74-73-2014 National Semifinal

Kentucky was on a magical run, but the Wisconsin Badgers seemed to be the perfect foil. The two teams duked it out expertly, with both offenses firing on all cylinders. At the end of the day, Aaron Harrison would be the hero again, hitting the game winning three. 

5. Arkansas def. Duke 76-72-1994 National Championship Game

Duke was the team of the 1990’s, but Nolan Richardson’s Arkansas Razorbacks were a program on the rise. Behind a balanced attack and one of the most feared full court presses in college basketball, Arkansas found itself in the national championship game with the Blue Devils. The game was close throughout and incredibly intense, leading to a heart pounding and controversial finish. 

4. UCLA def. Missouri 75-74-1995 Second Round

It doesn’t matter how good you are in the regular season, the NCAA tournament is all that’s relevant. That’s the stark reality UCLA almost had to realize in 1995. The Bruins ripped through their early season with little resistance. In the second round of the NCAA though, the Missouri Tigers gave them all they could handle. With mere seconds left, UCLA was down one. Their standout guard Tyus Edney went coast-to-coast to win the game and save the season. 

3. Arizona def. Gonzaga 96-95 (2OT)-2003 Second Round

Favored Arizona got more than they bargained for in an incredibly resilient Gonzaga team. Behind Adam Morison and Ronny Turiaf, the Zags appeared poised for a major upset. At every critical point though, Zona would come up huge. Eventually in the second OT, the Wildcats superior talent won out and gave them a narrow victory. 

2. Duke def. UNLV 79-77-1991 National Semifinal

UNLV had won the 1990 National Championship and was a strong favorite to repeat in 1991. The Rebels were undefeated as they headed into the Final Four to take on Duke, a heavy underdog. The Blue Devils hung with them at every turn. Superstar Christian Laettner had the go ahead basket. A UNLV final shot was no good and Duke made history. 

1. Duke def. Kentucky 104-103 (OT)-1992 Regional Final

Considered by many to be not only the greatest NCAA Tournament game of all-time, but also the finest college basketball game ever. Kentucky and Duke were two titans heading into their 1992 showdown. Duke was looking to repeat as national champions, but got all they wanted in the mega-talented Wildcats. The ending, with the dramatic Christian Laettner jump shot is one of the most iconic moments in sports history. 

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