A RICH HISTORY 

"Where Madness Reigns"

It all began in 1982 when North Carolina superstar Michael Jordan buried his game-winning jumper, and it quickly resurfaced when Indiana’s Keith Smart knocked down his title-winner from the Superdome baseline in 1987.  In 1993, it was Tar Heel legend Dean Smith cutting down the nets as his squad outlasted Michigan’s Fab Five to win it all, and then a decade later, in 2003, it reappeared as freshman Carmelo Anthony carried his Syracuse team to the National Championship. Most recently, it returned in the form of Anthony Davis and the youthful Kentucky Wildcats running away with the NCAA crown.  In all instances, March Madness Reigned Supreme right here in New Orleans.

1982

Winner: North Carolina

 

Teams: Georgetown, Louisville, Houston

Key Moments: Freshman star Michael Jordan hits game winner to give lift Tar Hills to victory giving legendary coach Dean Smith, first National Championship.

Notable Student Athletes: Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Patrick Ewing, Sam Perkins.

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1987

Winner: Indiana

 

Teams: Syracuse, Providence, UNLV

Key Moments: Louisiana native Keith Smart hits game-winning shot to give Hoosiers 74-73 victory over Syracuse. 1987 marked the third and final title for coach Bob Knight.

Notable Student Athletes: Keith Smart, Steve Alford, Derrick Coleman, Rony Seikaly, Sherman Douglas, Billy Donovan

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1993

Winner: North Carolina

 

Teams: Michigan, Kansas, Kentucky

Key Moments: North Carolina legendary coach Dean Smith wins third and final NCAA Championship

Notable Student Athletes: Eric Montross, Donald Williams

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2003

Winner: Syracuse

 

Teams: Kansas, Marquette, Texas

Key Moments: Hakim Warrick blocks shot in final seconds. Syracuse lead by freshman star Carmelo Anthony win first title for coach Jim Boeheim.

Notable Student Athletes: Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Gerry McNamara, TJ Ford

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2012

Winner: Kentucky

 

Teams: Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State

Key Moments: In a Final Four that included 8 NBA Draft Picks (6 1st rd.) Kentucky, lead by freshman phenom Anthony Davis captured the 2012 Final Four. 

Notable Student Athletes: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson, Jared Sullinger, Terrance Jones, Maquis Teague.