'One Shining Moment' composer shares March Madness prediction

"The ball is tipped
and there you are
you're running for your life
you're a shooting star"

Since 1987, every March Madness tournament has ended with a three-minute montage set to the memorable tune of "One Shining Moment."

The song is legendary, and has served as the soundtrack to college basketball's ultimate celebration for 30 years running. Composer of the March Madness classic, David Barrett, said he's had the "good fortune" of making a career out of doing what he loves -- which is telling the story of a tentpole event like March Madness through song.

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GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 19: Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks dunks the ball in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 16: Zach Johnson #5 of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles passes the ball against Trent Forrest #3 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks rebounds against Angel Delgado #31 of the Seton Hall Pirates during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17: Jon Severe #10 of the Iona Gaels fouls Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Gavin Skelly #44 of the Northwestern Wildcats celebrates after a play in the second half against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Elijah Macon #45 of the West Virginia Mountaineers dunks the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks against the Troy Trojans in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - MARCH 19: Josh Jackson #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 19: Duane Notice #10 of the South Carolina Gamecocks shoots the ball against Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers takes a shot against Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Isaac Haas #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers battles for the ball with Carlton Bragg Jr. #15 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Chris Chiozza #11 of the Florida Gators shoots a game winning three point basket in overtime to defeat the Wisconsin Badgers with a score of 84 to 83 during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 25: Jordan Bell #1 of the Oregon Ducks dunks the ball in the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 26: Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after a basket late in teh second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 26: Isaac Humphries #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats competes for a rebound with Theo Pinson #1, Isaiah Hicks #4 and Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Chris Chiozza #11 of the Florida Gators chases the ball after Duane Notice #10 of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Justin Leon #23 of the Florida Gators lose the ball in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Head coach Frank Martin of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates by cutting down the net after defeating the Florida Gators with a score of 77 to 70 to win the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 24: Isaiah Briscoe #13 and Isaac Humphries #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats compete for the ball with Ike Anigbogu #13 and Gyorgy Goloman #14 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 24, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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"I am a huge fan of this uniquely American event," Barrett told AOL News. "It's a wondrous thing."

As story has it, the Michigan native singer/songwriter was inspired watching Larry Bird play in 1986, and wrote "One Shining Moment" as a narrative of athletic perseverance and success almost instantaneously. Barrett would later pass the song off to a friend working for Sports Illustrated, who then presented it to CBS officials. The rest, as they say, is history.

"[The song] was a big door I got to walk through," Barrett says. "And I didn't just walk through it, I ran through it."

Aside from the famed March Madness melody, the Emmy award-winning professional has composed a series of high-profile pieces, including music for the Olympics, PGA tournament and PBS's "Beyond the Gridiron."

The original version of "One Shining Moment" was sung by Barrett himself, and that version was used through 1993 and between 2000 and 2003. Artists including Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross and Jennifer Hudson have also sang the sports hit -- and Barrett says Luther Vandross will be returning to sing the 2017 rendition.

Barrett, who was clearly broken up about his home state's Michigan Wolverines being knocked off by Oregon in the Sweet Sixteen round, says this year's tournament is truly exceptional because of the Final Four's underdog nature.

"You've got three out of the four teams that are underdogs," Barrett said of this year's tournament close. "But, yeah, I've got UNC in my bracket."

He also said he loves South Carolina, though, noting his admiration for Coach Frank Martin and his squad -- which Barrett said is stacked with guys who "play like their hair is on fire."

Barrett is still working in the song composition business, and is currently composing a piece for the state of the Michigan.

As "One Shining Moment" ages and evolves, it is certain that March Madness would truly not be the same without Barrett's memorable composition.

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GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks recovers a loose ball against Andrew Rowsey #30 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Sindarius Thornwell #0 and Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rebound against Matt Heldt #12 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: PJ Dozier #15 of the South Carolina Gamecocks hangs on the net after dunking against Sam Hauser #10 and Jajuan Johnson #23 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Rakym Felder #4 and Hassani Gravett #2 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate their 93-73 win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 19: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils dribbles against Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 19: Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks dunks the ball in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 19: Head coach Frank Martin of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 19: TeMarcus Blanton #5 and Hassani Gravett #2 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with teammates after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 88-81 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: South Carolina Gamecocks guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) during the first half of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional against the Baylor Bears at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2017, in New York City, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Al Freeman #25 of the Baylor Bears fights for the rebound against PJ Dozier #15 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: PJ Dozier #15 of the South Carolina Gamecocks shoots the ball against Jake Lindsey #3 of the Baylor Bears during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: South Carolina Gamecocks guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) during the first half of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional game between the Baylor Bears and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2017, in New York City, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks shoots the ball against Johnathan Motley #5 of the Baylor Bears during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Kasey Hill #0 of the Florida Gators drives to the basket against Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the South Carolina Gamecocks shoots the ball over Devin Robinson #1 of the Florida Gators in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks fights for the rebound against the Florida Gators in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Chris Chiozza #11 of the Florida Gators chases the ball after Duane Notice #10 of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Justin Leon #23 of the Florida Gators lose the ball in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Maik Kotsar #21 and Justin McKie #20 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with their teammates after defeating the Florida Gators with a score of 77 to 70 to win the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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