But the 2018 men’s tournament, over the first two weekends, had more than its fair share of moments. It will be remembered for Villanova, and for the Wildcats’ dominance – their six wins by 10 points or more, and second national title in three years. But a few moments on the road to the Final Four were unforgettable. Here, in descending order, are the top five.
In a tournament full of upsets, the last game en route to San Antonio was a rare blue-blood battle. And it was a thriller. Duke vs. Kansas might have been the best of the 67 games start to finish. With less than 30 seconds remaining, Svi Mykhailiuk tied it at 82 with a 3. Then Grayson Allen came within inches of being a hero.
After erasing a 14-point deficit in the first round to beat Texas in overtime, Nevada found itself down 22 with 11 minutes remaining in its second-round game against Cincinnati. Incredibly, it charged back – into the Sweet 16, and into the record books – with Josh Hall’s game-winning floater sealing the deal.
Michigan was Villanova’s opponent on Monday night. But two weeks and two days earlier, its season was on life support with 3.9 seconds remaining in its second-round matchup with Houston. The Wolverines trailed 63-61. They had the ball on the baseline after two missed Cougars free throws. They needed a hero.