George Mason just became the second 11th seed to ever reach the Final Four -- knocking off top-seeded Connecticut to get there. Where does the Patriots' upset rank in Tournament annals? Check out our list published a few years ago and let us know where George Mason's win should rank.
1. N.C. State stuns Houston in championship game (1983)
State had lost 10 regular-season games, and nobody expected them to get to the Elite Eight, much less the championship game. But the Wolfpack was on a postseason roll, having won the ACC tournament and then advancing past Pepperdine, Virginia and Georgia in tight games. Now they had the opportunity to face Houston's Akeem Olajuwon and the Phi Slamma Jamma gang.
The top-ranked Cougars were cocky, and had reason to be. "We figure the team with the most dunks will win," predicted Olajuwon.
If only it was so easy. N.C. State led 33-25 at the half, and overcame a 17-2 run by Houston at the start of the second half to tie the game at 52 with two minutes left. The Wolfpack then fouled freshman guard Alvin Franklin, who missed the front end of a one-and-one. State rebounded and held the ball for the last shot, but the final play went awry, and Dereck Whittenburg -- who'd sunk two straight to tie the game -- missed a desperation 30-footer. As it fell far short of the rim, Lorenzo Charles went up, grabbed it, and slammed it in with one second left for an amazing Wolfpack win.
2. Villanova beats Georgetown for championship (1985)
Georgetown, the 1984 champions led by Patrick Ewing, looked like a lock in 1985. Villanova, the eighth seed in the Southeast Regional, never cracked the top 20 and lost twice during the season to the Hoyas. What a mismatch.
But it wasn't.
The Wildcats led 29-28 at the half, and then played a nearly flawless second half, missing only one shot from the field. Villanova won, 66-64, by shooting 78 percent against the best defensive team in the nation.
How great was 'Nova on that April Fool's day in Lexington? After the game, the Wildcats were applauded by their stunned opponents. "Any time you shoot that percentage you deserve the praise," said Georgetown coach John Thompson. "You couldn't get much better."
3. Princeton eliminates UCLA (1996)
You know why the backdoor was invented? So 13 seeds could sneak by the defending champs in the first round. Tigers, 43-41.
4. Texas Western defeats Kentucky for title (1966)
How sweet it was. Texas Western and its all-black starting five, heavy underdogs vs. Kentucky ("Rupp's Runts" -- all under 6-foot-6) and coach Adolph Rupp. Rupp could spot white talent -- Louie Dampier and Pat Riley were All-Americans -- but he couldn't spot the future. Texas Western, 72-65.
5. Boston College over No. 1 UNC in round two (1994)
BC ended the Tar Heels' golden era of 13 straight Sweet 16 appearances, winning 75-72 despite facing a loaded, experienced team featuring Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace, that had won the 1993 title.
6. Canisius stuns N.C. State, 79-78 (1956)
Before the final four was the Final Four, before March went mad, there was still an undeniable exciting, anything-can-happen flavor to the Tournament. Case in point: The Wolfpack was ranked second in the nation when they faced Canisius in the first round. And in quadruple overtime, Canisius won 79-78.
7. Duke shocks UNLV in national semis (1991)
The undefeated UNLV Runnin' Rebels couldn't lose -- most considered them unbeatable, even in the anything-can-happen world that is the NCAA dance. But Duke's D stopped the Rebels from doing much running, Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley played brilliantly on the offensive end, and the Blue Devils avenged the 30-point drubbing UNLV had handed them in the 1990 final. The 79-77 Duke victory ended the Rebels' 45-game winning streak.
8. Santa Clara beats Arizona, clobbers the spread (1993)
The 15th-seeded Broncos were 20-point underdogs against Arizona, who they faced in the first round of the West Regional in Salt Lake City. Santa Clara, described by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as "a motley jumble of eggheads, surfers and imports," survived a midgame run of 25 straight points by the No. 2 seeded and fifth-ranked Wildcats to win, 64-61.
One of the imports: Steve Nash.
9. Little Rock ousts the Irish (1986)
Tenth-ranked Notre Dame went into their first-round game at the Metrodome 17-point favorites over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans. The Irish played well, but the 14th-seeded Trojans played a near-perfect second half, going 15 for 19 from the field and hitting 9 of 11 from the free-throw line in the final minutes to win, 90-83.
10. LSU beats Kentucky, advances to the Final Four (1986)
LSU, seeded 11th in the Southeast, had already lost three times to No. 1 Kentucky during the season. It seemed destined to be a doomed year for the Bayou Bengals -- after opening the season 14-0, they lost hot prospect Tito Horford, a 7-footer, who just up and left; Zoran Jovanovich, another 7-footer, who hurt his knee; Nikita Wilson, their leading rebounder and scorer, who flunked out; and then came the chicken pox.
But in the tourney, they scored three straight upsets -- over Purdue, Memphis State, and Georgia Tech. Then they beat Kentucky 59-57 at the Omni in Atlanta, effectively using "The Freak," a deceptive defense devised by Dale Brown -- and became the first No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four.