Ranking the decade's best games
As we close out the decade, ESPN.com's writers and contributors rank and take a look back at the most unforgettable games of the past decade
Most memorable NCAA tournament games1. Kansas 75, Memphis 68 in OT (2008 national title game) 2. George Mason 86, Connecticut 84 in OT (2006 Elite Eight) 3. Illinois 90, Arizona 89 in OT (2005 Elite Eight) 4. Michigan State 94, Kentucky 88 in 2OT (2005 Elite Eight) T-5. UCLA 73, Gonzaga 71 (2006 Sweet 16) Syracuse 81, Kansas 78 (2003 national title game) Others receiving votes: Hampton over Iowa State, 2001 first round; Creighton over Florida, 2002 first round; Indiana over Duke, 2002 Sweet 16; Maryland over UConn, 2002 Elite Eight; Arizona over Gonzaga in 2 OT, 2003 second round; Oklahoma State over Saint Joseph's, 2004 Elite Eight; UConn over Duke, 2004 national semis; Vermont over Syracuse, 2005 first round; West Virginia over Wake Forest, 2005 second round; Louisville over West Virginia in OT, 2005 Elite Eight; Northwestern State over Iowa, 2006 first round; Texas over West Virginia, 2006 Sweet 16; Villanova over Pittsburgh, 2009 Elite Eight Making the case
Most memorable non-NCAA tournament games1. Syracuse 127, Connecticut 117 in 6OT (2009 Big East tournament) 2. Gonzaga 109, Michigan State 106 in 3OT (2005 Maui Invitational) 3. Oklahoma State 105, Texas 103 in 3OT (2006-07 regular season) 4. Duke 98, Maryland 96 in OT (2000-01 regular season) 5. Louisville 75, Memphis 74 (2005 C-USA title game) Others receiving votes: Iowa State over Kansas (2000); Illinois over Michigan State (2001); Duke over Maryland (2001 ACC semis); Duke over Kentucky (2001 Jimmy V); UConn over Pitt in 2OT (2002 Big East title game); Wake Forest over North Carolina in 3OT (2003); Maryland over NC State (2004 ACC semis); UNLV over San Diego State (2005); Kentucky over Louisville (2004); Texas over Texas A&M (2007); Baylor over Texas A&M in 5OT (2008); Tennessee over Memphis (2008); UCLA over Cal (2008) Making the case
THE DECADE: A LOOK BACK
What a memorable and often tumultous past 10 years it has been in college basketball. Sit back and let our panelists of ESPN.com writers and contributors take you through the teams and personalities that made up the decade.