Top individual March performances
March is a month full of memorable individual performances:
Mikan scored 53 points, equaling URI's total, in a 97-53 win. His 53 points are an NIT record for games played at Madison Square Garden.
• March 25, 1952: Clyde Lovellette, Kansas, NCAA regional final vs. St. Louis
Lovellette scored 44 points for the Jayhawks in a 74-55 win over St. Louis. He followed that up with 33 points in the Final Four against Santa Clara and 33 points and 17 rebounds in the national title win over St. John's.
• March 23, 1956: Bill Russell, San Francisco, national championship game vs. Iowa
Russell had 26 points and 27 rebounds as the Dons defended their national championship.
• March 21, 1959: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati, NCAA third-place game vs. Louisville
Robertson had the first triple-double in Final Four history with 39 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in a 98-85 victory over Louisville.
• March 20, 1965: Bill Bradley, Princeton, NCAA third-place game vs. Wichita State
Bradley set a Final Four record with 58 points on 22-for-29 shooting in a 118-82 rout of Wichita State. Bradley also went 14-for-15 from the free-throw line and had a team-best four assists.
• March 9, 1968: Elvin Hayes, Houston, NCAA first round vs. Loyola (Ill.)
Take your pick from Hayes' performances in Houston's three wins in this tournament. He had 49 points and 27 rebounds in this game, 35 points and 24 rebounds in the regional semis against Louisville, and 39 points and 25 rebounds in the regional final against TCU.
Carr scored 61 points in a 112-82 win. He was 25 of 44 from the field. His points, field goals made and field goals attempted are still NCAA Tournament records. This was the best of three 50-plus point games for Carr in NCAA Tournament play.
• March 26, 1973: Bill Walton, UCLA, national championship game vs. Memphis State
Perhaps the greatest individual effort of all time, Walton had 44 points on 21-for-22 shooting and 13 rebounds while playing with four fouls for most of the second half as the Bruins defended their national championship.
• March 9, 1974: Tom Burleson, NC State, ACC championship game vs. Maryland
Burleson had 38 points and 13 rebounds in what is often considered the greatest game ever played, North Carolina State's 103-100 win over Maryland in the ACC title game.
• March 7, 1977: Anthony Roberts, Oral Roberts, NIT first round vs. Oregon
Roberts scored an NCAA postseason record 65 points (tied for seventh- most in any NCAA game), albeit in a 90-89 loss to Oregon.
• March 17, 1978: Dave Corzine, DePaul, Sweet 16 vs. Louisville
Corzine played all 50 minutes of this double-overtime win over Louisville, and he had 46 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in helping DePaul to a 90-89 win.
• March 27, 1978: Jack Givens, Kentucky, national championship game vs. Duke
Givens carried Kentucky to a national championship with 41 points, eight rebounds and three assists. He shot 18-for-27 from the field in a 94-88 victory over Duke.
• March 24, 1979: Magic Johnson, Michigan State, NCAA Final Four vs. Penn
Johnson pushed the Spartans into the title game against Indiana State with a near-perfect performance in a 101-67 rout of Penn. He was 9-for-10 from the field and 11-for-12 from the foul line for 29 points, and he made it a triple-double with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Bird had 35 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists (albeit with 11 turnovers), lifting Indiana State into the finals with a two-point win over DePaul.
• March 28, 1981: Al Wood, North Carolina, Final Four vs. Virginia
Wood had 39 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-65 win, putting the Tar Heels into the championship game.
• March 14, 1987: Fennis Dembo, Wyoming, second round vs. UCLA
Wyoming isn't known for many great basketball moments, but Dembo put the school on the map with 41 points, nine rebounds and six assists in an upset win over UCLA. Dembo drained 16 straight free throws and made six 3-pointers, certifying his status in the state as a basketball legend.
• March 19, 1988: Chris Morris vs. Hersey Hawkins, Auburn vs. Bradley, NCAA first round
A duel between two stars ended with Auburn edging Bradley 90-86. Who was better? Hawkins had 44 points (15-for-25 from the field and 6-for-8 from 3-point range), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in the loss. His numbers were slightly better than those of Morris, who got the win and racked up 36 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
• March 4, 1989: Chris Jackson vs. Gerald Glass, LSU vs. Ole Miss
Jackson scored 55 and Glass scored 53 as Ole Miss topped LSU 113-112 in overtime. Their 108 combined points are the most ever by two players in an SEC game.
Fryer made an NCAA Tournament-record 11 3-pointers on 15 tries en route to 41 points as 11th-seeded Loyola Marymount upset third-seeded Michigan 149-115.
• March 19, 1992: Shaquille O'Neal, LSU, NCAA Tournament first round vs. BYU
O'Neal had a triple-double with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in a 94-83 win over BYU. The 11 blocked shots are an NCAA Tournament record.
• March 28, 1992: Christian Laettner, Duke, NCAA Elite Eight vs. Kentucky
Laettner had a perfect 30 points on 10-for-10 shooting from both the field and foul line, including the game-winning turnaround jumper at the buzzer to beat Kentucky and propel the defending champs to the Final Four.
• March 24, 1994: Askia Jones, Kansas State, NIT third round vs. Fresno State
Jones scored 62 points (second-most in postseason history), including 45 in the second half in a 115-77 win over Fresno State. He got most of his points from the 3-point line, as he made 14 trifectas in the contest.
• March 12, 1995: Randolph Childress, Wake Forest, ACC tournament championship game vs. UNC
Childress had 37 points, with 27 coming on nine 3-pointers. He also had all nine of Wake Forest's overtime points, and he scored the game-winner with 4.6 seconds to go to give the Demon Deacons an 82-80 overtime win over UNC in the ACC title game. Childress did all this while playing with a dislocated pinkie on his shooting hand.
• March 10, 1996: Victor Page, Georgetown, Big East championship game vs. UConn
Overshadowed by Ray Allen's last-second shot, Page set a tournament freshman record with 34 points. He also had nine rebounds as the Hoyas fell to the Huskies in a classic final matchup.
• March 8, 1997: Keith Van Horn, Utah, WAC championship game vs. TCU
Van Horn had 37 points and 15 rebounds to wrap up the WAC title for the third-ranked Utes. This came on the heels of back-to-back game-winning buzzer-beaters in his previous two contests in the WAC tournament.
• March 21, 1998: Andre Miller, Utah, NCAA Tournament Elite Eight vs. Arizona
Third-seeded Utah knocked off top-seeded Arizona via Miller's triple double. Miller had 18 points, 13 assists and 14 rebounds. Just for good measure, he added two steals and a blocked shot.
• March 27, 2003: Nick Collison, Kansas, NCAA Sweet 16 vs. Duke
Collison had 33 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks while playing all 40 minutes in a 69-65 win to knock Duke out of the NCAA Tournament.
• March 29, 2003: Dwyane Wade, Marquette, NCAA Elite Eight vs. Kentucky
Wade helped advance Marquette into the Final Four by upsetting Kentucky with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
• March 13, 2004: Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont, America East championship game vs. Maine
In his first game back from a broken wrist, Coppenrath scored 28 first-half points and finished the day with 43 points and 13 rebounds, as Vemont beat Maine to win the conference title and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
• March 18, 2004: Gerry McNamara, Syracuse, NCAA first round vs. BYU
In Syracuse's first game in defense of its national championship, McNamara had a school NCAA Tournament-record 43 points on 9-for-13 3-point shooting. "Gerry was as good as I have ever seen in college basketball," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said after the game.
• March 6, 2005: Sean May, North Carolina, vs. Duke
May had 26 points and 24 rebounds as North Carolina used an 11-0 game-ending run to beat Duke 75-73 and give the Tar Heels their first ACC regular-season title since 1993.
What are your Top 10 March moments? Vote here. And check back next Tuesday to see what Fran Fraschilla and Reggie Rankin listed as their Top 10 moments.
The 31 individual moments were compiled by ESPN researchers Mark Simon, Nick Loucks, Ryan McCrystal, Jeremy Lundblad, Tyler Korn, Chris Fallica, Mike Lynch and Jason McCallum.
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