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Around The Kilt

March 31, 2017

Every year March Madness has moments that make you jump out of your seat and wonder how it was even possible for that to happen. UNI hitting a half court buzzer beater last year to win a game was amazing and so was Butler making it to two straight NCAA championship games, but neither of those were my favorite March Madness moment. The best March Madness moment that I have experienced was in 2014 when the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats got upset by the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four. Every year Kentucky brings in a new group of “phenom freshman” and every year I cheer as hard as I can against them and their cheater of a coach John Calipari who has had two final four appearances stripped away from him due to NCAA violations. To see Wisconsin defeat Kentucky, who looked unstoppable, in an extremely close game to go to the championship game was amazing. The only thing that made it better was that I watched it with two of my friends who are Kentucky fans.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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My favorite moment in NCAA March Madness history was a simple choice for me. As a die-hard fan of the Fighting Illini, no game is more memorable for me than the 2005 Elite Eight showdown between Illinois and Arizona. Illinois was in the midst of a storybook season, which included a regular season record of 29-1. The tournament run had gone smoothly up until this game in which Illinois found itself down 15 points with 4 minutes remaining in the second half. With a minute remaining and Illinois still down 8 points, the Illini strung together a combination of forcing turnovers and taking advantage of the extra possessions to rally back and force overtime. In overtime the Illini defied the odds and capped off the remarkable comeback to clinch their first Final Four berth since 1989. It remains one of the greatest moments in the University of Illinois basketball history as well as NCAA tournament history.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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For many sports fans, the NCAA Tournament and March Madness is the most exciting time of the year. There have been countless memorable moments in the tournament, but my favorite March Madness moment occurred during the Northern Iowa- Texas A&M game last year. The Northern Iowa Panthers, an 11-seed in the tournament, were up 69-57 over the 3-seed Texas A&M Aggies with 35 seconds left in the game. The Panthers had a 99 percent chance of winning at this point in the game. Watching the game you would never think the Aggies had a chance to come back. However, the Panthers had incredible difficulty inbounding the ball and committed 4 turnovers, which allowed the Aggies to finish the game on a 14-2 run to send the game to overtime. The Aggies eventually won the game in double overtime 92-88, which was unbelievable considering the overwhelming odds against them with 35 seconds left in regulation.

Dustin Watts
Contributing Writer

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