The 1993 NCAA men's basketball tournament was played at the Superdome in New Orleans.
The biggest upset of the tournament was #15 seed Santa Clara shocking #2 Arizona in the opening round - though you might not be so shocked since Santa Clara's point guard was an all-time great.
I used to watch more college basketball back in the early '90s but I probably didn't watch a whole lot of this tournament since UConn wasn't in it. The Final Four teams in 1993 were nearly all top seeds:
#1 seed North Carolina, coached by the great Dean Smith and led by future NBA players Eric Montross and George Lynch
#2 seed Kansas, coached by Roy Williams and led by senior point guard Rex Walters (whom the Nets would draft that June)
#1 seed Kentucky, coached by Rick Pitino and led by future NBA star Jamal Mashburn
and #1 seed Michigan, coached by Steve Fisher and led by "Fab Five" sophomores Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, and Jalen Rose
In the championship, UNC defeated the Wolverines 77-71 in a game made infamous by Chris Webber calling a timeout when Michigan didn't have any remaining.
This year's Final Four is a little less "chalk" with #1 seeded Baylor going up against #2 Houston and undefeated Gonzaga facing #11 UCLA, which stunned #1 ranked Michigan in the Elite Eight.
On the Women's side, the 1993 NCAA championship was won by Sheryl Swoopes and Texas Tech in an 84-82 victory over Katie Smith and Ohio State.
This year's Final Four features #1 South Carolina vs. #1 seed Stanford and #3 Arizona going up against #1 seed UConn. The Huskies undoubtedly got a favorable call at the end of their 69-67 victory over Baylor, but there are several reasons why I don't feel bad for Baylor.
Are you watching this year's Final Four? Any favorite memories from past NCAA tournaments?
Thanks for reading!
p.s. this is one of my final four posts leading up to the 500th post celebration :-)