4. 2004 National Semifinal – Georgia Tech 67, Oklahoma State 65
Oklahoma State had trailed by as many as 12 in the second half to the Yellow Jackets, but Eddie Sutton’s Cowboys never gave up the fight. A late three-pointer by John Lucas tied the game up at 65 with 24 seconds left. As it looked like the game might be heading to overtime, Will Bynum was able to drive to the lane and kiss in a layup off the glass to give Georgia Tech a berth in the NCAA title game.
3. 2004 National Semifinal – UConn 79, Duke 78
Not to be outdone, the Huskies and the Blue Devils put on a show that same evening in 2004. Duke had the game all but wrapped up, holding an eight-point lead with 2:41 seconds remaining in the game. A furious 12-0 run by the Huskies and a late bucket by Emeka Okafor gave UConn the victory in one of the more entertaining Final Four games in history.
2. 2010 Championship game – Duke 61, Butler 59
The game had every feature of a Hollywood production. As it seemed everyone in the country was pulling for Butler (the hero) to take down the Blue Devils (the villain), the game turned into an all-time classic. Everyone held their breath as Gordon Hayward’s half-court heave left his hands and most cried when it bounced off the backboard and rim and Duke celebrated its fourth national title. Butler’s run to the championship will not soon be forgotten and is still considered one of the best in college sports.
1. 2008 Championship game – Kansas 75, Memphis 68 (OT)
A game that will make Memphis fans cringe and Kansas fans rejoice. Down by nine points with less than two minutes to go, the Jayhawks saw their chances of a national championship dwindling. Missed free throws by the Tigers kept Kansas in the game and a desperation three-point shot by Mario Chalmers as time ran down forced overtime in what should have been a decided contest. Kansas showed no mercy in the extra frame and outlasted Memphis to bring glory back to Phog Allen Fieldhouse.