NCAA Tournament 2012: 5 Most Impressive Moments Thus Far

Roberto PayneContributor IMarch 25, 2012

NCAA Tournament 2012: 5 Most Impressive Moments Thus Far

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    March Madness is approaching its final two rounds, and it's been a special tournament so far.

    From unbelievable upsets to controversial calls to dominating performances, this March Madness has been unique. The crazy thing is the best is still yet to come. Read on for the five most impressive moments of March Madness so far.

Louisville Making It to the Final Four

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    Alright, who called this one? The Louisville Cardinals have shocked the West region to advance to the Final Four. Along the way they took down No. 13 Davidson, No. 5 New Mexico, No. 1 Michigan State and No. 7 Florida.

    Louisville has played remarkable team basketball so far, and don't look to be slowing down anytime soon. They're going to have a couple days to celebrate, as their next game will be by far their toughest. They will play the winner of Kentucky vs. Baylor.

The Rise of the No. 15 Seeds

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    The round of 64 provided two of the bigger upsets in recent March Madness history. No. 15 Norfolk State started off the destruction of brackets when they beat No. 2 Missouri, 86-84.

    Then just when the early exit of Missouri was starting to sink in, No. 15 Lehigh goes on to beat No. 2 Duke 75-70 in an even more shocking upset.

    A very, very slim amount of America predicted these upsets, and nearly all brackets had damage done. Personally, I had Missouri going to the Final Four and Duke going to the Sweet 16. Needless to say I wasn't thrilled, but that's why this is called March Madness.

Draymond Green's Second-Round Triple-Double

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    Draymond Green of Michigan State started out the tournament with a bang, as he posted a triple-double in the second-round game against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds.

    Green posted 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in an easy win for the Spartans. A triple-double is impressive enough as it is, but it's definitely magnified in the postseason.

NC State's Lorenzo Brown and His Near Triple-Double

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    The No. 11 North Carolina State Wolfpack came in to the second-round game against the No. 6 San Diego Aztecs as the underdogs. Lorenzo Brown made sure his team didn't go home early.

    Brown posted 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the big win against the Aztecs. Without Brown's big-time performance, the Aztecs would have won and we wouldn't have been treated to the entertaining game between NC State and No. 2 Kansas in the Sweet 16.

No. 13 Ohio Challenging No. 1 North Carolina in the Sweet 16

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    Ohio started off March Madness beating No. 4 Michigan in the second round and No. 12 University of South Florida in the third round. They set up a matchup with No. 1 seed North Carolina and didn't disappoint.

    Ohio took North Carolina to OT in impressive fashion, but Tyler Zeller had a 20-point and 22-rebound game, as UNC proved to be too much in OT.

    Regardless of the defeat, it sure was cool to see the Ohio Bobcats hang with the mighty UNC Tar Heels until the buzzer sounded.