Ahh... who can forget George Mason. After winning a school record 23 games into the regualar season, head coach Jim Larranaga's Patriots came into the NCAA Tournament not really knowing what to expect. Nobody, probably not even them, could predict what lay ahead. They didn't win their conference tournament, but snatched up an at-large bid.
George Mason entered the tournament as an 11 seed and first captured America's attention by beating sixth seeded Michigan State in the first round. In the next round they captured America's hearts by coming back to beat third seeded North Carolina in the second round.
In the sweet sixteen they beat fellow mid-major Witchita State. Then they beat one seed Connecticut in one of the biggest upsets ever in the NCAA Tournament.
Shortly afterward, the Patriots lost to eventual National Champion Florida in the Final Four, but their amazing Final Four run will always be remembered as one of the greatest Cinderella stories any sport has ever seen.