Ranking the Greatest Moments in the History of March Madness

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Ranking the Greatest Moments in the History of March Madness
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As part of this year’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the NCAA tournament, the NCAA has compiled a list of the Big Dance’s signature moments. The choices (and omissions) are bound to get fans talking. Starting in January, those fans will also have a chance to vote for their No. 1 moment from a field of 35.

The NCAA’s picks are nothing if not comprehensive, running from the very first tournament in 1939 to last March’s fireworks. The 2012 entry is one for the Cinderella ledger: the Day of the No. 15 Seeds, with Lehigh and Norfolk State scoring monster upsets within hours of each other.

Here is a look at all 35 of the NCAA’s selections, with an eye to ranking the best of the best. Which moments featured the highest stakes, the biggest surprises and the most impressive performances?

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