NCAA Tournament 2013: 50 Most Exciting Tournaments in March Madness History

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NCAA Tournament 2013: 50 Most Exciting Tournaments in March Madness History
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The NCAA Tournament is celebrating 75 years of March Madness in 2013.

In the spirit of that accomplishment, now is a good time to look back at the tournaments that have made this event one of the most anticipated sports events on every fan's calendar.

ESPN has already given us a list of the 75 best college basketball players in the history of the sport, and there's no doubt many of those athletes will be listed here for their efforts in making March Madness memorable for all of us.

For sports history junkies, the NCAA has also released a timeline feature for all 75 years of great shots, upsets and thrilling finishes—a tool that was heavily used in compiling this list of the 50 best tournaments heading into this year's 2013 tournament.

While this isn't a list of the most exciting tournament finals of all time, that's certainly a deciding factor in ranking each year collectively, and it will make some fans smile to look at the videos and plays that made those years special.

It isn't easy to put a label on 75 years of collectively great moments in sports history, and even harder to do so on a year-by-year basis. That being said—we're sure going to try.

We all remember Christian Laettner's shot in 1992, Lorenzo Charles' put-back dunk in 1983 and John Wooden's 10th and final championship, but where will those moments land in making the collective year an exciting one?

Click below to find out.

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