The Best Moments of the 2012 NCAA Tournament

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIMarch 13, 2013

The Best Moments of the 2012 NCAA Tournament

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    The 2012 NCAA tournament provided multiple moments of excitement.

    From unbelievable upsets to game-winners, last year provided moments college basketball fans will remember for a long time.

    If this year's February was any indication, March will be equally as exciting as it was in 2012.

    To get you ready for March Madness, here's a look at 10 of the most exciting moments from the 2012 tournament.

10. VCU Does It Again

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    Wichita State was widely considered to be a team that could make a lot of noise in the tournament.

    As a No. 5 seed, the Shockers had proven their worth throughout the year.

    It just didn't happen in the second round against VCU.

    The Rams made it to the Final Four in 2011 as a No. 11 seed and picked up where they left off to begin the 2012 tournament.

9. Rick Pitino Back in the Final Four...Again

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    Rick Pitino earned the distinction of being one of three coaches to take his team to the Final Four in four separate decades.

    The Cardinals played close games in all but the Sweet 16, and continually found ways to win.

8. Indiana Avoids Upset Against VCU

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    In one of the more exciting games of the tournament, VCU almost pulled off its second-straight upset of the tournament as it took Indiana down to the wire.

    The Hoosiers held the Rams to four points over the final 12 minutes of the game as Will Sheehey hit a jumper with time winding down for the win.

7. UNC-Asheville Almost Pulls Monumental Upset

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    UNC-Asheville almost pulled the first upset in men's tournament history involving a No. 16 seed against a No. 1 seed.

    The Orange found out days earlier Fab Melo wasn't eligible and UNC-Asheville looked as if it would take advantage.

    Sadly, the Bulldogs had more going against them than a No. 1 seed.

6. BYU Comes Back from 25 Points Down

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    BYU pulled off one of the most incredible feats of the 2012 tournament.

    Down by 25 in the first half against Iona, the Cougars pulled off the largest comeback in NCAA tournament history.

5. Ohio Surprises Many

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    Ohio upset Michigan in the second round, then beat South Florida in the third round.

    In the Sweet 16, the Bobcats almost pulled off another upset as they took North Carolina to overtime.

    The No. 13-seeded Bobcats were the lowest seed remaining heading into the second weekend of the tournament.

4. Kentucky-Indiana Play in Another Instant Classic

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    As if their regular-season matchup wasn't enough, Kentucky and Indiana had another classic matchup in the tournament.

    The teams met in the regular season when Indiana won on a last-second shot by Christian Watford.

    This time, the Wildcats came out on top in the Sweet 16, 102-90.

3. Duke Loses to Lehigh

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    For the third time in school history, Duke lost in its first game of the NCAA tournament.

    However, a loss to a No. 15 seed is something the Blue Devils never experienced before.

    Lehigh outscored Duke 47-40 in the second half as Blue Devil players could only sit and watch as Lehigh celebrated.

2. Freshmen Lead Kentucky to National Title

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    Freshmen don't know how to play defense.

    Well, apparently they do.

    John Calipari not only won his first NCAA title, but the Kentucky freshmen led by Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist showed they could play good defense en route to a title.

1. Norfolk State Upsets Missouri

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    Norfolk State's upset over Missouri has to go down as the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history when it won 86-84.

    Missouri had an RPI rating of 12, while Norfolk State was ranked 119.

    They had no business staying with Missouri. But, they did.