25 Most Clutch Performances in NCAA Tournament History

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25 Most Clutch Performances in NCAA Tournament History
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A clutch performance in an NCAA tournament involves more than merely making a game-winning shot.

A big shot at the end of a game is certainly part of the equation. However, a player's overall contribution, not just an attention-grabbing moment, is what constitutes a clutch performance.

That's why game-winning shots by North Carolina State's Lorenzo Charles in 1983 or Indiana's Keith Smart in 1987 did not get them on this list. Even Mario Chalmers' game-tying three-pointer against Memphis in 2008 did not earn him a spot in our ranking of the top 25 most clutch performances in the NCAA tournament.

Our rankings are based on four criteria:

1. The significance of the game.

2. The quality of the opponent.

3. The player's impact on the game.

4. The level of pressure involved.

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