If, in October 2012, you told the average college basketball fan that Louisville was going to win the national championship, most would have thought it a valid pick. Most except Kentucky's Big Blue Nation, of course, but that's another story.
Even if the Cardinals were considered a safe pick, though, one could have made some cash putting down a bet on Luke Hancock to win Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
After all, the 2012-13 Cardinals boasted household names like Peyton Siva, Gorgui Dieng or Russ Smith. How many expected the transfer from George Mason to produce enough to win an award recently given to greats like Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker or Kyle Singler?
Hancock may not go on to a productive NBA career, and there's no shame in that. After all, the 1990s didn't turn out a bumper crop of NBA stars among its MOP winners, either.
What the '90s did have among its tournament heroes was a collection of clutch players who proved their leadership abilities long before the spotlight was on them. Some of them are icons of the college game and some never really approached their tournament magic again.
Either way, all earned the right to call themselves champions.
Final Four statistics from Sports-Reference.com box scores.