Danny Manning was already a superstar entering his senior season at Kansas. He was a two-time All-American selection and likewise had earned a pair of Big 8 Player of the Year awards. But it was what he did in his final six games that made him a legend.
Manning averaged 27.2 points per game in leading the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA championship, a feat made even more impressive by the 11 losses KU suffered during the season and its status as a mere No. 6 seed.
That said, was Manning's performance the most impressive single tournament run of the 1980s? After all, that was the decade that brought us multiple dances from Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon and impressive outings from Isiah Thomas and Darrell Griffith.
Let's take a look back over the tournament's lengthy history and shine a light on each decade's most dominant single-tournament performance.
Players from the era before a 32-team tournament needed to play in at least three games to qualify. Those from tournaments of 32 or more needed to make at least the regional finals.
Usually, the run ends with a championship...but not always.