The beauty of a single-elimination tournament like March Madness is that one improbable game or one amazing play can send even the most heavily favored team home for the summer. When an entire season can turn on one shot, the most important moments are often the ones that have no business happening.
The latest addition to March’s All-Implausible team is Florida Gulf Coast, which last year set a new standard for success by a No. 15 seed. For 34 games, Georgetown and San Diego State were clearly better teams than the Eagles, but for one game each when it counted, Brett Comer and FGCU could still outrun and outjump the favorites to achieve postseason immortality.
Herein, a closer look at the little 15th seed that could, along with 19 other teams, games and plays that amazed college basketball fans around the country.