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Avoid Sports Withdrawals: Vintage College Basketball NCAA Tournament Games on YouTube

Posted on March 22, 2020 by Dean Hybl

As we all continue to get used to the “new (and hopefully temporary) normal”, lack of live sports has likely been one of the things mostly missed in the evenings. Instead of unwinding while watching an NHL or NBA game or catching up on March Madness, the evenings has become a time for Law & Order SVU reruns and watching the same shows over and over on HGTV.

Fortunately, YouTube is home to a plethora of vintage sporting events that can help pass the time before live sports return.

In part two of a multi-part series, Sports Then and Now has selected 10 college basketball NCAA Tournament games that include some of the all-time moments and players in college basketball history. In part one we selected great conference tournament games and you can check those out through this link.

In this edition, we have chosen 10 games from the first two weeks of the NCAA Tournament, so these are games up through the Regional Finals. For each one we have included the records, rankings, coaches and notable players at the time of the game, but are not spoiling the game with a summary in case you don’t remember the outcome and want to enjoy the moment without spoilers.

Michael Jordan and the UNC Tar Heels faced Villanova in the 1982 NCAA Regional Finals.

Among the players you can check out during their college days are all-time greats Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Stephen Curry, James Worthy and Sam Perkins. You can also watch some great upsets and last minute heroics.

There are certainly other great games to watch on YouTube, but we have chosen these party because the entire game is available on YouTube and the game epitomized the excitement of March Madness.


2008 Second Round – #10 Davidson vs. #2 Georgetown

Records Entering Game: Davidson 27-6; Georgetown 28-5

National Ranking: Davidson: #23; Georgetown:

Coaches: Davidson:  Bob McKillop; Georgetown: John Thompson, Jr.

Notable Players: Davidson: Stephen Curry, Jason Richards, Thomas Sander; Georgetown: Roy Hibbert, DaJuan Summers, Jonathan Wallace

2006 Regional Finals – #11 George Mason vs. #1 University of Connecticut

Records Entering Game: George Mason: 26-7; Connecticut: 30-3

National Ranking: George Mason: not ranked; Connecticut: #1

Coaches: George Mason: Jim Larranaga; Connecticut: Jim Calhoun

Notable Players: George Mason: Jai Lewis, Tony Skinn, Lamar Butler; Connecticut: Rudy Gay, Rashad Anderson, Josh Boone, Hilton Armstrong

1982 Regional Final – #3 Villanova vs. #1 North Carolina

Records Entering Game: Villanova: 24-7; North Carolina 29-2

National Ranking: Villanova: not ranked; North Carolina #1

Coaches: Villanova: Rollie Massimino; North Carolina: Dean Smith

Notable Players: Villanova: John Pinone, Ed Pickney, Stewart Granger, Dwayne McClain; North Carolina: Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Jimmy Black

1979 Regional Final – #2 Arkansas vs. #1 Indiana State

Records Entering Game: Arkansas: 25-4; Indiana State: 31-0

National Ranking: Arkansas: #7; Indiana State: #1

Coaches: Arkansas: Eddie Sutton; Indiana State: Bill Hodges

Notable Players: Arkansas: Sidney Moncrief, U.S. Reed, Steve Schall, Scott Hastings; Indiana State: Larry Bird, Carl Nicks, Alex Gilbert, Bob Heaton

1990 Second Round – #11 Loyola-Marymount vs. #3 University of Michigan

Records Entering Game: Loyola-Marymount: ; Michigan: 23-7

National Ranking: Loyola-Marymount: #21; Michigan: #13

Coaches: Loyola-Marymount: Paul Westhead; Michigan: Steve Fisher

Notable Players: Loyola-Marymount: Bo Kimble, Jeff Fryer, Terrell Lowery; Michigan: Rumeal Robinson, Terry Mills, Loy Vaught, Sean Higgins, Eric Riley

2018 First Round #16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County vs. #1 University of Virginia

Records Entering Game: Virginia: 31-2; UMBC 24-10

National Ranking: Virginia #1; UMBC unranked

Coaches: UVA: Tony Bennett; UMBC: Ryan Odom

Notable Players: UVA: Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, Devon Hall, Isaiah Wilkins; UMBC: K.J. Maura, Jairus Lyle, Arkel Lamar, Joe Sherburne

1988 First Round – #13 University of Richmond vs. #4 Indiana University

Records Entering Game: Richmond: 24-6; Indiana: 19-9

National Ranking: Richmond: not ranked; Indiana: not ranked

Coaches: Richmond: Dick Tarrant; Indiana: Bobby Knight

Notable Players: Richmond: Peter Woolfolk, Rodney Rice, Ken Atkinson; Indiana: Dean Garrett, Keith Smart, Jay Edwards, Rick Calloway

1983 Second Round – #3 UNLV vs. #6 N.C. State

Records Entering Game: UNLV: 28-2; N.C. State: 20-10

National Ranking: UNLV: ; N.C. State: not ranked

Coaches: UNLV:Jerry Tarkanian ; N.C. State: Jim Valvano

Notable Players: UNLV: Sidney Green, Larry Anderson, Jerry Booker ; N.C. State: Thurl Bailey, Sidney Low, Dereck Whittenburg, Lorenzo Charles, Terry Gannon

1998 First Round – #13 Valparaiso vs. #4 Ole Miss

Records Entering Game: Valparaiso: 21-9; Ole Miss: 22-6

National Ranking: Valparaiso: not ranked; Ole Miss: #10

Coaches: Valparaiso: Homer Drew; Ole Miss: Rob Evans

Notable Players: Valparaiso: Bryce Drew, Zoran Viskovic, Bill Jenkins; Ole Miss: Ansu Sesay, Keith Carter, Joezon Darby

2013 Regional Final – #9 Wichita State vs. #2 Ohio State

Records Entering Game: Wichita State 29-8; Ohio State 29-7

National Ranking: Wichita State: not ranked; Ohio State: #7

Coaches: Wichita State: Gregg Marshall; Ohio State: Thad Matta

Notable Players: Wichita State: Cleanthony Early, Malcolm Alstead, Carl Hall, Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker; Ohio State: DeShaun Thomas, Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith

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