Before Damien Lillard (pictured), there was Harold “The Show” Arceneaux.
And that leads us into our new feature here on Busting Brackets, as we take a look back at some of the greatest moments in the history of the NCAA tournament.
Believe it or not, we’re less than four weeks away from Selection Sunday on March 11, but the hunger for March Madness is already starting to set in for college basketball fans. We thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane, and with the help of YouTube, look at awesome moments that have taken place throughout the years that have made the NCAA tournament what it is today. Could be fun, huh?
This first selection is from the 1999 NCAA tournament which culminated in Richard Hamilton leading Connecticut over Duke in the championship game in St. Petersburg.
But one of the most memorable games of the tournament came in the first round between third-seeded North Carolina and the 14-seed, Weber State.
No one gave Weber State a shot to win this game. A traditional power like North Carolina going up against this team from the Big Sky? Absolutely zero chance of winning the game. I mean, why did they even play it?
But, they did what they did four years previous when they were the same seed and knocked off Michigan State in the 1995 NCAA tournament. The Wildcats beat the Tar Heels 76-74 behind 36 points from Arceneaux, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament.
They would go on to lose a tough overtime game to the Matt Bonner and Udonis Haslem-led Florida Gators in the second round.
Weber State hasn’t won a game in the Big Dance since that clash against the Tar Heels 13 years ago, but Wildcat fans are hoping that changes this season as Lillard leads the nation in scoring at 25.1 points per game and has led Weber State to a 20-4 record overall.
As for Arceneaux, he didn’t wind up playing in the NBA, but he’ll always be a player that is synonymous with the thrill and excitement of March Madness due to his breakout performance in 1999. Here’s a great piece on Arceneaux by ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil in 2009.
For those that don’t remember it (I’m sure UNC fans do), here’s the highlights:
What are your memories from Arceneaux’s performance against UNC in the 1999 NCAA tournament?