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KVUE's all-time NCAA March Madness moments

These were the moments, on and off the court, that KVUE employees dubbed the most memorable of all-time.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: The video published above is about the biggest NCAA tournament upsets.

When someone asks you about your most memorable March Madness moments of all-time, what comes to mind? 

This was a discussion we had in the KVUE newsroom in light of the 2020 NCAA Tournament. 

These were the moments, on and off the court, that KVUE employees dubbed the most memorable of all-time.

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KVUE SPORTS DIRECTOR JEFF JONES

  • No. 16 seed UMBC beating No. 1 seed Virginia in 2018
  • Marcus Paige's double-clutch three leads to Kris Jenkins' game winner in 2016
  • Luke Maye shot vs. Kentucky in the Elite 8 in 2017
  • Auburn beating Kansas (Round of 32), UNC (Sweet 16), and Kentucky (Elite 8) in three-consecutive rounds – football school takes down the blue-bloods
  • Christian Laettner's shot against Kentucky to send Duke to the 1992 Final Four

SENIOR DIGITAL SPORTS PRODUCER PAUL LIVENGOOD

  • Kris Jenkins game-winner in the National Championship against UNC
  • "Survive and Advance:" Jim Valvano's North Carolina State upset over Houston
  • Stephen Curry's March Madness performance with Davidson
  • "The Shot" – Christian Laettner's sends Duke to the Final Four in 1992 with game-winner versus Kentucky
  • Florida Gulf Coast's "dunk city" cinderella run

KVUE SPORTS REPORTER JAKE GARCIA

  • UMBC beats Virginia in 2018: I had Virginia making it to the championship game. This was heartbreaking for my bracket, but the hilarious trolling that followed from the UMBC Twitter account made up for it.
  • Virginia wins the title in 2019: I doubled down on and picked Virginia to win it all, a year after they made history for all the wrong reasons. It was a rewarding feeling.
  • Kris Jenkins' buzzer-beater to beat North Carolina in 2016 National Championship: Had North Carolina winning it all that year. Marcus Paige almost won me a lot of bracket pools with his incredible shot. Instead, it goes down as the best shot no one remembers or cares about.
  • North Carolina beats Gonzaga in 2017 National Championship: Another case of me doubling down a year after heartbreak. Picked North Carolina to win it all, also picked Gonzaga to make it to the championship game. Made things even better that I got to cover the game, as I was living in Phoenix at the time.
  • Butler almost beats Duke in 2010 National Championship: I had nothing riding on this game from the standpoint of my bracket. Instead, I had a cause I was even more excited to support – my hatred for Duke. Of course, Butler didn't allow me to reach maximum happiness, but it's always a riveting experience when you can't stand one of the programs in action.

Here is a picture of me on the Duke campus when I was in seventh grade, wearing a North Carolina T-shirt.

Credit: Jake Garcia
Credit: Jake Garcia

KVUE REPORTER MARI SALAZAR

  • Texas Tech wins Final Four game against Michigan State to qualify for 2019 NCAA National Championship game

KVUE DIGITAL PRODUCER REBECCA FLORES

  • Final minute of 2016 championship game between UNC and Villanova
  • Texas A&M 12-point comeback in 45 seconds in 2017
  • Loyola Chicago Cinderella run
  • No.16 UMBC defeats No. 1 Virginia
  • Butler vs. Duke championship game

KVUE REPORTER TORI LARNED

  • Texas Tech definitely had a Cinderella run. Underrated throughout the season despite holding consistent standings in the AP Top 25, and then they go on and make it to the National Championship. That was pretty incredible and I've never seen such a determined team.

KVUE POLITICAL REPORTER ASHLEY GOUDEAU

  • I covered Baylor in 2010 when I was working at KCEN. The Sweet 16 was in Houston and Final Four was in San Antonio. 
Credit: Ashley Goudeau
Credit: Ashley Goudeau
Credit: Ashley Goudeau
Credit: Ashley Goudeau

KVUE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CHRISSY MAZZONE

I attended Southern Illinois University (SIU) from 2000 to 2004.  The team made the tournament in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

The team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2002.

SIU housed the local PBS affiliate – WSIU.  Professionals, along with student staffed crews, including myself, shot and broadcast many of the games of the regular season live. That required long road trips and cable runs.  I remember being so tied up in the game and too excited about the plays – that I didn’t do my job well – which was updating the score on screen.

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