Story by Brian Burnsed with reporting from Greg Johnson
Bryce Drew, Christian Laettner, Arike Ogunbowale, Kris Jenkins — all are names etched into March Madness lore. Their buzzer-beating shots will be replayed in montages and documentaries for decades to come. Their legacies are fixed on lists of the greatest moments in sports.
But what about their peers in the other NCAA championships, whose achievements were just as spectacular but created less spectacle?
NCAA Champion magazine catalogs the best of the rest. We started by setting the ground rules: No Division I men's and women's basketball, where feats are well-chronicled. The contest must have occurred during an NCAA championship, in any round. Only sports with an NCAA championship could be considered. (Sorry, Football Bowl Subdivision.) And for the sake of equity (and our sanity), we looked back only as far as 1982, when the NCAA began conducting women's championships.
Did they miss any? Quite possibly, despite scouring the archives and enlisting the help of college athletics' yeomen, sports information directors, to unearth hidden gems, close finishes, team efforts and, yes, buzzer-beaters.
The Mount Union 4x400 meter relay team headlines the article and will be featured on the cover of the magazine when it is released on newsstands this April.