* 1988: #6 Kansas vs #2 Duke (66-59 Final Four)
The Kansas Jayhawks started the season ranked #7 in the nation but quickly fell after a couple of early season losses and dropped out entirely during a mid-season 4-game losing streak. The Jayhawks advanced to the Final Four after a string of victories and faced perennial powerhouse Duke who was riding an 8-game winning streak. It was a revenge win for Kansas who had lost to the Blue Devils a few weeks earlier. Kansas scored the first 14 points and led the entire game. They would go on to beat conference rival Oklahoma in the final game of the season and be crowned Champs despite an 11-loss season, the most ever by a National Champion.
* 1989: #14 Siena vs #3 Stanford (80-78 1st Rnd)
The Siena Saints earned their first appearance ever in the NCAA Tournament by going 16-1 in the NAC and winning their conference championship. Their first round opponent, Stanford, hadn’t been to the Big Dance in 47 years but the Cardinal were still heavily favored. It was a close game throughout with a pair of free throws in the final seconds being the difference maker. The Saints’ magic was short-lived as they lost their next game to #11 Minnesota 80-67.