Buster 1990 & 1991

1990

* 1990: #11 Loyola Marymount vs #3 Michigan (149-115 2nd Rnd)

The heavyhearted Lions were less than a month removed from the tragic death of star Hank Gathers, who collapsed in game during the WCC tournament due to a heart condition. The Wolverines were the defending national champion led by head coach Steve Fisher. The two teams combined to score 264 points (the record for the highest-scoring game in NCAA tournament history). Bo Kimble, the nation’s leading scorer, had 37 points but was out done by teammate Jeff Fryer who scored 41 points and was 11-15 from behind the arch. Loyola Marymount would go on the beat Alabama in the Sweet Sixteen before losing to eventual champion UNLV in the regional final.


 

1991

* 1991: #15 Richmond vs #2 Syracuse (73-69 1st Rnd)

For the Spiders head coach Dick Tarrant, busting brackets was nothing new. In 1984 his team (#12 seed) knocked off #5 Auburn (led by Charles Barkley) and in 1988 his squad (#13 seed) orchestrated an opening round  win against defending national champion Indiana then followed it up with a victory over Georgia Tech to became the first #13 seed to make the Sweet 16. With their victory over Syracuse and Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Richmond became the first #15 seed to beat a #2 seed. However, this Cinderella team left the dance early after losing their next game to Temple.