* 1994: #9 Boston College vs #1 North Carolina (75-72 2nd Rnd)
The Eagles limped into the tournament having lost 3 of their last 4 games including a 23 point loss to Georgetown in the opening round of the Big East tournament. Meanwhile, the defending National Champion Tar Heels, led by HOF coach Dean Smith, were ranked in the top 5 throughout the year and had secured another #1 seed. Senior forward Bill Curley scored 10 of the last 11 points for Boston College as the Eagles ended the Tar Heels’ run of 13 consecutive appearances in the Sweet 16. Boston College would go on to beat Bobby Knight’s Indiana team to make it to the Elite Eight before losing to Florida in the Regional Final. The historic run matched a school record of an Elite Eight appearance, something they had only accomplished twice before (1967, 1982).
* 1995: #1 UCLA vs #8 Missouri (75-74 2nd Rnd)
With only 4.8 seconds left the Bruins were down by one point to the Tigers. UCLA in-bounded the ball to Tyus Edney who caught the ball in stride and sprinted up the court. A nifty behind-the-back dribble at mid-court to avoid a defender and finally a running right-handed lay-up over a Tiger big man. The shot banked off the backboard and fell through the net as the buzzer sounded. Missouri’s season and chance for an upset was over while UCLA survived to play another game. They would eventually win it all after beating reigning champion Arkansas 89-78. It was the 11th national championship for UCLA and the first (and only) national title for head coach Jim Harrick.