Thursday, March 17, 2011

Unforgettable March Madness stars

It's time for another Ten in the Morning countdown. This time, we're counting down the players who will forever be remembered as, "Oh yeah, he's that March Madness guy."

These players helped make the NCAA tournament what it is today, and made the term "Cinderella" more than just a Disney character. Everyone has their favorite. Here's one man's list, from 10 to 1, with some players you will recognize and some you may not.

10. Olden Polynice: The year after Ralph Sampson graduated, "Life after Ralph" wasn't so bad, as Polynice, a journeyman NBA center in the 80s and 90s, led the Cavaliers to the 1984 Final Four.

9. Ali Farokhmanesh: You haven't forgot about him already, have you? Last season, Farokhmanesh's 3-pointers help Northern Iowa knock Kansas out of the tournament. 

8. Harold Jensen: Made big shot after big shot for Villanova when it shocked Georgetown to win the 1985 title.

7. Ken "Mouse" McFadden: This one is for you, Cleveland State fans.

6. Fennis Dembo: Averaged 27.8 points during the 1987 tournament for Wyoming during its run to the Sweet 16.

5. Roosevelt Chapman: This scoring machine led Dayton to the 1984 West Regional final against Georgetown as a No. 10 seed. Chapman scored 41 points against Oklahoma during that tournament.

4. Bryce Drew: Who can forget his 3-pointer at the buzzer to help Valpo beat Ole Miss in 1998?

3. Bo Kimble: Averaged 38.2 points for Loyola Marymount in four NCAA games during the 1990 tournament, but will always be remembered for his left-handed free throw in honor of his fallen teammate Hank Gathers.

2. Keith Smart: His baseline jumper with seconds remaining lifted Indiana to the 1987 title over Syracuse. Smart didn't do much after that, but did coach as an assistant with the Cavaliers for a while.

1. Harold Arceneaux: Scored 36 points for Weber State in a first-round upset of North Carolina in 1999, then 32 in a second-round loss to Florida. Had the name and the game March Madness fans will never forget.

- Mark Podolski


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