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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Top moments on road to Final Four

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

This year's run to the Final Four has had so many memories already.

I have already called this one of the most amazing seasons in all of my years calling games for ESPN. The regular season had so much emotion and passion, with great contests like the five-overtime thriller between Louisville and Notre Dame.

Let's look back at the big dance so far with 12 moments and storylines to remember, in no particular order. You know that there will be more excitement as we get to crown a champion in Atlanta.

Florida Gulf Coast makes the Sweet 16
The Eagles were the first team to accomplish that feat, making Andy Enfield a household name to hoop lovers everywhere. Their style of play was exciting, unless you were Georgetown or San Diego State.

Wichita State makes the Final Four
The Shockers came in as a No. 9 seed, but Gregg Marshall's team got hot at the right time. The victory over Gonzaga and the win over Ohio State would battle for the best moment, so let's just settle on the entire run as memorable.

Harvard stuns New Mexico
It was the first tournament win ever for the Crimson. The Lobos were Mountain West regular season and tournament champions.

Marquette's comeback against Davidson
Buzz Williams' team looked dead until Vander Blue and Jamil Wilson would not let them lose. A bad pass in the final moments aided the rally as Blue hit the winning layup.

Syracuse stuns Indiana
The Orange ended the hopes and dreams of the Hoosiers, though Tom Crean's team had a magical season.

Oregon's great run
The Ducks should not have been a No. 12 seed. Just ask Oklahoma State and Saint Louis.

Michigan's comeback against Kansas
Trey Burke was shut out of the scoring column in the first half, but he put up 23 big points in the second half and overtime. The Jayhawks had the game in hand until the Wolverines made a terrific charge, including Burke's game-tying trifecta late in regulation.

Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross provide heroics for Buckeyes
Craft hit the key three against Iowa State, and made the pass to Ross for the winning trifecta against Arizona.

Khalif Wyatt of Temple makes noise
He played well, though the Owls eventually fell to Indiana.

Disappointing end for NC State
The Wolfpack was the preseason favorite in the ACC and a top-10 team. Mark Gottfried's team came back from a huge deficit against Temple but fell short.

Southern pushing Gonzaga
A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1, but this game was in doubt until the final few minutes. Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos hit late 3-pointers to secure the W.

NC A&T edges Liberty by one
We did not have many close calls early on. This game, in the first four, was tight.