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2. Charles in charge

The lasting image of North Carolina State's upset of Houston in the 1983 national championship game is of coach Jim Valvano darting across the court with his hands raised after his team's 54-52 victory. None of it, though, would've occurred if not for Lorenzo Charles. As the final moments ticked away, Charles caught an errant 30-foot shot by Dereck Whittenburg near the rim and slammed the ball through the basket as time expired. NC State retired Charles' number in 2008. Charles died in a bus crash in 2011 at the age of 47. -- Jason King