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2. Bill Walton, UCLA

It may be the greatest one-game performance by a player in the history of the NCAA tournament. On March 26, 1973, Bill Walton scored 44 points on 21-of-22 shooting from the floor in UCLA's 87-66 win over Memphis (then known as Memphis State) in the national championship game. His performance led to the easiest and least controversial balloting in the history of the Most Outstanding Player award, and indeed the 1973 honor marked Walton's second consecutive year as the winner. Today, when you see Walton on a telecast explaining yet again that "It all starts in the paint," understand that he has good reason to believe it so. -- John Gasaway