2. No. 6 NC State Defeats Heavily Favored No. 1 Houston in the Final (1983)
The ’83 Wolfpack, nicknamed the “Cardiac Pack,” put together one of the most thrilling, memorable championship rides in NCAA history, pulling off upset after upset in a series of nail-biting games that spanned the end of their regular season all the way to the championship. They then went on to face a top-seeded Houston team stacked with two eventual NBA Hall of Famers, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. NC State pulled out one last monstrous upset against Houston, coming away with a 54-52 win thanks to an epic, buzzer-beating dunk by Lorenzo Charles on what appeared to be a long-shot-turned-alley-oop from teammate Dereck Whittenburg. It was undoubtedly one of the best moments in tournament history and you can certainly expect to see it time and again on highlight reels during March Madness coverage.