For the first time, the NCAA on Tuesday named the top 75 All-Time March Madness Players, 25 All-Time March Madness Teams and 35 All-Time Madness Moments as part of the season-long celebration of 75 Years of March Madness.

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Starting in early January at www.NCAA.com/MarchMadness, fans will vote to help determine the top 15 All-Time March Madness Players, the single best All-Time March Madness Team, and the single best All-Time March Madness Moment in NCAA tournament history. These honorees will be introduced at this year’s 2013 Men’s Final Four in Atlanta. Status on the voting throughout the year will be available on NCAA’s March Madness Facebook page and Twitter under the hashtag #MM75.

“Over the 75 years, the basketball championship has grown from a small eight-team tournament to one of the world’s most popular sporting events,” said Dan Gavitt, vice president of men’s basketball championships. “To honor the growth of our sport, we are celebrating past players, teams and moments that have helped turn March Madness into one of the year’s most anticipated sporting events. We invite all NCAA basketball fans -- both new and loyal -- to take a stroll down memory lane. And of course, we encourage friendly debate among fans around all their favorites.”

From a pool of more than 100 former players, NCAA staff analyzed statistical data compiled exclusively from performances in NCAA tournament games [e.g., points, rebounds, field goals, free throws, 3-pointers (since 1987), assists, steals, blocks] to determine the 75 player finalists.

The lists were compiled and researched by the NCAA’s basketball and statistics staffs, which consulted with the NCAA’s media partners and selected members of the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Additionally, CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com, in conjunction with the NCAA, will air original programming commemorating 75 years of March Madness featuring many of the great players, teams and moments in the tournament’s history.

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TOP 75 PLAYERS
POS. NAME SCHOOL TOURNEY YEARS MOP
G Ken Sailors Wyoming 1941, 1943 1943
C Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M * 1945-1946 1946
G Arnie Ferrin Utah 1944 1944
F George Kaftan Holy Cross 1947-1948 1947
F Clyde Lovellette Kansas 1952 1952
C Bill Russell San Francisco 1955-1956 1955
F Lennie Rosenbluth North Carolina 1957  
C Wilt Chamberlain Kansas 1957 1957
F Elgin Baylor Seattle 1958 1958
C Darrall Imhoff California 1958-1960  
G Oscar Robertson Cincinnati 1958-1960  
G Jerry West West Virginia 1958-1960 1959
C Paul Hogue Cincinnati 1960-1962 1962
F Jerry Lucas Ohio State 1960-1962 1960-61
G Tom Thacker Cincinnati 1961-1963  
G Walt Hazzard UCLA 1962-1964 1964
F Bill Bradley Princeton 1963-1965 1965
G Gail Goodrich UCLA 1963-1965  
C Elvin Hayes Houston 1966-1968  
G Bobby Joe Hill Texas Western ** 1966  
C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar UCLA 1967-1969 1967-69
C Dan Issel Kentucky 1968-1970  
G Austin Carr Notre Dame 1969-1971  
F Sidney Wicks UCLA 1969-1971 1970
C Artis Gilmore Jacksonville 1970-1971  
C Bill Walton UCLA 1972-1974 1972-73
F Jamaal Wilkes UCLA 1972-1974  
F David Thompson NC State 1974 1974
F Scott May Indiana 1975-1976  
C Kent Benson Indiana 1975-1976 1976
G Butch Lee Marquette 1975-1978 1977
F Jack Givens Kentucky 1975, 1977-1978 1978
F Larry Bird Indiana State 1979  
G Darrell Griffith Louisville 1977-1980 1980
G Earvin "Magic" Johnson Michigan State 1978-1979 1979
G Isiah Thomas Indiana 1980-1981 1981
C Ralph Sampson Virginia 1980-1983  
F James Worthy North Carolina 1981-1982 1982
G Clyde Drexler Houston 1981-1983  
G Michael Jordan North Carolina 1982-1984  
C Hakeem Olajuwon Houston 1982-1984 1983
C Patrick Ewing Georgetown 1982-1985 1984
F Chris Mullin St. John's 1982-1985  
F Ed Pinckney Villanova 1982-1985 1985
G Johnny Dawkins Duke 1984-1986  
G Steve Alford Indiana 1984-1987  
C David Robinson Navy 1985-1987  
F Danny Manning Kansas 1985-1988 1988
F Sean Elliott Arizona 1986-1989  
F Danny Ferry Duke 1986-1989  
F Glen Rice Michigan 1986-1989 1989
C Pervis Ellison Louisville 1986, 1988-1989 1986
G Keith Smart Indiana 1987-1988 1987
G Stacey Augmon UNLV 1988-1991  
F Christian Laettner Duke 1989-1992 1991
G Kenny Anderson Georgia Tech 1990-1991  
F Larry Johnson UNLV 1990-1991  
G Bobby Hurley Duke 1990-1993 1992
F Grant Hill Duke 1991-1994  
F Corliss Williamson Arkansas 1993-1995 1994
G Tony Delk Kentucky 1993-1996 1996
F Antawn Jamison North Carolina 1996-1998  
G Miles Simon Arizona 1995-1998 1997
G Richard Hamilton Connecticut 1998-1999 1999
G Mateen Cleaves Michigan State 1998-2000 2000
F Shane Battier Duke 1998-2001 2001
G Juan Dixon Maryland 1999-2002 2002
C Emeka Okafor Connecticut 2002-2005 2004
F Carmelo Anthony Syracuse 2003 2003
C Sean May North Carolina 2004-2005 2005
C Joakim Noah Florida 2005-2007 2006
F Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina 2006-2009  
G Shelvin Mack Butler 2009-2011  
G Kemba Walker Connecticut 2009, 2011 2011
C Anthony Davis Kentucky 2012 2012
* -- now known as Oklahoma State  |  ** -- now known as UTEP

 

TOP 25 TEAMS
YEAR/TEAM COACH W-L NOTES
1946-47 Holy Cross Doggie Julian 27-3 Team featured George Kaftan, Joe Mullaney and freshman guard Bob Cousy.
1951-52 Kansas Phog Allen 28-3 Clyde Lovellette led nation in scoring, then led Jayhawks to national title. He is the only person to ever accomplish that.
1955-56 San Francisco Phil Woolpert 29-0 Team ended up winning a total of 55 games in a row across a couple of seasons. San Francisco won two consecutive titles behind a punishing defense led by Bill Russell.
1956-57 North Carolina Frank McGuire 32-0 A veteran lineup led by star forward Lennie Rosenbluth, who averaged 28 points. UNC finished the season a perfect 32-0.
1959-60 Ohio State Fred Taylor 25-3 The Buckeyes steamrolled through the NCAA tournament by an average of 19.5 points a game.
1966-67 UCLA John Wooden 30-0 This was the season Lew Alcindor, later to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, debuted on to the college basketball scene.
1967-68 UCLA John Wooden 29-1 Wooden called this his best UCLA team.
1968-69 UCLA John Wooden 29-1 Alcindor's/Jabbar's senior season; capped his career with 37 points and 20 rebounds in title game.
1971-72 UCLA John Wooden 30-0 Sophomore Bill Walton lived up to his advance billing, leading the Bruins to a 30-0 record and the national championship while averaging a double-double (21.1 PPG, 15.5 RPG).
1972-73 UCLA John Wooden 30-0 Capped the Bruins' run of seven consecutive titles; Walton makes 21 of 22 field goals on the way to scoring 44 points in title game.
1973-74 NC State Norm Sloan 30-1 Ended UCLA's run of seven titles
1975-76 Indiana Bobby Knight 32-0 Most recent unbeaten team.
1978-79 Michigan State Jud Heathcote 26-6 Defeated Indiana State in title game (this was Bird vs. Magic).
1979-80 Louisville Denny Crum 33-3 Unbeaten in conference play. Won two overtime games in tournament.
1981-82 North Carolina Dean Smith 32-2 James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Michael Jordan.
1983-84 Georgetown John Thompson 34-3 Patrick Ewing-led squad downed Houston for national title.
1989-90 UNLV Jerry Tarkanian 35-5 Three first-round NBA draft picks.
1991-92 Duke Mike Krzyzewski 34-2 The Laettner Team.
1992-93 North Carolina Dean Smith 34-4 The national title game was a see-saw battle throughout, but is remembered best for Chris Webber's timeout call with seconds left when Michigan didn't have any.
1995-96 Kentucky Rick Pitino 34-2 Also known as "The Untouchables," nine players from the 95-96 team eventually played in the NBA.
1996-97 Arizona Lute Olson 25-9 Only team to defeat three No. 1 seeds on the road to the national championship.
2003-04 Connecticut Jim Calhoun 33-6 Featured Ben Gordon and imposing frontcourt led by Emeka Okafor.
2006-07 Florida Billy Donovan 35-5 Second of back-to-back national titles.
2008-09 North Carolina Roy Williams 34-4 Won all six tournament games by double digits, by an average of 20.2 points per game.
2011-12 Kentucky John Calipari 38-2 16-0 in SEC play; 19-0 at home; third consecutive NCAA tournament; 344 blocks is the most in NCAA single season history.

 

TOP 35 MOMENTS
YEAR MOMENT NOTES
1939 Oregon wins first NCAA tournament Ducks defeat Ohio State at Patten Gymnasium on the campus of Northwestern University to claim the NCAA's first national championship.
1963 Loyola (Ill.) vs. Mississippi State The "Game of Change" only occurred because Mississippi State defied a governor that did not want the team playing against a Loyola team that included four African-American starters.
1966 A win for Civil Rights Texas Western’s 72-65 victory against Kentucky was a win for the school and the Civil Rights Movement.
1973 Walton leads Bruins to title Bill Walton's line in the 1973 title game is truly unbelievable. He was 21 of 22 from the field with 44 points and 13 rebounds.
1974 N.C. State ends UCLA's run The Bruins had won seven titles in a row and was looking for No. 8. However, NC State, behind AP Player of the Year David Thompson, ended the Bruins’ reign with an 80-77 overtime win in the national semifinal. The Wolfpack went on to win the title.
1975 Wooden goes out with 10th title After a Final Four win against Louisville, and at age 65, John Wooden announced his retirement during the postgame press conference. Two days later, the Bruins outran Kentucky 92-85 for his 10th crown.
1976 Indiana wins the title -- perfectly Since Bob Knight's Hoosiers won the title 36 years ago, only two teams have even entered the NCAA tournament unbeaten, let alone won the whole thing.
1977 Marquette's McGuire goes out on top McGuire’s Warriors needed a last-second shot off a full-court pass to get by UNC-Charlotte in the Final Four before upending Dean Smith’s Tar Heels in the final.
1979 Magic vs. Bird Michigan State’s win against unbeaten Indiana State remains the highest-rated game in college basketball history -- and it ushered in a new era in basketball.
1981 Ainge's full-court drive leads BYU last-second win BYU was down a point with eight seconds left in the East semifinals. Ainge took the inbound, dribbled behind his back between two defenders and hit a layup with two seconds left.
1981 U.S. Reed, Rolando Blackman and John Smith First, Reed hits a halfcourt shot to lift Arkansas past defending champion Louisville. Moments later, Blackman drains a jumper at the buzzer to give Kansas State a victory against top-seeded Oregon State. And right after that, Smith converts a layup as St. Joseph's stuns No. 1 DePaul. NBC's cut-around coverage allowed viewers to see all three finishes and people recognize that day as the birth of March Madness.
1982 Jordan hits game-winner to lead North Carolina Freshman Michael Jordan swished a 16-foot jumper from the left wing for a late lead in the title game, but Georgetown had enough time to set up a game-winner of its own. Yet Fred Brown mistook teammate Eric Floyd for UNC’s James Worthy, who dribbled out the clock on an improbable finish.
1983 NC State's last second win against Houston Lorenzo Charles dunked NC State into the record books -- and Jim Valvano into coaching royalty -- after Dereck Whittenburg launched a shot that fell about a foot short.
1985 Andre Turner: Twice a hero Memphis' Andre Turner willed the Tigers into the 1985 Final Four with game-winning shots in the second round (against UAB 67-66 in overtime), and again in the regional semifinals (59-57 against Boston College).
1985 Villanova upsets Georgetown Villanova, an eight seed, shoots 22 of 28, 78 percent from the field -- still a championship game record -- and beats heavily favored Georgetown in the title game.
1987 Indiana's Smart shocks Syracuse In the same year the movie Hoosiers came out, Indiana Hoosier Keith Smart scored 12 of his team's final 15 points, including a 16-footer in the final seconds, as Indiana shocked Syracuse in the national final.
1989 Rumeal Robinson seals Michigan victory Robinson sure wasn't automatic from the foul line during the regular season, but he hit a pair of free throws with no time left on the clock to give Michigan the national title.
1990 Loyola Marymount's Bo Kimble shoots lefty Bo Kimble shot his first free throw during each of the Lions’ three NCAA tourney games left-handed in honor of Hank Gathers.
1990 UConn's Tate George beats Clemson in final seconds No. 1 seed Connecticut trailed 70-69 in the East Region semifinals -- blowing a 19-point second-half lead -- when Scott Burrell launched a 94-foot pass to Tate George. George sunk a 16-foot jumper to give UConn an improbable victory.
1990 Laettner…before the Kentucky game Two days after Connecticut eliminated Clemson with a jumper at the buzzer, the Huskies got a taste of their own medicine when Laettner hit a shot as the horn sounded, putting Duke into the Final Four.
1991 Duke upsets UNLV UNLV entered the Final Four 34-0 and faced Duke, a team the Runnin' Rebels beat by 30 in the 1990 final. Duke pulled off the upset 79-77 and went on to win its first national title.
1991 Richmond makes history Six No. 15 seeds have won NCAA tournament games, but the Spiders were the first, pulling an improbable 73-69 win against second-seeded Syracuse.
1992 Laettner hits last-second shot against Kentucky In the East Regional final, Duke’s Grant Hill hurls a three-quarters court pass to Christian Laettner, who catches it at the free-throw line. He takes one dribble to his right, spins left and shoots just before time expires.
1995 Tyus Edney saves UCLA Since Missouri didn't double-team Edney, he was able to take the inbounds pass at full speed with his team down one with just under five ticks left in the second-round. Edney's speed saved UCLA's run to its 11th national title.
1996 Mile High Madness: Syracuse beats Georgia in OT In a Sweet 16 game in Denver that featured both teams blowing double-digit leads and a buzzer-beating jumper by Syracuse's Jason Cipolla that forced overtime, the true Madness came with three lead changes in the final 15 seconds of overtime. John Wallace's layup gave the Orangemen an 80-78 lead, but Pertha Robinson answered with a three-pointer to put the Bulldogs back in front 81-80. But Wallace had the last say, drilling a 3-pointer from the top of the key with three seconds left to continue Syracuse's road that eventually ended in the national championship game loss to Kentucky.
1998 The Bryce Drew shot -- Valpo upsets Ole Miss Jamie Sykes floated a pass to Bill Jenkins, who caught it and passed to Bryce Drew in one motion. Drew, then hit the game-winning 3.
1998 Rip rips the hearts out of the Washington Huskies The third time was a charm as Connecticut got three shots off in the final eight seconds of a regional semifinal, with the final one from Richard Hamilton being true, lifting the Huskies against Washington 75-74.
1999 The nation meets Gonzaga The country learns that there's more to Gonzaga basketball than John Stockton. The 10th seeded Bulldogs knocked off Minnesota, Stanford and Florida before falling to eventual national champion Connecticut in the regional final. Thirteen years later, the Zags remain a national force on the college basketball scene.
2001 Hampton coach Steve Merfeld gets a lift Tarvis Williams' jumper in the final seconds gave Hampton a 58-57 win against Iowa State, making the Pirates only the fourth No. 15 seed to defeat the No. 2 seed. The picture of Merfeld being lifted up from behind by Hampton's David Johnson as the coach pumped his fists and kicked his legs in the air is one of the great images in tournament history.
2005 Regional Finals for the ages March 26-27: Louisville earned a trip to the Final Four by rallying from a 19-point deficit to beat West Virginia in overtime 93-85. But that comeback paled in comparison to what Illinois had in store later in the day. Arizona led the Illini by 15 points with four minutes left but remarkably Illinois rallied to force overtime, eventually winning 90-89 in one of the greatest games in tournament history. A day later, Michigan State and Kentucky played a classic of their own, with the Spartans prevailing 94-88 in double overtime.
2006 George Mason reaches Final Four Talk about the little team that could. Tiny George Mason beat Michigan State and North Carolina, outran Wichita State in the Sweet 16 then shocked top-ranked Connecticut to reach the Final Four.
2008 Kansas comes back in closing minutes to win title Down nine with 2:12 left, Kansas cut into Memphis' lead and had a chance to tie the national title game. Kansas junior, Mario Chalmers, with two seconds remaining, shot over two Memphis defenders to tie the contest and set the stage for a Kansas win in OT.
2010 Butler comes oh so close Butler's Gordon Hayward grabbed the rebound off a missed free throw, dribbled to halfcourt and let a shot fly -- that missed by less than an inch. Duke won its fourth title, but Butler won America's heart.
2011 VCU goes from First Four to the Final Four The bracket expanded to 68 teams for the 2011 tournament, and the new format resulted in four first-round games to get the tournament under way. Any thought that these games weren't really part of the tournament quickly lost credibility when Virginia Commonwealth downed USC, Purdue, Georgetown, Florida State and top-seeded Kansas to make it to the Final Four in Houston.
2012 Twice in one day? Afraid so, Missouri and Duke A No. 15 seed beating a No. 2 seed had only happened four times in tournament history. So what were the odds of it happening twice within hours of each other? That's what happened when Norfolk State shocked Missouri late in the afternoon of March 16. Early that evening, Lehigh did the same to Duke.