1. No. 8 UCLA Reaches the Final with 67-62 Win over Purdue (1980)
The UCLA dominance that brought the school nine titles between 1964 and 1975 was firmly in the rearview mirror when the school reached the tourney as an 8-seed in 1980. That middling ranking didn’t stop them from putting together an impressive run, knocking off top-seeded DePaul in the second round (77-72) before defeating Ohio State (72-68) and Clemson (85-74) to reach the Final Four. The Bruins then went to defeat another overachieving Purdue team by a score of 67-62, led by an efficient 24-point effort from Kiki Vandeweghe (9-of-12 shooting, 6-for-6 from the line). The fun was finally put to an end by tournament heavyweight Louisville, who beat UCLA in the final by a score of 59-54.
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