5. No. 15 Santa Clara Beats No. 2 Arizona (1993)
For most fans, the best part of March Madness is seeing the slew of huge upsets in the first round, unless they bust your bracket in the process. In 1993, an eventual Canadian NBA MVP named Steve Nash left his mark on the college scene by leading the small, no-named Santa Clara past one of the perennial tournament favorites. Well, “lead” might be a bit of a stretch for a freshman player who shot so poorly throughout the game (1-of-7), but he did nail six free throws down the stretch to help his team seal the deal. His teammate Pete Eisenrich was the real star (19 points, 8 rebounds), playing a central role in rallying Santa Clara back from a 46-33 deficit in the second half. A missed three-point attempt by Arizona at the buzzer handed the game to the underdogs, 64-61. They lost their next game to Temple, but Santa Clara became just the second 15-seed to survive the first round – even now, there have only been six.
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