8. No. 11 George Mason Over No. 1 UConn in the Elite 8 (2006)
The legendary run by George Mason in 2006 is lauded as one of the best in NCAA history, and the average sports fan associates the school with that season’s tournament ride and not much else. After pulling off impressive upsets in the first three rounds, George Mason faced UConn in the Elite 8. UConn had finished the season ranked second in the nation, and several analysts favored them to win the tournament. The game was nothing short of epic, as Mason came back from a 43-34 halftime deficit to enjoy a bit of a lead in most of the second half. In regulation, Mason failed to seal the deal, missing three free throw attempts in the final 15 seconds and allowing UConn’s Denham Brown to tie the game on a reverse lay up at the buzzer. However, Brown missed a potential game winning three at the overtime buzzer to seal the Mason victory, 86-84. George Mason won off the strength of a well-balanced attack headed by forward Will Thomas, who put up 19 points and flagged down 12 rebounds.
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