Upsets, buzzer-beaters, and Cinderella stories: Highlights from the NCAA Basketball 2024 Tournament

The NCAA Basketball Tournament never fails to deliver excitement and drama, and the 2024 edition was no exception. From shocking upsets to thrilling buzzer-beaters, and unexpected Cinderella stories, fans were on the edge of their seats throughout the tournament.

One of the most memorable upsets of the tournament came in the first round when the 15th-seeded underdog University of Louisville knocked off the 2nd-seeded powerhouse Duke University in a stunning overtime victory. The Cardinals were massive underdogs going into the game, but they played with confidence and determination, outlasting the Blue Devils in a game that will be remembered for years to come.

Another major upset occurred in the Sweet 16 when 11th-seeded Creighton University stunned the 3rd-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs with a last-second three-pointer to advance to the Elite Eight. The Bluejays were seen as long shots to make a deep run in the tournament, but they proved their doubters wrong with a gutsy performance against one of the top teams in the country.

Buzzer-beaters are always a highlight of March Madness, and the 2024 tournament was no different. In the Elite Eight, the 5th-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes pulled off a miraculous last-second shot to defeat the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats and punch their ticket to the Final Four. The shot sent shockwaves through the arena and solidified Ohio State’s place in tournament lore.

Perhaps the most heartwarming story of the tournament was the Cinderella run of the 13th-seeded Saint Louis University Billikens. The Billikens were not expected to make much noise in the tournament, but they defied the odds by knocking off higher-seeded opponents in the first three rounds to advance to the Final Four. Their run captured the hearts of fans across the country and served as a reminder of the magic of March Madness.

In the end, it was the 1st-seeded Baylor Bears who emerged victorious, capturing their second national championship in four years with a thrilling overtime victory over the 2nd-seeded Houston Cougars. The Bears fought through tough competition and displayed resilience and teamwork on their way to cutting down the nets in front of a raucous crowd at the Final Four.

The 2024 NCAA Basketball Tournament will be remembered for its upsets, buzzer-beaters, and Cinderella stories that captivated fans and showcased the unpredictable nature of college basketball. As the dust settles and the confetti falls, fans can look back on a tournament filled with unforgettable moments and anticipate the excitement of next year’s edition.

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