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Cardiac Kemba (Connecticut, Walker)

After a string of early season upsets this legendary New England program had limped to a 9-9 conference record by the close of the season. The only way to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament was to emerge victorious in their conference tournament. That was easier said than done, as the elite conference boasted 6 top 25 teams. Standing in their way was the number 1 team in the conference ranked 3rd in the nation. But their team captain was not phased. With the scored tied and 10 seconds to go, the junior guard drained a step back jumper leaving his defender on the hardwood as time expired to win the game 76-74. After advancing, this underdog team won their 7th conference tournament and eventually went on to shock the college basketball world by winning the program’s 3rd national title. Playmaker: Nick S.