The 1983 championship game between North Carolina State and Houston, 1985's championship between Villanova and Georgetown and the championship game in 1979 between Indiana State and Michigan State are well-known March Madness contests. Many great March Madness games feature the triumphant underdog while some highlight future professional superstars.
In 1983 Coach Jim Valvano's N.C. State Wolfpack's record was so unimpressive that they had to win their conference tournament just to get a tournament bid. Their magical run to the championship was rewarded with the chance to play the Houston Cougars for the national title. The Houston Phi Slamma Jamma squad was comprised of future NBA superstars Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Young and is widely considered one of the best college teams of all time. The Wolfpack put the defensive clamps on Houston's high-scoring machine and won the game on a last second shot.
In 1985, the Villanova Wildcats were the true Cinderella team. They are the lowest seeded team to ever win the national championship. They completed the task by shooting 75 percent from the floor and playing a nearly perfect game against the basketball powerhouse Georgetown Hoyas.
The Indiana State Sycamore and Michigan State Spartans championship game in 1979 was a glimpse at the future of two NBA Hall of Fame Legends. It pitted the Sycamore's Larry Bird against Spartan star Earvin "Magic" Johnson in the most watched game in history, at the time. It took an MVP performance by Magic to get the Spartans the win.