Every March, The NCAA tournament provides fans with memorable games, moments and performances. While some may think of Buzzer beaters (Mario Chalmers’ game tying three to help Kansas win the National Title) and historic runs (George Mason’s 2006 Final Four team), many individual performances have left us in awe.
When this year’s tournament kicks off, those performances could be even more memorable if they help you win your DraftKings fantasy basketball contest. Never played before? Getting started is easy: Draft a team of 8 individual players and follow along as you compete against other fans. You can build a new team every night and compete for huge prizes, such as the $25,000 Buzzer Beater event.
Here is an in-depth look at some of the top individual performances from the past 25 years.
DraftKings Top 4 Memorable Performances
4) Christian Laettner
1992 – Duke vs Kentucky – Regional Final
45.75 Fantasy Points: 31 Points, 7 Rebounds, 3 assists
Laettner’s buzzer beater is one of the most famous moments of all time when it comes to the tournament and it will probably be shown many times over the course of it. What isn’t discussed is that Lattner didn’t miss once that game — he was 10 for 10 from the field to go along with 11 for 11 from the free throw line.
3) Stephen Curry
2008 – Davidson vs Gonzaga – Opening Round
50.75 Fantasy Points 40 Points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Curry was the talk of the NCAA even before he led 10th seeded Davidson to an elite 8 birth. After averaging 25.9 points during the season, his opening round performance lived up to the hype. He went 8 for 10 from three point range and dropped 40 points in an exciting game that came down to the final minute against Gonzaga. His performance also earned him an ESPY nomination for “Breakthrough Player of the Year”. This year, he is averaging over 46 fantasy points per game in DraftKings NBA contests.
2) Carmelo Anthony
2003 – Syracuse vs Texas – Final Four
57.5 Fantasy Points: 37 Points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist
The freshman sensation dropped 37 points in a semifinal game against the Texas Longhorns to advance the Orange to the finals, where they would win the National Championship. This game played a huge part in cementing him as the tournament’s Outstanding Player. While his college career came and went in his freshman year, Carmelo certainly left his mark in his one year at Syracuse.
1) Dwyane Wade
2003 – Marquette vs Kentucky – Regional Final
(63.75 Fantasy Points) 29 Points, 11 Rebounds, 11 Assists, 4 Blocks
While Carmelo went on to win the National Title, it was Wade’s regional final performance that stood out the most. He put Marquette back on the map by defeating the heavily favored #1 seed Kentucky, Wade’s triple-double was only the fourth in NCAA tournament history (Magic Johnson had a very similar stat line the semifinals in 1979). This game would propel his draft stock into the top 5 of the famed 2003 draft class along with LeBron James, Carmelo, and Chris Bosh.
Who will be this year’s tournament standouts and future stars? Draft your team of 8 players for today’s matchups
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