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Cracking the NCAA Vault: The Best Team Performances

I wrote—albeit briefly—about my love of the NCAA Vault late last season. For the uninitiated, the NCAA Vault contains every NCAA Tournament game from the Sweet 16 on played since 2000. That is 165 games in all. That is, in fact, too much for you to rationally sort through to figure out which games are worth skipping to the end, which games are worth perusing, and which merit full-blown opening-tip-to-final-buzzer immersion.

That’s why I’m here.

As part of our comprehensive college basketball preview over the next few days, I’ll be breaking down the contents of the NCAA Vault (and March Madness On Demand, which houses all 64 games from last season’s epic Tournament). Whether you’re in the mood to see a great individual performance, a team operating on all cylinders, or the moments when an eventual champion came closest to elimination, I’ve got you covered.

Sounds like gooooood watchin’.

Great Team Performances

As much fun as it is to watch single players at their best, it still doesn’t compare to the beauty of superior team basketball. These seven teams, for stretches lasting various periods of time, reached a state of near basketball perfection, executing so exquisitely that it didn’t much matter that the game would no longer be close. Indeed, it’s the way they sucked the competition out of the game, making the opponent look so hapless or inconsequential, that makes these performances so memorable. Continue reading