SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson looks at five teams that have made improbable runs to the second weekend of March Madness.
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Now that the Sweet 16 is on the horizon, USA TODAY Sports ranks the 16 top moments that have made this year’s Big Dance one of the most memorable in years. The One Shining Moment montage doesn’t play until after the Final Four, so we’ve got you covered until then.
1. UMBC’s historic upset
The Retrievers were the underdog of all underdogs as a No. 16 seed going up against the NCAA tournament’s top overall seed in Virginia. The Cavaliers had the nation’s best defense, only lost twice and were hardly challenged en route to ACC regular-season and tournament titles. UMBC — a team that lost to Albany by 44 points in the America East — played inspired basketball and after a tie score at halftime, dictated the tempo in the second half against the most tempo-controlling team around. Not only did the Retrievers throw knockout punches, they deflected any UVA…