Also, they left out Steph Curry.MORE: Mike DeCourcy’s best games from 31 years of Tournament coverageSo when the list originally came out, we went ahead and ranked them as they should have been. And now, on the occasion of the NCAA Tournament’s 80th anniversary, we’re going to improve it again, by updating it and taking care of a few items originally ignored.One thing that strikes you as you go through this, however, is what an amazing event the NCAA Tournament is to behold annually. It seems every year gives us something we’ll want to relive again and again.40. Oregon starts it all, 1939. The late Richard Boughner, who played for Ohio State on the losing side in the first NCAA title game, once told me that first Final Four didn’t seem like that big a deal at the time. When he looked back on the spectacle the event became, it certainly tickled him to have been there at the start. But even though it was the launching point for America’s greatest sporting event, that weekend in Evanston, Ill., has the feel of the first Super Bowl — essential and important in retrospect, but not as memorable as what came afterward.39. ‘Cuse can’t lose, 1996. Almost as remarkable as the exchange between Syracuse and Georgia over the final 20 seconds of overtime in their Sweet 16 game is that the whistle never blew. No timeouts. No fouls. Just end-to-end action that left fans breathless and elevated John Wallace to Syracuse hero with five late points to pull out the win.38. Andre the giant, 1985. One of the great tournament runs in the game history was the work of Memphis point guard Andre Turner, who made buzzer-beating shots to beat both Alabama-Birmingham and Boston College — he also delivered a 12-point, 12-assist double-double in the regional final against Oklahoma — in helping the Tigers to become the only non-Big East school to crash the 1985 Final Four.37. Rip’s flip, 1998. With just a fraction of a second remaining, UConn’s Richard Hamilton grabbed an offensive rebound with his fingertips and flung it in the goal to beat Washington in a Sweet 16 game. In truth, Hamilton’s greatest moments in the NCAA Tournament came a year later, when he led Connecticut to the championship in a classic against Duke. (The stunning baseline drive by Khalid El-Amin that sealed UConn’s surprising victory probably should have made this list ahead of Hamilton’s buzzer-beater.)36. Who are those guys? 1999. Gonzaga introduced itself to the nation’s basketball consciousness with a run to the Elite Eight that included victories over Minnesota, Florida and Stanford and a near-miss in the regional final against eventual champion UConn. On that foundation, the Zags built a national basketball power.35. The longest days, 2005. Beyond doubt the most elite of all Elite Eights occurred in 2005, when three of the four regional championships went into overtime and the other was a six-point North Carolina win over Wisconsin. Illinois rallied from 15 down with four minutes left to force overtime and defeat Arizona. Louisville clawed out of a 20-point deficit to force overtime and beat West Virginia. Michigan State and Kentucky went to double-overtime before the Spartans emerged.34. What Clougherty saw, 1989. Perhaps the most controversial call in NCAA championship game history occurred when official John Clougherty whistled Seton Hall’s Gerald Greene for bumping Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson off a drive with three seconds left in overtime. Robinson made both free throws, and the Wolverines won their only title. Even Robinson said afterward, “Honestly, I thought it was kind of weak to make that call at that time.” One of the great gentlemen in the game and now the ACC’s officials coordinator, Clougherty told the Raleigh News & Observer years later, “There was contact. … if I had waited, held the whistle, maybe I could have made better judgment on the contact.”SN REMEMBERS:March Madness heartbreakers | Best March Madness memories33. The first shall be last, 2011. When VCU was selected to play in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and assigned to play in the inaugural First Four — which meant it would need five wins to reach the Final Four when most would need four — there were loud protests from several ESPN analysts. Then the Rams won that first game, then another and another on the way to upsetting Kansas in the Elite Eight and earning the Rams’ first Final Four berth.32. Beating a pair of aces, 2012. As of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, there had been only four instances of a No. 15 seed beating a No. 2 in the tournament’s history. Then there were two in a matter of hours. First, Norfolk State over Missouri, and then Lehigh over Duke. “We all believed it, and we showed it on the floor,” Lehigh forward John Adams said. “Everybody bought into that idea that we could beat them. The rest is history.” Absolutely.31. Christian’s first miracle, 1990. Before he launched that shot to beat Kentucky, Duke star Christian Laettner stepped into a 17-footer that gave Duke a 79-78 overtime win over UConn and put the Blue Devils into a third consecutive Final Four.30. By Tate George, 1990. Perhaps we should have known Duke was not dead in its historic game against Kentucky, because Connecticut had even less time to come back against Clemson in a Sweet 16 game. The Huskies had 1.0 second, enough time for George to hit a game-winning jumper.29. By George, 2006. No one doubted Connecticut had the most talented team in the 2005-06 season, but the chemistry was volatile all year — and George Mason took advantage in an overtime regional final victory that made the Patriots the first mid-major to reach the Final Four in 27 years.28. One for Hank, 1990. Following the death of superstar forward Hank Gathers in a conference tournament game a little more than a week earlier, Loyola Marymount entered the NCAA Tournament expected to leave early. Gathers’ longtime friend from Philadelphia, Bo Kimble, chose to honor Gathers by shooting a free throw left-handed. He made it — and Marymount went all the way to the Elite Eight.27. No luck for the Irish, 1981. The model for Edney’s shot might have been the work of BYU All-American guard Danny Ainge, who drove through the Notre Dame defense for a game-winning layup against one of Digger Phelps’ most talented teams.MORE: Top 80 upsets in NCAA Tournament history26. Kicking and screaming, 2001. The celebration of the fourth 15-over-2 upset was about as memorable as the game, when Hampton coach Steve Merfeld dashed across the court after the Pirates defeated Iowa State and was lifted into the air from behind by one of his players.25. A game of inches, 2010. Just a little bit softer on the attempt, and Butler would have been the most improbable champions in the history of American sport. That’s how close Gordon Hayward came to beating Duke with his 45-foot heave.24. No, Big Blue, 2015. One of the most loaded Final Fours ever — three of the teams that made it would have been champions in most any other year — was punctuated by Wisconsin’s 71-64 victory over previously undefeated Kentucky in the national semifinals. UK entered the game 38-0 and was attempting to become the first team in 39 years to win an NCAA championship with a perfect record.23. The dribble handoff, 2008. Memphis coach John Calipari said afterward that he told his players to foul and prevent a game-tying 3-pointer from Kansas, but none of the Tigers really tried. Instead, they tried to defend the Jayhawks straight up — but Sherron Collins’ sloppy, desperate dribble handoff freed Mario Chalmers for the 3-pointer that effectively clinched KU’s third NCAA title. It ended an NCAA Tournament rife with upsets.22. The first 15, 1991. Not once in the early years of the 64-team NCAA Tournament had a No. 15 seed beaten a No. 2, but Richmond made history with its 73-69 victory over Syracuse.21. Edney goes coast-to-coast, 1995. Almost every champion has a close call in the tournament, but not this close. UCLA guard Tyus Edney had to drive the length of the court in 4.8 seconds — through the entire Missouri team — and convert a layup that beat the Tigers.20. The last unbeaten, 1976. The final between Michigan and Indiana wasn’t much to watch, but that was mostly because the Hoosiers were too good for the field. They ended that game as 18-point winners and the season with a 32-0 record that hasn’t been matched since.19. “Knock it in, Michael,” 1982. Those were the words of coach Dean Smith to freshman guard Michael Jordan as North Carolina broke a huddle looking for a basket that would put the Tar Heels ahead of Georgetown in one of the best-played of all NCAA finals. And that’s what Jordan did, from 15 feet on the left wing with 15 seconds left to provide the decisive basket in a 63-62 UNC win.MORE: NCAA Tournament’s impactful scoresBest buzzer-beaters | Best clutch shots18. Pacer, 1998. You’ve seen Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew make the game-winning 3-pointer against Ole Miss — on the inbounds play coach Homer Drew called “Pacer” — almost as many times as you’ve seen the Laettner shot against Kentucky. It’s OK, watch it again.17. Double-OT in Greensboro, 1974. A week after David Thompson crashed to the earth against Pitt and banged his head off the floor, he was flying high again and helped NC State end UCLA’s run of consecutive titles at seven in a thrilling overtime game.16. Bank’s open for Carsen, 2019. When Purdue guard Carsen Edwards banked in a 3-pointer late in the Boilermakers’ South Region final game against No. 1 seed Virginia, it looked as though one of the greatest scoring performances in tournament history would push the team to the Final Four. Alas, Purdue wound up in overtime and fell, leaving Edwards with 139 points over four games — a 34.8 average that was a throwback to the days of Austin Carr.15. Wooden ends with 10, 1975. John Wooden announced to the UCLA players before they faced Kentucky in the 1975 championship game that he would be retiring at its conclusion. The Bruins then went out and won one last title for the most accomplished coach in the game’s history.14. A Smart shot, 1987. Missed Syracuse free throws opened the door for Indiana to come back against the Orange in the national championship game, and Smart barged through with a pull-up jumper from the left corner that won coach Bob Knight’s last of three NCAA titles.13. McGuire’s tears, 1977. As the final seconds ticked down on the 1977 NCAA final between Marquette and North Carolina, as it became clear Marquette would win and send coach Al McGuire into retirement with his only title, McGuire broke down and wept on the bench. No one who saw it will forget it.12. Steph storms the field, 2008. It began with an incredible comeback against Gonzaga. And then Davidson took down Georgetown, and in the Sweet 16 the mid-major darlings of coach Bob McKillop became a household name while Steph Curry launched a career that made him one of the most beloved players in the game’s history. Curry averaged 32 points over four games, and the Wildcats fell just two points short of the Final Four.11. The Wright stuff, 2016. After Villanova point guard Ryan Arcidiacono raced up the court in the final 4.7 seconds and dropped a pass to forward Kris Jenkins trailing behind him, and after Jenkins buried a 3-pointer to break a 74-all tie and give Villanova its first NCAA title in over two decades, confetti came bursting from the ceiling of NRG Stadium. Coach Jay Wright played it totally cool, like he’d won the national championship many times before. (*He did win a second two years later).10. Walton near perfection, 1973. No one ever has played a better game than Bill Walton did against Memphis in the 1973 championship: 21-of-22 from the field. It’s staggering how good he was that night.9. Magic vs. Bird, 1979. No game in the tournament’s long history ever received more hype — especially after it was played and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird became longtime rivals in the NBA. Their title-game showdown remains the highest-rated college basketball game ever shown on TV.MORE: Remembering Cincinnati’s barrier-breaking title8. The Sweetest 16, 2018. When Virginia and UMBC took the court in the final 1-vs.-16 matchup of the 2018 tournament, 115 No. 16 seeds had played against No. 1 seeds in the 34 years of the expanded bracket era. All 115 lost. But UMBC was different. Against the nation’s most feared defense, the Retrievers shot 12 of 24 from 3-point range and 54 percent from the field. Guard Jairus Lyles stunned the Cavaliers with 28 points. Over the course of the second half, the expectation that UVA would mount a comeback gave way to the reality that we all were seeing history. Are there any NCAA Tournament mountains left to climb?7. Duke busts Vegas, 1991. Christian Laettner had so many amazing moments in the NCAA Tournament that his two free throws to clinch a victory over unbeaten UNLV are largely forgotten. So is Bobby Hurley’s courageous 3-pointer with 2:15 left to cut a five-point Rebels lead to two. “I thought it was the biggest shot I’ve seen a Duke basketball player make,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.6. The Perfect Game, 1985. Villanova took 10 shots in the second half of its championship game against Big East rival Georgetown. The Wildcats made nine. That’s how close to perfect the Wildcats had to be to defeat the powerful Hoyas.5. Valvano’s mad dash, 1983. One after another, NC State rallied from the edge of elimination to advance: Pepperdine by two, UNLV by one, Virginia by one. The Pack appeared to be headed for overtime in the championship game against Houston when Dereck Whittenburg threw an airball from long distance as the Cougars defended the last possession well. But nobody boxed out Lorenzo Charles, whose dunk won the game — and sent coach Jim Valvano scrambling around the court looking for someone to hug.4. March goes Mad, 1981. Saturday March 14, 1981 was the day that turned the NCAA Tournament into March Madness. Those of us watching that day remember clearly how NBC showed us Saint Joseph’s upset of No. 1 DePaul, U.S. Reed’s halfcourt shot for Arkansas to beat defending champion Louisville and Rolando Blackman’s long jumper for Kansas State taking down top seed Oregon State. That afternoon became the ideal for tournament coverage in the next three decades.3. The Shot, 1992. When Kentucky point guard Sean Woods nailed an improbable shot over Christian Laettner’s hand with 2.2 seconds left in overtime of the East Region final, it seemed UK was on its way back from the depths of NCAA probation to the height of the Final Four. We’ve all seen what happened 1,000 times. Grant Hill passes to Laettner, Laettner dribbles and fakes, Laettner hits the game’s most famous shot.2. Glory Road, 1966. There was a movie made about the 1966 NCAA championship won by Texas Western — now Texas-El Paso — and it was a great story well told. It was the decision of Miners coach Don Haskins, whom everyone knew best as The Bear, to use start five African-American players against the all-white Kentucky Wildcats. Texas Western’s victory was an enormous step forward for the game — and civil rights in the United States. 1. Game of Change, 1963. It is amazing there never has been a feature film made about the second-round NCAA Tournament game played March 15, 1963 between Mississippi State and Loyola of Illinois. But there has been a documentary — and a book.In “Champions for Change,” Memphis sportswriter Kyle Veazey tells the story of how university officials at Mississippi State and coach Babe McCarthy — after the team three times was kept out of the tournament because of state policy against integrated competition — defied orders from state government officials not to play in the NCAA Tournament. McCarthy did it by essentially sneaking the Bulldogs across the border. Mississippi State lost the game, played on the Michigan State campus, to a Loyola team that went on to win the championship with a lineup including four African-American players.“It was Mississippi at its best when Mississippi was far too often at its worst,” Veazey told Sporting News. “So when you think of societal impacts, the ‘63 game had significant ones on both sides: Mississippi State doing the right thing when it’s state so often got it wrong, and Loyola blazing a trail, to borrow a cliche, all its own. Why this story hasn’t been told more often is beyond me.” (Editor’s note: This article is an updated version of a story previously published on Sporting News’ site).As the 75th NCAA Tournament approached earlier this decade, the NCAA released an official list of the 35 greatest moments in the event’s history. There were some flaws with the list, starting with the fact the folks who compiled placed the items in no particular order.