March is the memory maker. Some moments won’t ever be forgotten. 

And we had our share in the 2018 NCAA tournament, but we’ve also seen some extraordinary performances in the regular season so far. They weren’t all just shots. There were comebacks, wins and moments that will have endless shelf life. 

Here is my list of the best of the best in the calendar year of 2018 (in no particular order): 

March 17| Michigan’s Jordan Poole beats Houston on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, ultimately leading the Wolverines to the Final Four/national title game: Poole’s shot was so epic that it may be hard to ever duplicate at Michigan. The Wolverines were done. Toast. Houston was moving on and then Poole buried the buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The Wolverines’ run to the title game seemed magical because of this shot. 

March 16| UMBC shocks Virginia in the first 16 over a 1: There wasn’t one moment in the game that defined the upset. This was a continuous unraveling for the Cavaliers and a momentum burst for Retrievers that spawned an incredible result. UMBC will always be the first 16 to beat a 1. 

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March 17| Loyola-Chicago beats Tennessee in the last possession in the second round, leading to a historic run to the Final Four: The win over the Vols was the catalyst to jump start the Ramblers to an unforgettable run to the Final Four. The national platform given to Sister Jean was so welcomed for the sport. Her Final Four news conference was as packed as any I’ve ever seen — for any coach/player. 

March 25| Kansas outlasts Duke in overtime to win the most entertaining and intense game of the 2018 NCAA tournament, earning a trip to the Final Four: This was a title-type match. Kansas and Duke played at such a high level for 45 minutes, and the atmosphere in Omaha delivered. This is the type of game that the NCAA tournament can deliver on a yearly basis. 

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April 2| Villanova cruises to the national title behind Donte DiVincenzo’s 31 points off the bench: This was as dominating a performance off the bench as anyone has ever had in the title game. The Wildcats thoroughly beat Michigan for their second title in three seasons. 

March 18| Nevada comes back from 22-down to knock off No. 2 Cincinnati in the second round and set up the Wolf Pack season for 2019: The Wolf Pack looked dead, done, over, but then came roaring back. This win set up what we’re seeing now with the Wolf Pack — a possible Final Four team. 

March 15| Buffalo upsets Arizona in NCAA tournament first round, a preview of what we’re seeing now: The Bulls were no fluke then and they aren’t now.