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    Thompson, '74 and '83 Title Squads Part of March Madness Celebration
    David Thompson
    David Thompson

    Dec. 11, 2012

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Where do NC State's top players, teams and March Madness moments rank in the first 75 years of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament?

    Fans can help settle the argument through on-line voting beginning in January as the NCAA kicks off its season-long celebration of 75 Years of March Madness, leading up to the Men's Final Four in Atlanta.

    Both of NC State's national championship teams and the Wolfpack's greatest player, forward David Thompson, are up for consideration in the three separate categories.

    The 1974 team, which ended UCLA's seven-year reign as national champions by beating the Bruins in the semifinals in Greensboro, is on the list of 25 teams and in the top 35 moments in tournament history of the tournament.

    The 1983 team, which completed its unlikely run through the postseason with a last-second win over top-ranked Houston, is nominated for best moment in tournament history.

    Thompson, the two-time national player of the year and three-time ACC player of the year, is one of the 75 nominees for greatest player in tournament history.

    The NCAA released its lists for the three different awards on Tuesday.

    Starting in early January at, fans can vote to help determine the Top 15 All-Time March Madness Players, the single best All-Time March Madness Team, and the single best All-Time March Madness Moment in NCAA tournament history.

    The winners in the three polls will be introduced at this year's 2013 Men's Final Four in Atlanta. Status on the voting throughout the year will be available on NCAA's March Madness Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #MM75.

"Over the 75 years, the basketball championship has grown from a small eight-team tournament to one of the world's most popular sporting events," said Dan Gavitt, vice president of men's basketball championships. "To honor the growth of our sport, we are celebrating past players, teams and moments that have helped turn March Madness into one of the year's most anticipated sporting events. We invite all NCAA basketball fans - both new and loyal - to take a stroll down memory lane. And of course, we encourage friendly debate among fans around all their favorites."

    From a pool of more than 100 former players, NCAA staff analyzed statistical data compiled exclusively from performances in NCAA tournament games [e.g., points, rebounds, field goals, free throws, three-pointers (since 1987), assists, steals, blocks] to determine the 75 player finalists.   

    The lists were compiled and researched by the NCAA's basketball and statistics staffs, which consulted with the NCAA's media partners and selected members of the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).  

    Additionally, CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and, in conjunction with the NCAA, will air original programming commemorating 75 years of March Madness featuring many of the great players, teams and moments in the tournament's history.



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