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Alexander Wolff: The Greatest Upset Never Seen

Friday, December 28, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 12:40 PM, under , , ,

Twenty-Five years ago the unthinkable happened when the tiny NAIA Catholic college of Chaminade stunned the college basketball world by upsetting the Ralph Sampson-led , number one ranked Virginia Cavaliers 77-72. Over on the Sports Illustrated web site, Alexander Wolff writes:

Islanders and mainlanders alike still talk about what happened on the night of Dec. 23, 1982, in the Neal Blaisdell Center, even if -- or perhaps because -- fewer than 4,000 people witnessed it. "It still gives you the chicken skin," says Lopes, using an Islandism for goose bumps. And it has given college basketball much more. The game helped usher in an era of upsets and parity, heralding the astonishing NCAA title won that spring by North Carolina State. It led to the creation of what has become the Maui Invitational, the sport's most prestigious in-season tournament. And it assured that ESPN and its cable spawn would henceforth permit virtually no game to go untelevised.

For those readers who are too young to remember this game, or may not even have been born yet, hop on over to the SI web site and read about "The Greatest Upset Never Seen."

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