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9. David Thompson, NC State

It took a Skywalker to halt UCLA's streak of seven straight NCAA titles. It took Thompson, a 6-foot-4 wing who played more like he was 8-foot-4. The Wolfpack beat Marquette to win the national championship in 1974, but had to topple the Bruins to get there. Thompson scored 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in that double-overtime semifinal thriller -- still remarkable, considering that came one game after he crashed to the floor against Pittsburgh, cracking his head and being rushed to the hospital while basketball fans held their collective breath. He averaged 24.2 points during four NCAA tournament games. -- Robbi Pickeral