Every season, college basketball fans wait in eager anticipation for the song to play. You know the one. The tune that represents the culmination of another incredible March Madness tournament: “One Shining Moment.”
The song evokes such nostalgia and grandeur, we’re getting slightly emotional just thinking about it. It feels like only yesterday the Virginia Cavaliers were cutting down the nets, the confetti was falling and the skillfully crafted montage of memorable moments from the tourney was beginning to play.
“One Shining Moment” is a tradition unlike any other. But with the cancellation of the NCAA tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic, the beloved highlight montage won’t get to see the light of day. Well, at least not in the way we’re accustomed to.
On what would have been the first week of the tournament, teams across the country took matters into their own hands to commemorate their 2019-20 seasons by sharing unique takes on the famed “One Shining Moment” execution.
While these videos won’t give us our basketball back, they do serve as a fitting send-off to a season that was unceremoniously cut short.
College hoops fans, this one’s for you:
Kansas Jayhawks …
Man, what a season.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) March 16, 2020
Butler Bulldogs …
It’s impossible not to ask “What Could Have Been?”
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) March 16, 2020
Michigan State Spartans …
— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) March 16, 2020
Baylor Bears …
— Scott Drew (@BUDREW) March 15, 2020
Illinois Fighting Illini …
— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniMBB) March 15, 2020
Richmond Spiders …
We won’t get to see Richmond in the NCAAs this week, but this was a tournament team and the Spiders deserve their One Shining Moment. 🕷🏀 #OneRichmond #OneShiningMoment #NCAATournament @GoodmanHoops @OneShiningMomen
— Richmond Basketball (@SpiderMBB) March 16, 2020
Saint Louis Billikens …
— SLU Men’s Basketball (@SaintLouisMBB) March 15, 2020
North Texas Mean Green …
One Shining Moment: North Texas
The Mean Green were the No. 1 seed in C-USA after winning the regular season title.
Grant McCasland has won 20-plus games each of his four seasons as D-1 head coach.
Player of the Year: Javion Hamlet pic.twitter.com/Orf3WYSNJD
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 15, 2020
Utah State Aggies …
There was still work to be done.
— USU Men’s Hoops (@USUBasketball) March 13, 2020
East Tennessee State Buccaneers …
— ETSU Mens Basketball (@ETSU_MBB) March 15, 2020