Unforgettable March Madness Moments from the Women's and Men's NCAA Basketball Tournaments

From left to right: Sue Bird via Andy Lyons/AllSport/Getty Images; Sheryl Swoopes via Andy Lyons/AllSport/Getty Images; Emeka Okafor/Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; and Kris Jenkins via Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National College Athletics Association (NCAA) Tournaments are back to the delight of basketball fans. Since 1939, the NCAA has held a Men’s Basketball Tournament, and, since the 1981-1982 season, the association has hosted a Women’s Basketball Tournament, too. While busted brackets might be the first thing we think of when it comes to March Madness, we can also thank the "Big Dance" for giving us some incredible match-ups — Magic vs. Bird in 1979, anyone? — and history-making moments.

From Darvin Ham breaking the backboard glass in 1996 to Sheryl Swoopes scoring a national final record of 47 points in the 1993 title game, there’s a lot to celebrate when it comes to March Madness history. And, while it’s difficult to pick just a few, here are some of our favorite highlights from college basketball’s biggest tournaments.