Inside the Bracket: Pivotal wins

Some teams may have missed the dance if not for one key win

Originally Published: March 15, 2009
By Mike Hume | ESPN Insider

Qualifying for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid is a season-long process, but sometimes that process hinges on the outcome of one particular game. Here's a look at five such contests that proved pivotal in putting teams into the Big Dance.

[+] EnlargeDeShawn Sims
AP Photo/Frank Franklin IIWhen DeShawn Sims led Michigan over UCLA, the Wolverines announced they were ready to dance.

Nov. 20: Michigan 55 - UCLA 52