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March Madness: The best NCAA Tournament moments of current Toronto Raptors

While the NBA season is on pause, the 2020 NCAA Tournament was cancelled in its entirety, meaning we'll go a year without the basketball fan's dream that is March Madness.

To coincide with what would have been the first full day of March Madness, let's take a look back at some of the best NCAA Tournament memories from current Toronto Raptors, from Kyle Lowry to Fred VanVleet to Oshae Brissett.

Kyle Lowry, Villanova

2006 Sweet Sixteen vs. Boston College - Seven points, five steals, three assists

Lowry appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of his two years at Villanova. In his sophomore year, Lowry's performance in a one-point overtime win over Boston College was crucial as every single point mattered. The Wildcats would go on to advance to the Elite Eight, where they would lose to the eventual champion Florida Gators.

Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State

2015 Round of 64 vs. Kansas - Eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks

In his lone Tournament appearance, a freshman Siakam put up an impressive stat line in a loss to a Kansas team that featured four players that are currently on an NBA roster.

Fred VanVleet, Wichita State

2013 Elite Eight vs. Ohio State - 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals

VanVleet made four Tournament appearances in his four years at Wichita State, with the deepest run coming in his freshman year. In the Elite Eight, VanVleet helped fuel the ninth-seeded Shockers to a win over No. 2 seed Ohio State - Wichita State advanced to the Final Four for the second time in school history and the first time in nearly 50 years.

Norman Powell, UCLA

2015 Round of 64 vs. SMU - 19 points, six rebounds, four assists

Powell spent four seasons at UCLA, making three NCAA Tournament appearances. In his senior year, Powell led the 11th-seeded Bruins to a one-point upset win over SMU, wowing with highlight dunks in the process.

OG Anunoby, Indiana

2016 Round of 64 vs. Chattanooga - 14 points, two steals in 15 minutes

In his Tournament debut, Anunoby impressed with his above the rim play as the Hoosiers cruised to a win over Chattanooga. Indiana would go on to advance to the Sweet Sixteen that season.

Chris Boucher, Oregon

2016 Round of 64 vs. Holy Cross - 20 points, five rebounds in 17 minutes

Boucher transferred into Oregon for his junior year of college, and the Ducks rolled into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. In his tourney debut, Boucher put up big numbers in a short amount of time and Oregon would go on to appear in the Elite Eight for the first time in nearly 10 years.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona

2014 Round of 32 vs. Gonzaga - 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, four blocks

In two years at perennial powerhouse Arizona, Hollis-Jefferson appeared in eight tournament games, both seasons coming to an end at the hands of Wisconsin in the Elite Eight. While his NCAA Tournament performance against Gonzaga was arguably his best all around, his 23-point game against Texas Southern in the opening round 2015 was his highest-scoring game in the tournament.

Notice that it's current Raptor Stanley Johnson that sets the backscreen on the above play. More on him later…

Terence Davis, Ole Miss

2019 Round of 64 vs. Oklahoma - 17 points, six assists, five rebounds

In his senior year, Davis made his lone NCAA Tournament appearance with the Rebels as they took on the Oklahoma Sooners in Columbia, SC. Davis made his presence felt as he stuffed the stat sheet but it ultimately wasn't enough as Ole Miss couldn't overcome a big first-half deficit.

Matt Thomas, Iowa State

2017 Round of 32 vs. Purdue - 20 points, six rebounds, three assists

Thomas played alongside plenty of NBA talent during his time at Iowa State and, as a result, won three Big 12 titles and played in nine NCAA Tournament games over a four-year college career. In his final tournament game, Thomas didn't miss often, scoring 20 points while shooting 81.8% from the field in a four-point loss to Purdue.

Stanley Johnson, Arizona

2015 Round of 64 vs. Texas Southern - 22 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals

In his lone year of college ball, Johnson and the Wildcats earned a No. 2 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. In his tourney debut, Johnson finished with 22 points, shooting 8-for-11 from the field and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc.

The only player to score more than Johnson in that one? Hollis-Jefferson, who finished with 23.

Oshae Brissett, Syracuse

2018 First Four vs. Arizona State - 23 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal

The Orange qualified for the NCAA Tournament in both of Brissett's seasons at Syracuse but it was in his tournament debut that the Mississauga native made his biggest statement. In the First Four against Arizona State, a freshman Brissett finished with a monster 23-point, 12-rebound double-double.

As a No. 11 seed, Cuse would then go on an improbable run to the Sweet 16, where they would fall to ACC foe Duke. In four tournament games in 2018, Brissett averaged 17.0 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Paul Watson, Fresno State

2016 Round of 64 vs. Utah - 11 points, two rebounds, one steal

As a junior, Watson helped lead the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001. It was short-lived, however, as Fresno State would fall to a Utah team led by Jakob Poeltl and Kyle Kuzma.

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