Bay Area NBA stars' 'Madness' moments
DeMarcus Cousins -- Kentucky (2009-10)
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins played for coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. Along with current Washington Wizards guard John Wall and Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, Cousins helped lead a top-seeded Kentucky team to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats defeated East Tennessee State (No. 16) 100-71 to open, and would knock off Wake Forest (No. 9) in the next round 90-60. Kentucky would stay hot, eliminating Cornell (No. 12) in the Sweet Sixteen, but their road would end in the Regional Finals. Cousins, Wall and Kentucky would fall to West Virginia (No. 2) 73-66.
Rudy Gay -- Connecticut (2004-06)
Kings forward Rudy Gay played for coach Jim Calhoun and the UConn Huskies. Connecticut entered the NCAA tournament in 2006 as the No. 1 seed. Behind Gay, the Huskies got off to a fast start, eliminating Albany (No. 16) in the opening round, before pulling off a notable win against Kentucky (No. 8) in the next round. In the Sweet Sixteen, Connecticut would defeat Washington (No. 5) and advance to the Elite Eight. The Huskies would lose a heartbreaker to George Mason (No. 11), falling 86-84.
Andre Iguodala -- Arizona (2002-04)
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala played for coach Lute Olson and the Arizona Wildcats. In his three years at the university, Arizona made the NCAA Tournament every season. Iguodala helped captain his squad to the Regional Semifinal (2002) and the Regional Final (2003). In what was Iguodala's final year, the ninth-seeded Cats suffered an unfortunate early exit in 2004, losing to Seton Hall (No. 8) 80-76 in the opening round.
Andrew Bogut -- Utah (2003-05)
Warriors center Andrew Bogut played for the Utah Utes. In his two seasons, the university had two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2004, No. 11 Utah would face No. 6 Boston College, and fall 58-51. In 2005, Bogut's final year, No. 6 Utah would defeat No. 11 UTEP. However, in the second round, Bogut's Utes would fall to the third-seeded Oklahoma Sooners.
Stephen Curry -- Davidson (2006-09)
Warriors guard Steph Curry played for coach Bob McKillip and the Davidson Wildcats. In his three years at the university, Davidson never missed a tournament, despite not getting in the year before Curry arrived, or the year after he left. In 2006 and 2007, Curry and the Wildcats would suffer first-round exits at the hands of No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Maryland. In 2008, Curry's final year, the point guard came into his own, leading Davidson past Gonzaga (No. 7), Georgetown (No. 2) and Wisconsin (No. 3). The end of the road would come against the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in the Elite Eight.
Marreese Speights -- Florida (2006-08)
Warriors forward Marreese Speights played for coach Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators. In his three years at the university, the Gators made the tournament twice and won back-to-back National Championships. In 2006, third-ranked Florida would beat South Alabama (No. 14), UW-Milwaukee (No. 11), Georgetown (No. 7), Villanova (No. 1) and George Mason (No. 11). They'd defeat No. 2 UCLA to win a National Championship. In 2007, top-seeded Florida beat Jackson State (No. 16), Purdue (No. 9), Butler (No. 5), Oregon (No. 3) and UCLA (No. 2). Speights and Co. would defeat No. 1 Ohio State to claim a second title.
Ben McLemore -- Kansas (2012-13)
Kings guard Ben McLemore played for coach Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks. In 2012, a No. 2-ranked Kansas squad made quite a run, knocking off Detroit (No. 15), Purdue (No. 10), NC State (No. 11) and North Carolina (No. 1). They would face the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and edge them out in a close Final Four contest, 64-62. Unfortunately, McLemore and the Jayhawks would fall in the National Championship game to Kentucky, 67-59.
Draymond Green -- Michigan State (2008-12)
Warriors forward Draymond Green played for coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans. In his four years at the university, Green would appear in four NCAA tournaments, making it to the National Final (2009), the National Seminal (2010), the second round (2011) and the Regional Semifinal (2012). On March 16, 2012, Green recorded his third career triple-double against LIU-Brooklyn in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as just the third player in NCAA history to have two career triple-doubles in the NCAA tournament.
Steve Kerr -- Arizona (1983-88)
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was recruited out of high to play basketball for the University of Arizona. In his last collegiate season, Kerr helped the Wildcats reach the Final Four of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament in 1988. Along with future NBA teammate Sean Elliott, future NBA star Tom Tolbert, and future MLB All-Star Kenny Lofton, Kerr and the Wildcats beat Cornell in the first round 90-50. Arizona advanced to play Seton Hall in the second round, in which the Wildcats won 84-55. Moving on the the Sweet 16, Arizona defeated Iowa 99-79 to face UNC in the Elite 8. After beating the Tar Heels 70-52, the Wildcats fell to the Oklahoma Sooners 86-78 in the Final Four where Kerr led Arizona with five assists.
Willie Cauley-Stein (2012-15)
The Kings selected Willie Cauley-Stein with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft after the junior big man helped Kentucky defeat Hampton, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Notre Dame on its way to the Final Four. Cauley-Stein averaged 6.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks through the tournament, which ended for the Wildcats in the National Semifinals.