Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

On March 15th, 2012, CJ McCollum was a popular figure in his hometown of Canton, Ohio and around Lehigh University. 

By the time the sun went down on the night of March 16th, 2012, the entire world knew his name. 

It was eight years ago today that McCollum exploded and led No.15 Lehigh to a shocking first-round upset of No.2 Duke in the NCAA Tournament. 

Duke, a perennial powerhouse and NCAA blue blood, had no answer for Lehigh's junior guard.

McCollum drained bucket after bucket, scoring a game-high 30 points. He also added six rebounds, six assists, and two steals. 

McCollum's performance helped Lehigh pick up the 75-70 victory that to this day remains one of the greatest upsets in the tournament's history.

Unfortunately, Lehigh was eliminated in the next round by Xavier.

The following year was cut short for McCollum after he broke his foot just 12 games into the season. 

However, his performance against Duke, and the fact he was averaging 23.9 points per game prior to his injury, still made McCollum a hot draft target. 

The Blazers saw the talent in McCollum and drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. 

The rest, they say, is Blazers' history. 

For all you CJ McCollum fans, you can relive the historic game against Duke tonight by following Lehigh Basketball on Twitter.