Since the NCAA Tournament first came to Provo in 1962, the tournament has come through Utah 26 times.

Since then, the tournament has been played in Provo, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Logan.

Utah has hosted the NCAA Tournament finals only once in 1979. Magic Johnson and Michigan State squared off against Larry Bird and Indiana State giving birth to one of the greatest rivalries in sports history.

With the early rounds of the 2013 tournament set to be played in Salt Lake City, here is a look back at some of the greatest games of the NCAA tournament in Utah.

2010 - Butler defeats Syracuse and Kansas State

As impressive a run as any by a mid-major team, Butler and future Jazzman Gordon Hayward took down top seed Syracuse and second seed Kansas State at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City.

The Bulldogs would eventually advance to the national championship game in Indianapolis, losing to Duke in the final seconds by a basket.

According to an analysis by ESPN, Hayward, who missed the potentially game winning shot with 3 seconds remaining, was off by three inches, or less than one degree, on the x-axis.

2000 - Wisconsin defeats Arizona

The eight seed Wisconsin Badgers upset the top seed Arizona Wildcats in Salt Lake City to advance to the schools first sweet sixteen.

The Badgers hadn't won two games in an NCAA tournament since winning the national championship in 1941. The Wildcats were the first No. 1 seed in two years to lose in the second round.

1994 - Wisconsin-Green Bay defeats California

During the opening round of 1994 tournament in Ogden, little known twelve seed Wisconsin-Green Bay upset the fifth seed California Golden Bears 61-57.

Wisconsin-Green Bay led by as much as 18 at one point and survived a late 21-3 run by Cal to hold on for the upset.

1990 - Ball State upsets Oregon State and Louisville

Twelve seed Ball state upset five seed Oregon State and four seed Louisville on an impressive run to the sweet sixteen in Salt Lake City helping begin the mid-major revolution.

Ball state, which won both games by a combined total of three points, would lose to eventual champions UNLV by one basket.

1988 - Loyola Marymount vs. Wyoming

In 1988, ten seed Loyola Marymount defeated seven seed Wyoming 119-115 in Salt Lake City in what was then the highest scoring game in NCAA history.

The game was Loyola's first tournament win in school history.

1984 - Dayton vs. Oklahoma

During the 1984 tournament, ten seed Dayton started their cinderella run to the elite eight by beating Oklahoma in Salt Lake City 89-85.

Senior Roosevelt Chapman scored 41 points to lead the team, who would lose in the elite eight to eventual champion Georgetown.

1971 - UCLA defeats Long Beach State

From 1967-73, UCLA put together an impressive 38-game playoff winning streak.

The streak nearly came to a premature end as the Bruins overcame an 11-point deficit and 29 percent field-goal shooting to defeat Long Beach State 57-55 in Salt Lake City.

1977 - Idaho State upsets UCLA

Idaho State upset the second-ranked Bruins, 76-75, in Provo during the 1977 tournament.

Heavily favored UCLA was trying to make their 11th consecutive Final Four appearance. Four of ISU starters, Steve Hayes, Jeff Cook, Greg Griffin and Ed Thompson, were NBA draft picks.

1993 - Santa Clara upsets Arizona

The 15th-seeded Santa Clara Broncos were 20-point underdogs against Arizona. The Broncos survived a mid-game run of 25 straight points by Arizona to hold on for a 64-61 win in Salt Lake City.

Point guard Steve Nash made six consecutive free throws in the final minutes to help seal the victory.

The win was so unexpected that the Broncos were almost thrown out of their hotel, as their rooms had been booked with tournament goers in anticipation of a loss.

1979 Finals - The birth of a rivalry

The 1979 tournament finals in Salt Lake City, is regarded as the starting point for one of the greatest rivalries in sports history.

Michigan State took on Indiana State led by future hall of famers Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Larry Bird. Johnson and the Spartans came out victorious pulling off a 75-64 victory.

The game was the highest rated in NCAA tournament history and is credited with introducing a nationwide audience to march madness and vaulting the NCAA tournament to unprecedented popularity.