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Few things are more exciting than a game-winning play with no time left on the clock.
Even fewer things are more exciting than a game-winning buzzer-beater in March Madness.
With the 2017 NCAA tournament kicking off Tuesday night with the First Four play-in games, let’s take a trip down memory lane and relive some of the most exciting moments in March Madness history.
Kris Jenkins — Villanova vs. North Carolina, 2016 National Championship
What better place to start than last year’s title game for the ages? The Wildcats and Tar Heels were going back and forth for the final few minutes of the game. UNC’s Marcus Paige hit an off-balance three-pointer to tie the game at 74 with 4.7 seconds left. Then Ryan Arcidiacono made a perfect run to find an open Kris Jenkins for the win.
Christian Laettner — Duke vs. Kentucky, 1992 Elite Eight
Villanova will try to repeat as national champs this year, a feat that isn’t easy — just ask the 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils. It took one of the most iconic plays in the history of sports, but Laettner’s unforgettable shot propelled the Blue Devils to back-to-back NCAA tournament titles for the first time since UCLA’s 1967-1973 dynasty.
Christian Laettner — Duke vs. Connecticut, 1990 Elite Eight
Laettner’s 1992 shot was by far his most famous, but this 1990 shot to the heart — also in the Elite Eight — was no slouch.
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Paul Jesperson — Northern Iowa vs. Texas, 2016 Round of 64
Let’s go back to last year’s tournament and take another look at Paul Jesperson’s half-court prayer that sealed the deal for a Northern Iowa upset of Texas. After the Panthers missed a free throw to go up three with 11.9 seconds left, the Longhorns ran the court to tie the game with 2.7 seconds left. Northern Iowa had a timeout, but neglected to use it. Good call, coach.
Bryce Drew — Valparaiso vs. Ole Miss, 1998 Round of 64
What was better: the shot, the first pass or the second pass? Does it matter? Not really. This was incredible.
Richard Hamilton — Connecticut vs. Washington, 1998 Sweet 16
Rip Hamilton. Enough said.
Tate George — Connecticut vs. Clemson, 1990 Sweet 16
Tyus Edney — UCLA v. Missouri, 1995 Round of 32
The speed. The handle. The finish. Game. Blouses.
This list could go on and on. If we didn’t highlight your favorite shot, it’s probably here.
Enjoy the Madness!
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