On top of upsets, the Final Four, and Cinderella stories, there is one thing that March Madness is known for:
Nearly every NCAA Tournament we are treated to another marvel that is a mix of athleticism and a little bit of luck.
Whether they are a No. 15 seed overtaking a No. 2, or a simple No. 8/ No. 9 matchup, there is nothing that beats the enjoyment of a ball going through the net at the last possible second. There is a reason why they call it March Madness.
Already we have our first buzzer-beater of the 2018 NCAA Tournament with Donte Ingram making a straightway three-pointer to give us the first upset of big dance.
Although it was not technically a buzzer-beater (0.3 seconds were added on to the clock), it makes the list.
Hopefully, another memorable gem will get added to this list, but as of today here are the ten most memorable buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history.
Most-Memorable Buzzer-Beaters in NCAA Tournament history
No. 10 Georgetown vs. Weber State, 1995 Second Round
Don Reid gets us started with a lay-in off the airball to end a magical run for Weber State.
No. 9 Texas vs. West Virginia, 2006 Sweet 16
The composure of Texas and Kenton Paulino to prevent Kevin Pittsnogle from going down in NCAA history.
No. 8 UCLA vs. Missouri, 1995 Second Round
No one could stop Tyus Edney as he just took the ball down the court for UCLA.
No. 7 Northern Iowa vs. Texas, 2016 First Round
It goes down a couple of pegs because if he didn’t hit it the game was going to overtime. But we all know Paul Jesperson’s name because of this.
No. 6 Connecticut vs. Clemson, 1990 Sweet 16
Sometimes you do everything right defensively and luck prevails.
No. 5 Arkansas vs. Louisville, 1981 Second Round
After the Louisville Cardinals hit the go-ahead basket with five seconds to go, U.S. Reed from Arkansas took the ball up to half-court and threw up a heave that would upset the defending National Champions.
No. 4 Valparaiso vs. Ole Miss, 1998 First Round
There are so many things to love on this play. Beautiful basketball for Valparaiso
No. 3 Duke vs. Kentucky, 1992 Elite Eight
Labeled as ‘The Shot’ and one of the most iconic videos in sports history. Christian Laettner gave us another reason to hate him.
No. 2 NC State vs. Houston, 1983 National Championship Game
How do you give up ‘The Dunk’ on the final play of the National Championship Game? I don’t know but it further cemented Jim Valvano and Lorenzo Charles legacy in college basketball. A buzzer-beater for the national championship is every sports fan dream. It will not ever be beat….
No. 1 Villanova vs. North Carolina, 2016 National Championship Game
Kris Jenkins lived that dream as well.
Georgia Tech vs. Oklahoma State, 2004 Final Four
Maryland vs. UNC-Wilmington, 2003 First Round
Northwestern vs. Iowa, 2006 First Round
Georgia Tech vs. USC, 1992 Second Round
Wisconsin vs. Xavier, 2016 Second Round
Connecticut vs. Washington, 1998 Sweet 16
Duke vs. Connecticut, 1990 Elite Eight
Western Kentucky vs. Drake, 2008 First Round
Florida vs. Wisconsin, 2017 Sweet 16