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Most memorable buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history

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Most memorable buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history

On top of upsets, the Final Four, and Cinderella stories, there is one thing that March Madness is known for:

Buzzer-beaters.

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.

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Already we have our first buzzer-beater of the 2018 NCAA Tournament with Donte Ingram making a straightaway three-pointer to give us the first upset of big dance. Loyola's first win en route to making the Final Four.

Although it was not technically a buzzer-beater (0.3 seconds were added on to the clock), it makes the list. 

And here we have another Final Four team with Michigan's Jordan Poole in the Second Round:

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.

Honorable Mentions:

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

 

Dayton vs. Richmond: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to watch

Dayton vs. Richmond: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to watch

The Dayton Flyers and the Richmond Spiders are set to battle in a key Atlantic 10 matchup. 

Dayton has carried the banner for the Atlantic 10 conference this season. Wins over Georgia and Virginia Tech, paired with a neutral-site overtime loss to Kansas vaulted them quickly into the national conversation quickly. With NBA prospect Obi Toppin leading the way, it's hard to imagine a team topping them. 

In the Atlantic 10, No. 7 Dayton (17-2, 6-0) is unbeaten. Their assumed biggest test was VCU and they handled them by 14 points. 

But Richmond (15-4, 5-1) is sneaky good. Beating Wisconsin in an early-season tournament gave the Spiders a key nonconference win. If they can keep it together and avoid bad losses, the postseason may be in their future. 

The Spiders will have to do it without their leading scorer Blake Francis though. He is out for the next month or so after a sternum injury

Postseason implications are surely on the line. 

Dayton vs. Richmond: How to Watch

Who: Dayton Flyers (17-2, 6-0) vs. Richmond Spiders(15-4, 5-1)

What: Atlantic 10 basketball on NBC Sports Washington

When: Saturday, January 25, 6 p.m. ET. 

Where: Robins Center, Richmond, Va

TV Channel: You can watch Dayton vs. Richmond on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington Live Player

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William & Mary to retire Marcus Thornton's No. 3 jersey on Feb. 15

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William & Mary to retire Marcus Thornton's No. 3 jersey on Feb. 15

Former William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton will have his Tribe legacy officially honored on Feb. 15, when the program will hold a ceremony to raise to the rafters and retire his No. 3 jersey the school announced Friday.

The ceremony for the program’s all-time leading scorer and 2014-15 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American will be held at halftime of William & Mary’s game against Delaware at Kaplan Arena.

“Feb. 15 is going to be a memorable day at Kaplan Arena as we honor Marcus by adding his No. 3 to its rightful place in W&M lore,” Athletic Director Samantha Huge said. “We look forward to Tribe fans joining us as we honor a Tribe basketball icon.”

Thornton’s No. 3 jersey will be the sixth in the rafters at Kaplan Arena, joining Keith Cieplicki’s No. 14, Bill Chambers’ No. 32, Chet Giermak’s No. 32, John Lowenhaupt’s No. 42 and Jeff Cohen’s No. 52.

During his four-year career with the Tribe spanning from 2011-2015, Thornton broke several program records. He leads William & Mary’s program in scoring (2,178 points), made 3-pointers (325), games played (127), minutes played (4,328), minutes per game (34.1) and made threes per game (2.55).

Thornton was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year during his senior season, when he averaged 20 points per game. He was the first Tribe player to garner that honor in program history.

After that year, the Boston Celtics selected Thornton in the second round of the NBA Draft with the 45th pick.

Since being drafted, Thornton has spent time on summer league teams for the Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder, and played in the NBA G-League. His career has included international stops in Australia, Italy, China, Turkey and South Korea. He currently plays professionally in the France Jeep Elite A League with Elan Chalon.

“I’m excited and looking forward to returning to William & Mary to celebrate this great moment with those who have helped along the way — family, friends and, of course, the Tribe family,” Thornton said in the press release.

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