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 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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWRZv8EsmGU
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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=5hdWdvsQE9w
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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suG5MRdHmSI
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 Valparaisohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Rm_eAiV4dA
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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=J3_IT622Sbc
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….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICZ8HO8c9bw
No. 1 Villanova vs. North Carolina, 2016 National Championship Game
Kris Jenkins lived that dream as well.
Georgia Tech vs. Oklahoma State, 2004 Final Fourhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suG5MRdHmSI
Maryland vs. UNC-Wilmington, 2003 First Roundhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2M-nIl-mc8
Northwestern vs. Iowa, 2006 First Roundhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ktjk9HsnMA
Georgia Tech vs. USC, 1992 Second Roundhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9coEYtnDeA
Wisconsin vs. Xavier, 2016 Second Round
Connecticut vs. Washington, 1998 Sweet 16https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=26&v=50771TzS3Xo
Duke vs. Connecticut, 1990 Elite Eighthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=4DD2fEEVVMk
Western Kentucky vs. Drake, 2008 First Round
Florida vs. Wisconsin, 2017 Sweet 16