Best buzzer-beaters in March Madness history: Laettner, Jenkins or Suggs at No. 1?


March Madness is outlined by buzzer-beaters.

The sound alone is the promoting level for the NCAA Tournament. The ball going up. The horn going off. The response from the gamers, coaches and crowd (on each side) when that ball goes in. It’s wonderful each time you see it and can by no means get outdated.

Christian Laettner. Kris Jenkins. Lorenzo Charles. And now, Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs. The guard hit a buzzer-beater in the Final Four which gave the Bulldogs a 93-90 victory towards UCLA on Saturday.

These are the buzzer-beaters you consider first when March Madness rolls round — however not the one ones.

Sporting News ranked the perfect buzzer-beating pictures in the NCAA Tournament. These are the pictures that outline March Madness. Watch all of the clips. Relive these moments. And let’s hope we add a couple of extra to the listing this 12 months.

25. Adam Woodbury, Iowa

Matchup: No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 (2016 first spherical)

At the buzzer: Iowa and Temple had been knotted at 70 in time beyond regulation. The Hawkeyes had the final possession when Mike Gesell launched a shot from the nook in the ultimate seconds. Woodbury got here up with a two-handed tip for the victory.

Best half: Did he push off? Not on recreation level.

24. Don Reid, Georgetown

Matchup: No. 6 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Weber State (1995 second spherical)

At the buzzer: Georgetown was tied at 51 with Weber State with 7.4 seconds remaining when Allen Iverson launched a desperation leaner in the ultimate seconds. Don Reid grabbed the shot in the midair and redirected it into the basket to present the Hoyas a visit to the Sweet 16.

Best half: The tip-in itself. Reid’s physique management is wonderful.

23. Matt Howard, Butler

Matchup: No. 8 Butler vs. No. 9 Old Dominion (2011 first spherical)

At the buzzer: Old Dominion gave nationwide runner-up Butler all it wished in the primary spherical of the match, however they did not field out on the ultimate possession, which Howard put again in at the buzzer to present the Bulldogs a 60-58 victory.

Best half: Howard’s fast response from the foul line to get to the basketball. That helped the Bulldogs attain their second NCAA championship recreation in as a few years.

22. Danero Thomas, Murray State

Matchup: No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. No. 13 Murray State (2010 first spherical)

At the buzzer: The Racers trailed 65-64 with 4.2 seconds left earlier than an under-the-basket inbounds cross. Thomas bought the ball, took one dribble and swished the game-winning jumper.

Best half: The motion round Thomas earlier than the sport winner. He was not bothered at all.

21. Korie Lucious, Michigan State

Matchup: No. 4 Maryland vs. No. 5 Michigan State (2010 second spherical)

At the buzzer: Maryland took an 83-82 lead on Michigan State in the ultimate seconds. Instead of choosing a timeout, Draymond Green took the ball for the Spartans. He handed to Lucious, who drilled the game-winning 3-pointer. Michigan State used that shot to make a run to the Final Four.

Best half: The fast pump pretend earlier than the shot. Lucious stayed calm the entire method by.

20. Mike Miller, Florida

Matchup: No. 5 Florida vs. No. 12 Butler (2000 first spherical)

At the buzzer: Butler led Florida 68-67 with 7.7 seconds left. Teddy Dupay dribbled down the ground earlier than passing to Miller, who hit an off-balance leaner between Bulldog defenders at the buzzer. The Gators would make a run to the nationwide championship recreation.

Best half: Miller is nearly touching the ground when the shot goes off.

19. Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin

Matchup: No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 7 Wisconsin (2016 second spherical)

At the buzzer: The Badgers and Musketeers had been tied at 63 with two seconds left when Koenig wheeled round the best baseline earlier than taking pictures a fadeaway 3-pointer in the nook. It swished for a 66-63 victory to ship the Badgers to the Sweet 16.

Best half: Koenig hit the shot in entrance of his personal bench, which made for a simple celebration.

18. Drew Nicholas, Maryland

Matchup: No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 UNC-Wilmington (2003 first spherical)

At the buzzer: The Terps trailed 73-72 to UNC-Wilmington with 5 seconds left earlier than Nicholas dribbled to the three-point line and launched a fade-away 3-pointer because the buzzer sounded. The senior nailed it for a 75-73 victory. Maryland would make the Sweet 16.

Best half: Nicholas heading down the tunnel after making the shot.

17. Ty Rogers, Western Kentucky

Matchup: No. 5 Drake vs. No. 12 Western Kentucky (2008 first spherical)

At the buzzer: WKU and Drake performed an time beyond regulation thriller, and the Hilltoppers trailed 99-98 with 5.7 seconds left. That’s when Tyrone Brazelton raced down the ground earlier than pitching again to Rogers, who drilled the 26-footer for a 101-99 victory.

Best half: It’s loads just like the play Villanova would use in the NCAA championship recreation towards North Carolina in 2016 (which is likely to be on this listing a bit later).

16. Kenton Paulino, Texas

Matchup: No. 2 Texas vs. No. 6 West Virginia (2006 Sweet 16)

At the buzzer: West Virginia’s Kevin Pittsnogle drilled a game-tying 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining, however Paulino answered with a long-range 3-pointer because the buzzer sounded to present the Longhorns the victory.

Best half: John Beilein’s stoic response to the bang-bang 3-pointers to finish the sport. That’s OK. He had a unique response on the subsequent buzzer-beater on this listing.

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15. Jordan Poole, Michigan

Matchup: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 6 Houston (2018 second spherical)

At the buzzer: Houston led 63-61 with 3.6 seconds left when Isaiah Livers ripped a cross to Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman at half court docket. Rahkman handed to Poole, who swished a 30-footer at the buzzer. Michigan used that run to make their second Final Four below Beilein.

Best half: Poole’s scissor kick and Beilein’s affirmation that the freshman had an “overdose of swag.”

14. Chris Chiozza, Florida

Matchup: No. 4 Florida vs. No. 8 Wisconsin (2017 Sweet 16)

At the buzzer: The Gators trailed Wisconsin 83-81 with 5 seconds left, when Chiozza tumbled down the court docket earlier than launching an off-balance 3-pointer. It went in and despatched the Gators to the Elite Eight.

Best half: The rainbow trajectory of the 3-pointer. You knew it was going in, one way or the other, when it left Chiozza’s hand.

13. James Forrest, Georgia Tech

Matchup: No. 2 USC vs. No. 7 Georgia Tech (1992 second spherical)

At the buzzer: The Yellow Jackets trailed 78-76 with 0.8 seconds left, and Forrest referred to as for the ball after a botched inbounds play. He catches and launches the three over two USC defenders.

Best half: Forrest clapping his fingers calling for the ball and the celebration afterward. It would not get significantly better than that.

12. Richard Hamilton, UConn

Matchup: No. 2 UConn vs. No. 11 Washington (1998 Sweet 16)

At the buzzer: Washington led 74-73 on the sport’s remaining possession, however Khalid El-Amin dished to Jake Voskuhl, who missed a shot in the lane. Hamilton missed too, however the ball was tipped forwards and backwards a number of occasions in the ultimate seconds. He grabbed the ball and nailed a fadeaway at the buzzer for the victory.

Best half: Hamilton sliding nicely previous the 3-point line after the ball falls by the ring.

11. Mamadi Diakite, Virginia

Matchup: No. 1 Virgina vs. No. 3 Purdue (2019 Elite Eight)

At the buzzer: Virginia trailed 70-68 with 5.9 seconds left, when Ty Jerome missed a free throw. Kihei Clark chased down the miss, nonetheless, and whipped a three-quarter court docket cross to Diakite, who hit the game-tying shot at the buzzer. Virginia gained 80-75 in time beyond regulation.

Best half: The pace in which the ultimate sequence unfurls, however Clark’s reference to Diakite is the perfect half by far. It’s a game-tying shot. The remainder of the pictures on this listing are game-winners.

10. Tate George, UConn

Matchup: No. 1 UConn vs. No. 5 Clemson (1990 Sweet 16)

At the buzzer: Clemson led UConn 70-69 with one second remaining when Scott Burrell heaved a full-court cross to George, who caught the ball on the best baseline for a desperation shot that fell at the buzzer.

Best half: The quick-fire shot. How did George get that off in one second? Unfortunately for the Huskies, this is not even the perfect buzzer-beater from The Meadowlands that weekend. The subsequent one is.

9. Christian Laettner, Duke

Matchup: No. 1 UConn vs. No. 3 Duke (1990 Elite Eight)

At the buzzer: UConn led Duke 73-72 in time beyond regulation in the identical regional, however Laettner took a fast cross off his personal inbound, double-pumped and buried a jumper that despatched the Blue Devils to the Final Four. Duke would make the primary of three straight NCAA championship video games.

Best half: This is not even Laettner’s finest match buzzer-beater — however you already knew that.

8. Paul Jesperson, Northern Iowa

Matchup: No. 11 Northern Iowa vs. No. 6 Texas (2016 first spherical)

At the buzzer: Texas tied the rating with 2.7 seconds remaining. Instead of choosing timeout, Jesperson cut up two defenders earlier than launching a half-court shot, which banked in for a 75-72 victory.

Best half: Did he name financial institution?

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7. U.S. Reed, Arkansas

Matchup: No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 5 Arkansas (1981 second spherical)

At the buzzer: Reed took an inbound cross to half court docket earlier than launching a desperation heave that gave Arkansas a 74-73 victory over defending nationwide champion Louisville.

Best half: It was seen as a part of a dwell cut-in on the tv broadcast. Which is healthier: Bryant Gumbel’s flawless transition, or the horn going off for at least 15 seconds? This was a part of a day when NBC confirmed this, No. 1 seed DePaul dropping to St. Joe’s and Kansas State knocking off Oregon State on a jumper by Rolando Blackman. In different phrases, it launched the world to “March Madness.”

6. Tyus Edney, UCLA

Matchup: No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 8 Missouri (1995 second spherical)

At the buzzer: The Bruins trailed Missouri 75-74 with 4.8 seconds remaining when Edney raced coast-to-coast for a layup at the buzzer. UCLA went on to beat defending nationwide champion Arkansas 89-78 to win the nationwide championship.

Best half: The behind-the-back dribble at midcourt Edney makes use of to seamlessly change instructions earlier than delivering the game-winning basket.

5. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

Matchup: No. 4 Ole Miss vs. No. 13 Valparaiso (1998 first spherical)

At the buzzer: Valpo trailed Ole Miss 69-67 with 2.5 seconds left. Jamie Sykes threw a three-quarter-court cross to Bill Jenkins, who completely timed one other midair cross to Drew in transition. It arrange for a powerful, game-winning 3-pointer.

Best half: The precision of the passing. It’s the last word out-of-bounds play.

4. Lorenzo Charles, N.C. State

Matchup: No. 6 N.C. State vs. No. 1 Houston (1983 NCAA championship)

At the buzzer: With the rating tied at 52 in the ultimate seconds towards Houston, N.C. State’s Dereck Whittenburg launched a deep jumpshot — which Lorenzo Charles plucked out of the air behind Akeem Olajuwon — and dunked for the game-winning basket.

Best half: Jim Valvano operating round The Pit afterward searching for somebody to hug.

3. Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga

Matchup: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA (2021 Final Four)

At the buzzer: UCLA and Gonzaga performed an immediate basic in the Final Four, and the Bruins tied the rating at 90 on a Johnny Juzang layup with 3.3 seconds left. Suggs took the inbounds cross, dribbled previous halfcourt and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that despatched the Bulldogs to the nationwide championship recreation with a 93-90 time beyond regulation win.

Best half: The shot stored Gonzaga’s good season intact.

2. Kris Jenkins, Villanova

Matchup: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 2 Villanova (2016 NCAA championship)

At the buzzer: The Wildcats had been tied with North Carolina with 4.1 seconds remaining because of an extremely clutch shot by UNC’s Marcus Paige. Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono raced down the ground earlier than flipping again to Jenkins, who shot the game-winning 3-pointer for a 77-74 victory.

Best half: The explosions and confetti, which clinched Villanova’s first championship since 1985.

1. Christian Laettner, Duke

Matchup: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Kentucky (1992 Elite Eight)

At the buzzer: Duke trailed by one to Kentucky. Grant Hill delivered a full-court cross to Laettner, who hit a turn-around jumper at the buzzer to present the Blue Devils the 104-103 time beyond regulation victory in one of many best video games — if not the best recreation — ever performed. Duke went on to win the second of back-to-back nationwide championships.

Best half: Take your choose. The cross. The shot. Verne Lundquist belting out, “Yessss!” The truth Laettner completed 10 of 10 from the sector and 10 of 10 from the road says all of it. This is the proper “10” of buzzer-beaters, and the shot that finest defines March Madness.




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