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NCAA Tournament: Remembering the 25 most memorable shots in 75 years of the NCAAs

To commemorate the 75-year anniversary of the NCAA Tournament, ESPN last year listed the 75 most memorable moments in tournament history. John Lucas’ shot to beat St. Joseph’s was among the top 25.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 30, 2014

12. Christian Laettner, Duke, 1990: His leaning 14-footer off an inbounds play with 2.6 seconds left beat UConn 79-78 in the East final.

13. Gabe Lewullis, Princeton, 1996: His backdoor layup in the final seconds upset fourth-seeded UCLA in a first-round game.

14. John Wallace, Syracuse, 1996: His 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime beat Georgia 83-81 in the West semifinals, ending a bevy of clutch shots.

15. Danny Ainge, BYU, 1981: His full-length drive in the final seconds led to a floater in the lane that beat Notre Dame 51-50 in the Midwest semifinals.

16. Rip Hamilton, Connecticut, 1998: His 8-foot fallaway at the buzzer beat Washington 75-74 in the East semifinals.

17. Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, 2009: His floater with 0.5 seconds left beat Pitt 78-76 in the East final.

18. Ali Farokhmanesh, Northern Iowa, 2010: His no-fear 3-pointer with 35 seconds left put Kansas in a four-point hole, and UNI went on to win 69-67 in the Midwest second round.

19. Tate George, Connecticut, 1990: His 15-footer at the buzzer, after catching an 80-foot pass, beat Clemson in the East semifinals.

20. Andre Turner, Memphis, 1985: His 17-footer in the closing seconds beat Boston College 59-57 in the Midwest semifinals, a game after Turner hit a similar shot to beat Alabama-Birmingham.

21. James Forrest, Georgia Tech, 1992: His turnaround 24-footer at the buzzer, the first 3-pointer of Forrest’s career, beat Southern Cal 79-78 in the Midwest second round.

22. John Lucas, Oklahoma State, 2004: His 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left put Saint Joseph’s in a 62-61 hole, and Jameer Nelson’s 17-footer at the buzzer bounced off in the East final.

23. Jermaine Wallace, Northwestern (La.) State, 2006: He ran down an offensive rebound in the corner, flung up a desperation 3-pointer as he fell out of bounds and saw it fall through for a 64-63 upset of Iowa in the first round.

24. Mike Miller, Florida, 2000: His 13-foot leaner at the buzzer beat Butler 69-68 in the first round.

25. Scotty Thurmond, Arkansas, 1994: His rainbow 3-pointer with 50 seconds left broke a 70-70 tie, and the Razorbacks went on to beat Duke 76-72 in the title game.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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