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

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 25 most memorable shots on the list:

1. Christian Laettner, Duke, 1992: His turnaround jumper off Grant Hill’s 75-foot inbounds pass beat Kentucky 104-103 in the East final.

2. Lorenzo Charles, North Carolina State, 1983: His dunk at the buzzer off Dereck Whittenburg’s air ball beat Houston 54-52 in the title game.

3. Michael Jordan, North Carolina, 1982: His 16-foot jumper with 15 seconds left produced a 63-62 lead over Georgetown in the title game, and the Tar Heels held on.

4. Keith Smart, Indiana, 1987: His 17-foot jumper with four seconds left beat Syracuse 74-73 in the title game.

5. Jerome Whitehead, Marquette, 1977: With three seconds left in a 49-49 game in the NCAA semifinals, Whitehead caught a deflected, fullcourt pass and tried to dunk. North Carolina-Charlotte’s Cornbread Maxwell blocked the shot, but it bounced off the backboard and through the net at the buzzer.

6. Mario Chalmers, Kansas, 2008: His in-traffic 3-pointer at the buzzer tied the game, capping a mighty KU comeback, and the Jayhawks beat Memphis in the title game.

7. U.S. Reed, Arkansas, 1981: His halfcourt shot at the buzzer beat Louisville 74-73 in the Midwest second round.

8. Rolando Blackman, Kansas State, 1981: His jumper at the buzzer beat top-seeded Oregon State 50-48 in the West second round.

9. John Smith, St. Joseph’s, 1981: His layup at the buzzer topped top-seeded DePaul 49-48 in the Mideast second round.

10. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso, 1998: “Pacer,” the play was called. A 60-foot inbounds, tipped by design to a streaking Drew, who hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Ole Miss 70-69 in a first-round game.

11. Tyus Edney, UCLA, 1995: A coast-to-coast drive in 4.8 seconds produced a layup at the buzzer that Missouri 75-74 in the West second round.

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by Berry Tramel
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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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