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.
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.