It is March Madness season. It brings some of the best moments in all of sports. We are lucky to have it back this year and it’s in full swing. There have already been a lot of upsets, truly reminding us why they call it March Madness. In honor of March Madness, I want to showcase my personal recent top 3 buzzer-beating shots from the tourney.Before we get into it, a lot of these are relatively recent, within the past 5 years or so. They are all shots I witnessed live and got to experience. So please don’t give me shit for not including older shots and whatnot. These are just some of my favorites and not really in any specific order.
Number 1: Northern Iowa vs. Texas – Paul Jesperson
This one was pretty damn crazy. The game was tied up and looked to be heading to OT but it was a HALF COURT shot for the win. It really doesn’t get much crazier than that as far as buzzer-beaters go. It was Northern Iowa (11) vs Texas (6) in the first round of the 2016 tourney. The stadium packed with fans really made this shot special, maybe we will return to that soon. Here it is:
Number 2: 2016 National Championship – Marcus PaigeThis shot is iconic, because of how big the moment was and because of what happened after this shot. The year was 2016 and it was North Carolina (1) vs Villanova (2) in the National Championship. The Tar Heels were down by 3 with about 12 seconds left and Marcus Paige came down the floor and hit this crazy off-balance 3 to tie the game.
Number 3: 2016 National Championship – Kris Jenkins
This may be the best and biggest shot in recent tourney history. At least since I became infatuated with the tourney I really can’t remember something as big as this. If I’m wrong, let me know. This shot was immediately after the Marcus Paige shot and completely took the spotlight away from that, people probably don’t even remember it because of this shot.People will tell me there were other better shots and I’m sure there are. These are just personally my favorite and most memorable from when I started getting hardcore into it. I am sure you agree at least a little bit. Now let’s enjoy the rest of this year’s tourney and maybe win some money along the way.
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