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10. Mike Miller: Florida vs. Butler - 2000
  • Miller hit a runner in the lane as time expired and lifted the Gators over Butler, 69-68, in overtime.

  • The first-round win sparked Florida to a 2000 NCAA Championship game appearance where they lost to Michigan State.

  • Currently with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. Known for his ability to hit the three-pointer.

  • Taken with the 5th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

  • 2001 Schick Rookie of the Year Award.

  • Won NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 2005-06 NBA season.

9. Drew Nicholas: Maryland vs. UNCW - 2003
  • Nicholas kept Maryland's title-defense dreams alive when he took an inbounds pass the length of the court and weaved his way through defenders before swishing a running, fade-away three-pointer at the buzzer with 2 defenders draped all over him.

  • Gave the sixth-seeded Terrapins a 75-73 first-round win over No.11 UNC Wilmington.

  • Selected in the 2003 USBL Draft by Texas Rim Rockers.

  • Currently plays guard for Efes Pilsen SK in Turkey.

8. Danny Ainge: BYU vs. Notre Dame - 1981
Danny Ainge BYU
  • Ainge went the entire length of the court and lofted in a finger roll at the buzzer to upset No. 2 Notre Dame.

  • Terrible Irish defense.  Nobody got in his way.

  • Went on to NBA and MLB careers. Played for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, and in the NBA for the Celtics, Kings, Trail Blazers, and Suns.

  • Twice lost to the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals, once with Portland and the year following with the Phoenix Suns.

  • Currently GM for the Boston Celtics.

7. Tate George: UConn vs. Clemson - 1990
Tate George 1990
  • After Clemson scored a 3-pointer with just 1.6 seconds left, George caught a full-court pass, landed, turned and drilled a fall-away jumper to send the UConn Huskies to a 71-70 win over Clemson in the East Regional semifinals.

  • Tate George was drafted 22nd overall in 1990 by the New Jersey Nets.

  • George also played with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.

6. Richard Hamilton: UConn vs. Washington - 1998
Richard Hamilton UCONN 1998
  • Hamilton finished off a wild game against Washington in dramatic fashion. After the Huskies missed three put-back attempts, the ball bounced out to Hamilton, who launched a 15-footer as he tripped and fell backward.

  • Now nicknamed ‘Rip,’ Richard currently plays for the Detroit Pistons

  • 1999 NBA Lottery pick of the Washington Wizards.

  • Won 2004 NBA Championship with the Pistons, and was the team’s leading scorer.

5. Tyus Edney: UCLA vs. Missouri - 1995
  • After taking an inbound pass 4.8 seconds left, Edney drove coast-to-coast and dribbled behind his back before tossing up a layup off the glass to beat the Tigers at the buzzer.

  • Gave the Bruins a 75-74 win over Missouri in a second-round.

  • Later in the tournament against UConn, Edney had another full court run and drained a 25-foot 3-pointer en route to a 102-96 victory.

  • UCLA went on to win the title.

  • Drafted in 1995 in the second round by the Sacramento Kings and has bounced around the NBA and European professional leagues.

4. Bryce Drew: Valparaiso vs. Ole Miss- 1998
Bryce Drew Valpo
  • Valpo ran the hook-and-ladder, and executed the last-second play to precision.

  • Drew drilled a three-pointer at the horn for a 70-69 first-round win over Ole Miss.

  • Arguably best player in Valpo school history.

  • First Round pick of the Houston Rockets in 1998. First ever first round pick from Valparaiso.  

  • Played 6 years in the NBA and 1 in Europe before returning to coach at his alma mater.

3. Lorenzo Charles: N.C. State vs. Houston - 1983
  • Tied 52-52 against favored Houston with time running down in the NCAA title game, point guard Derek Whittenburg heaved up a prayer 30-footer from NBA 3-point range.

  • Charles caught the air ball and dunked it at the buzzer, ally-oop style.

  • Defeated a team that included NBA perennial All-Stars Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon and the rest of Phi Slama Jama.

  • Played for the NBA Atlanta Hawks, a number of European teams as well as for the USBL’s Raleigh Cougars.

2. Keith Smart: Indiana vs. Syracuse - 1987
  • Smart scored 12 of his team's final 15 points

  • With time running out, he dribbled to the baseline and nailed a 12-footer that gave the Hoosiers a 74-73 win over the Syracuse Orangemen.

  • Played 2 games in the NBA for the Spurs, and 6 seasons in the CBA

  • Also had stops in the World Basketball League as well as the Philippines.

  • Currently an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

1. Christian Laettner: Duke vs. Kentucky - 1992
  • With 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime, Duke trailed 103-102. Grant Hill threw a pass the length of the court to Christian Laettner, who dribbled once, turned, and hit a jumper as time expired for the 104-103 win.

  • Rick Pitino’s Wildcats came back from a double digit deficit only to fall on this miracle shot. 

  • Considered one of the greatest college players of all time. Played in 4 consecutive Final Fours.

  • Played 13 seasons in the NBA beginning with the Minnesota Timberwolves as the 3rd pick in the 1992 draft.

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