Our next matchup features Lorenzo Charles’ iconic buzzer beater to win the 1983 NCAA Tournament against Mike Miller’s 2000 buzzer beater vs. Butler.
(About :20 into the video)
UPDATE: In no surprise, Charles moves on by a vote of 6-0.
This first matchup is a 1 vs. 8 seed matchup.
The one seed is Christian Laettner’s famous shot vs UK in the 1992 NCAA Tournament, where Duke went on to win the National Title.
The next shot is from 2008. It features the 12-seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers upsetting the 5-seed Drake.
UPDATE: In a monumental upset, Rogers moves on by a vote of 4-2. Duke schadenfreude runs strong.
Link to our best buzzer beaters bracket. You must make a MyBrackets account to view.
Pat Forsythe, a WVU true freshman forward was granted medical hardship by the Big East after having back spasms and eventually an ankle fracture. Then he goes out and steals debit cards from other WVU students and was charged with petit larceny. After it looked like his first season was going to be down the drain, he was (surprisingly) granted medical hardship. I’m sure Pat, Coach Huggins, and WVU fans are happy to hear this news. Hopefully he doesn’t screw it up.
(The picture via Thomas Beisner’s Twitter account.)
All season long, there has been a different feeling in the air in Kentucky.
After 14 long tortuous years, highlighted by Billy Cylde’s NIT appearance, one could believe that it could be years until UK was restored to former glory. I for one, thought this, given that the last time Kentucky won the National Championship I was in diapers.
Insert John Calipari, who set Kentucky on a fast track to greatness. Though his career has been highlighted by two mistakes that he had little to do with, and not being able to win it all, one of these things has been changed. There are always the “haters” that cry out about Cal’s sleaziness, his past recruiting violations, and his usage of “one-and-done” players. However, I know that UK fans care little about what they say now.
After the 2009-2010 season, and a devastating loss to West Virginia’s 1-3-1 defense, fans were already looking forward to 2011-2012 season. Last years season was sort of looked upon as a “rebuilding” year, despite another top recruiting class. Unexpectedly, that 2011 NCAA Tournament was probably the most fun I have ever had watching Kentucky basketball. It was nice being the underdog for a change. But of course, that season ended in disappointment as well, with a loss to eventual champ UCONN in the Final Four.
Everyone just knew that this season would be different. The talent level of this team was unreal. With freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, and Kyle Wiltjer coming in, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb coming back for another year, and perhaps most importantly of all, SEC Sixth Man of the Year, senior Darius Miller, you just knew this was a special group. I mean, Kyle Wiltjer, a five star recruit, averaged 11.6 minutes a game as the 7th man on this team. Nearly anywhere else in the country, he would have been in the starting lineup.
And it wasn’t just the talent this team had, it was the heart. The unselfishness, the desire, the unity. It was MKG giving up his place in the starting lineup for Darius Miller in the SEC Championship. It was three year starter Darius Miller accepting a bench role to help the team. It was the talk of playing for your teammates that we all heard continuously in press conferences. Even someone who hates Kentucky could respect that.
Watching this team in the tournament this year, I just had a feeling they wouldn’t lose. When Iowa State came back and tied the game, when they were only up by three over Indiana at halftime, when they were down 10-5 early to Baylor, when Louisville tied the game, and when Kansas was chipping away at the Cat’s lead, I could not have imagined a loss in any of those games. Was I nervous? Extremely. But I knew this team was different.
All this culminated in watching Kentucky hang another championship banner yesterday afternoon, and I couldn’t have been happier.
-Ethan Aldridge (@ealdridge525)
Another year, another disappointing end to the seasons of all Big Ten teams.
You know how long it’s been since a Big Ten team has been able to stand atop college basketball and watch “One Shining Moment” where they AREN’T crying in it? Twelve years. Twelve long years for Jim Delaney, Tom Izzo, Thad Matta, Tubby Smith, Bo Ryan, etc.
Two out of the past 24 champions have been Big Ten Schools (MSU and Michigan).
Next year’s schedule reveals that UofL plays seven home games and their non-conference games include Southern Miss, UK, UNC, and Missouri St, and FIU.
UofL lost to FIU last year in FIU’s first win against a BCS Conference Team. Louisville will also play new Big East-Addition Temple for the first time since 2006.
* = Big East game
|2012 Louisville Football|
|Sept. 1||Kentucky||Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium|
|Sept. 8||Missouri St||Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium|
|Sept. 15||UNC (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)||Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium|
|Sept. 22||at FIU||Miami, Fla.|
|Sept. 29||at Southern Miss||Hattiesburg, Miss.|
|Oct. 13||at Pitt*||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|Oct. 20||USF*||Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium|
|Oct. 26 (Fri)||Cincinnati* (ESPN/ESPN2)||8:00 p.m.||Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium|
|Nov. 3||Temple*||Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium|
|Nov. 10||at Syracuse*||Syracuse, N.Y.|
|Nov. 24||UConn*||Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium|
|Nov 29 (Thur.)||at Rutgers* (ESPN)||7:30 p.m.||Piscataway, N.J.|