What a year we had on the college basketball side of things, and to trim down the list of memorable moments to 3 was very, very tough, but these 3 definitely stick out to me and we’re collectively jaw dropping for the sports world. Here are my top 3 moments of the year from the world of college basketball.
- Kansas Comeback
The Kansas Jayhawks were down 14 points with 3 minutes to go to West Virginia in the normally friendly confines of Phog Allen Fieldhouse. The 12 time defending Big 12 champs, who would go on to make it 13, went on a run for the ages and ripped off a 21-7 run in the final 3 minutes to force overtime and win the game, leaving Bob Huggins and the entire state of West Virginia in shock. Devonte Graham was absolutely insane down the stretch, burying clutch shot after clutch shot.
- Florida stuns Wisconsin in Sweet 16
After knocking off defending champions Villanova in the Round of 32, the Badgers were on a high and seemed to be tapping into their March magic yet again. Then came Florida and the magic of Madison Square Garden. Nigel Hayes knocked down both free throws with 4 seconds remaining in OT to give the Badgers the advantage, only to have Chris Chiozza fly down the court and heave up one handed floater as he was falling down from beyond the arc to give the Gators an 84-83 victory.
- UNC/Kentucky Elite 8 game
There were too many moments in this game to narrow it down to one specific memorable one. Many will only remember the Luke Maye shot at the death to send UNC to the Final Four, but we cannot forget the comeback Kentucky made, down 7 with just under a minute to go, Kentucky went on a tear, highlighted by three pointers from De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. Justin Jackson would go on to make it a 3 point lead, but would miss the one and one, leading to Monk drilling a shot over the defense of Luke Maye and Jackson…what took place next would give Kentucky fans nightmares of the famous Christian Laettner shot. Theo Pinson would drive to the bucket and dish out to a wide open Luke Maye, who drilled the shot with only 0.3 to go to give the Tar Heels the win and a birth in the Final Four, which as we know propelled them all the way to winning the title.