5 Buzzer Beaters that Shocked the Country

By Noah White, senior

1981 Arkansas defeats Louisville

Razorback fans will never forget March 14, 1981 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when U.S. Reed sank a half court shot as time expired from the game clock, defeating the 1980 national champions, the Louisville Cardinals.


Arkansas beats Louisville

1987 IU defeats UNC

The 1987 NCAA championship game took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Indiana Hoosiers and the North Carolina Tar Heels battled throughout the game until the final six seconds when Keith Smart hit the game winning shot.

IU beats UNC

1992 Duke defeats Kentucky

The 1992 championship game has earned the title, “the shot” when Christian Laettner grabbed an inbounded ball, turned and hit a jump shot in front of Kentucky’s defense with 2.1 seconds remaining.



2010 Michigan State defeats Maryland

Maryland was on top of Michigan State 83-82 with 6.6 seconds remaining inside a charged Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Spartans inbounded the ball after a layup from the Terrapins to put them one point ahead of Michigan State. Michigan State drove the ball down the court and Korie Lucious hit the game winning three-pointer and secured a national championship for the Spartans, with a final score of 85-83.

Michigan State beats Maryland

2016 Villanova defeats UNC

After a year full of upsets and busted brackets, the national championship came down to Villanova and North Carolina in Houston, Texas. Tied at 74 points with 4.7 seconds left in the game, Villanova’s point guard Ryan Arcidiacono inbounded the ball, drove it down the court and then passed it to Kris Jenkins who eventually hit the game winning three-point shot to secure Villanova the NCAA championship (usatoday.com).

Villanova beats UNC


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