The Best of the Buzzer Beaters
From a rookie named Michael Jordan to Christian Laettner’s miracle jumper, watch the most heartstopping moments in NCAA tournament history.
1982: A Kid Named Jordan Comes Through in the Clutch
Before Michael Jordan was Michael Jordan he made a name for himself with this game-winning jumper with 13 seconds left that sent Georgetown to defeat.
1983: Jimmy V’s Wolfpack Shock Phi Slamma Jamma
Talk about never giving up. N.C. State’s Lorenzo Charles' tip-in ended No. 1 Houston's season—sending Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, and company home—and Jimmy Valvano running in circles looking for someone (anyone) to hug.
1992: Grant Hill’s Hail Mary to Christian Laettner. Game Over.
Just as crucial to Christian Laettner’s fade-away jumper in OT was Grant Hill’s flawless full-court inbounds pass. How about a little D on the in-bounds?
1995: UCLA Goes Coast-to-Coast
UCLA’s pint-sized point guard Tyus Edney raced 94-feet down the court in 4.8 seconds, nailing an off-balance layup as time expired to send the Bruins past Missouri and into the Sweet Sixteen.
1998: Bryce Drew Gets Another Shot at Redemption
After missing a wide-open three-pointer, Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew drained a three at the buzzer to defeat Mississippi.
1998: Rip Hamilton Rips Washington's Heart Out
Down 74-73 to 11-seed Washington, UConn’s Rip Hamilton’s desperation jumper as time expired gave the No. 2 seeded Huskies a 75-74 win on their way to their first national championship.
Charvi Magdaong and Daniel Goodman are production whizzes at The Daily Beast and former web editors at NCAA.com.