8. 1987: Indiana vs. Syracuse
Even as a graduate of ‘Cuse, I realize how spectacular this game was. It was Bobby Knight‘s third championship, and featured a number of well-known players: Steve Alford, Dean Garrett, Derrick Coleman, Rony Seikaly and Sherman Douglas. It ended up being Indiana’s Keith Smart who was the difference, his corner jumper winning it for Knight, 74-73. Still, I can’t condone calling this “The Shot.” There’s only one shot in basketball history that deserves that nickname. You should know who I’m talking about…
7. 2008: Memphis vs. Kansas
I once played on an intramural team that was eerily similar to the 2008 Memphis squad. We destroyed everyone all year; no one came close to beating us. We were just better: more athletic and more skilled. But then we had a weekend tournament for the right to go to Boston for the national championships, and lost after blowing a nine-point lead in the last two minutes and overtime. That’s exactly what happened here. Memphis was up nine with barely two minutes to go before forgetting how to make a free throw (At least this wasn’t a fluke. They had problems from the stripe all season.). Then after Mario Chalmers made a game-tying triple, the Jayhawks used overtime to kill Derrick Rose (who looked unreal for parts of the game) and the Tigers’ near-perfect season.