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Two Times UK Beat the Buzzer at Memorial


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The term “Memorial Magic” is thrown around a lot when Kentucky travels to Nashville.  Even when Kentucky is great, nothing ever comes easy on the road at Vanderbilt.  There have been a few upsets, most notably UK’s 101-86 loss as the nation’s No. 1 team in 1993, but I want to focus on the times when Kentucky won in unusual fashion.

The most recent memory is from 2013.  With just a three-point lead and under 30 seconds to play, the Cats were killing the shot clock, looking for a bucket just before the buzzer.  Nerlens Noel got one, but did he make it?  It happens so fast in the video, you can hardly tell.

Unfortunately the video doesn’t show irate Kevin Stallings.  Noel’s shot stood and the Cats won 60-58.

Arguably the most unbelievable of any buzzer-beater in the history of the school was Nazr Mohammad’s finish during Tubby Smith’s first season.  I still don’t know how the ball went in and I don’t think Nazr does either.

Hopefully there’s no need for any buzzer-beaters tonight.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 responses to “Two Times UK Beat the Buzzer at Memorial”

  1. Adam From Awesome Trot

    That 2013 game was horrible. I remember everyone being depressed UK and Vandy fans alike as we were walking out.

  2. MillerTime1

    What about Miller in 2012? See 1:45 of this video. There was controversy over whether he got it off before shot clock expired.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNk8Lkte9M0&list=PL8CA915BD1F49E0D2&index=2

  3. plumloopy

    The Mohammed shot along with the Brassow Maui Invitational are among my favorite ridiculous buzzer beaters. The long-three-to-win happens all the time, really, but those two still stick in my memory the most.

  4. loosey101

    My God, for as horrible of a season 2013 was, I had totally forgotten how much Nerlens balled out before being injured. Honestly he played a lot like Davis, looking back. I guess the next closest thing would have been WCS. But I don’t believe WCS was ever as good as Nerlens. Wish he hadn’t gotten injured.