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.