The term “Memorial Magic” is thrown around a lot when Kentucky travels to Nashville.Â Even when Kentucky isÂ great, nothing everÂ comes easy on the road at Vanderbilt. Â There have beenÂ 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. Â With just a three-point lead and under 30 secondsÂ to play, the Cats were killing the shot clock, looking for a bucket just before the buzzer. Â Nerlens Noel got one, but did he make it? Â It happens so fast in the video, you can hardly tell.
Unfortunately the video doesn’t show irate Kevin Stallings. Â 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. Â 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.