On today’s show, the guys took a break from the RNC proceedings to rank the best buzzer beaters in modern UK Basketball history. It’s a fun topic and today’s a slow news day, so I thought we’d bring that debate over to the website. There are a lot of contenders, but here is my Top 10:
1. Aaron Harrison, Wisconsin (2014 Final Four)
Aaron saved his best buzzer beater for last. I still get chills when I watch this clip.
2. Aaron Harrison, Michigan (2014 Elite Eight)
Even with a hand in his face, Stone Cold Aaron drained this three to take Kentucky to the Final Four. After a similar shot by Aaron vs. Louisville, this is when UK’s run started to feel like fate.
3. Brandon Knight, Ohio State (2011 Sweet 16)
Like Knight, this shot is always underrated and underappreciated.
4. Aaron Harrison, Louisville (2014 Sweet 16)
This shot gave Kentucky the lead for good after a huge comeback vs. defending national champion Louisville. I fully admit that, against any other team, it would be lower on this list, but Louisville is Louisville, and the celebration in Indy that night was one for the ages.
5. DeMarcus Cousins, Mississippi State (2010 SEC Championship)
Otherwise known as the shot that made my husband a UK fan. The best part? Boogie and Wall thought they had won the game, when really, that shot only forced overtime.
6. Nazr Mohammed, at Vanderbilt (1998)
Some may have this shot lower on their lists, but I was a HUGE Nazr fan growing up and watching that improbable floater fall through the net and the ensuing chaos was just awesome. Remember Tubby rushing the team off the court? And Heshimu Evans “Superman” celebration? Classic.
7. Patrick Sparks, Michigan State (2005 Elite Eight)
This shot forced overtime vs. Michigan State in the 2005 Elite Eight, and even though Michigan State went on to win that game in double overtime, Sparks’ three was one for the ages.
(TIE) 8. Cameron Mills and Scott Padgett, Duke (1998 Elite Eight)
Not a buzzer-beater, but a clutch shot all the same. Padgett’s three with 39.4 seconds left to give Kentucky the lead for good was even bigger:
9. Sean Woods, Duke (1992 Elite Eight)
Laettner’s shot will always steal the headlines from this game, but Woods’ shot to take the lead with 2.1 seconds left should not be ignored. (Warning: the rest of that clip includes “You-Know-What,” so keep your finger on the pause button.)
10. Jeff Brassow, Arizona (1993 Maui Invitational)
Look how young Rick looks!
Honorable Mention: Brandon Knight vs. Princeton (2011 NCAA Tournament), Cedric Jenkins vs. Louisville (1987), Anthony Epps vs. Arizona (1997 National Championship game), Kenny Walker vs. Charles Barkley & Auburn (1984 SEC Tournament)
I’m sure most of you disagree with this list, but luckily, the wonders of technology allow you to weigh in on your favorites. Rank your Top 10 below: