Monday night we witnessed what could have been the best college basketball game of all time. The game had everything that you wanted, big runs by both teams, punches thrown, counter punches, and an ending 2nd to none. The question becomes was this the greatest finish in sports history?
Here’s my top 5 finishes of all time:
5. 1994 John Tyler HS vs Plano East, Texas 5a Semifinal – John Tyler led 41-17 with just over 3 minutes to go. Plano East scored 27 straight including grabbing 3 onside kicks in the process to lead 44-41 with 21 seconds to go. Problem was they had to kickoff… 97 yards later, John Tyler wins 48-44, and wins an ESPY in the process.
4. Kirk Gibson Walk-off vs the A’s – Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The A’s were a huge favorite to dominate the Dodgers, and in the 9th inning of Game 1 Dennis Eckersley was on to close out what was supposed to be a sweep. Problem is, a hobbled Kirk Gibson walked up and jacked a home run to seal it. It was his only hit in the series, and it was Oakland’s last chance to win.
3. Music City Miracle – Buffalo scored to go up 16-15 with mere seconds to go, and many thought they had pulled the playoff upset. The Tennessee Titans had 2nd thoughts… Frank Wychek picked up the squib kick, and lateralled it to Kevin Dyson, and 75 yards and a lengthy review later, Tennessee wins 22-16.
2. 2016 Villanova vs UNC – It was everything you wanted a national championship to be. David vs David, Ali vs Frazier, name the adjective and it described what Nova and UNC delivered. UNC was up 7, Villanova responded to take a 10 point lead, then Marcus Paige hit what should have been an all time 3 pointer to tie it. Kris Jenkins then happened… Ryan Arcidiacano dished it to Jenkins who hit a deep 3 at the buzzer to win a National Title for Nova.
1. Kick 6 – Auburn tied the game 28–28 with 32 seconds remaining. With one second remaining in regulation, Alabama attempted and missed a 57-yard field goal. Auburn’s Chris Davis caught the errant kick and returned it 100 yards to beat Bama 34-28 and send Auburn to the SEC Title game and ultimately the National Title game.