March Madness is renowned for its buzzer beaters, game winners, and mass celebrations of shots that go in against all odds (just ask Texas).
You watch the NBA to see the best basketball players in the world. You watch March Madness to see upsets. To see Wisconsin beat Kentucky. To see players, like Mario Chalmers, have one possession that gets them drafted about 1,000 positions higher than they should’ve been. Sometimes, to see future NBA superstars, like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Carmelo Anthony, cruise through their adversarides on the way to the big leagues.
With its one-and-done format, this is the closest that hoops gets to an Any Given Sunday scenario. It’s why the Badgers can make it all the way to the Tournament Final, or why everyone goes into the tournament with a completed bracket that has no real chance at being right. Of course, the basketball-watching community can band together to root against Duke, because rooting against Duke is a national pastime. To get you really in the zone for the 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament, here’s a list of the nine most memorable shots in March Madness history.