Every college basketball season has its sensational plays, but some of those plays transcend their own time to become the defining moments of the sport. These are the kinds of plays that get rehearsed in highlight compilations every March, the pantheon of college hoops accomplishments.
Although a few of these plays earn their legendary status for sheer difficulty—say, a 6’3” guard dunking on a seven-foot center—most of them are all about context. A contested three-pointer from the right wing may not be an earth-shaking achievement, but when it ties the national championship game with 2.1 seconds remaining it can give Mario Chalmers a permanent place in college basketball lore.
Read on for a look at Chalmers’ buzzer-beater and the rest of the 100 most extraordinary plays ever seen on the college hardwood.