With what's sure to be a titillating 2013 NCAA tournament on the horizon, it's only right that we look back and honor some of the greatest moments of years past. And what better way to do that than to break down all the best buzzer-beaters in the hallowed history of the NCAA tournament.
As games have proved this season, no team is safe. On nearly a weekly basis, it seems a top-five team goes down in an upset, oftentimes versus a ranked opponent.
If we can say anything for certain heading into this year's tournament, it's that we'll see plenty of last-second opportunities. If we're lucky, one or two of them may even be good enough to knock some of the all-time greats off this list.
Just for reference, we're going to stick as close as possible to "traditional" buzzer-beaters. However, some shots are so iconic that they merit inclusion here. So, just to give myself a little wiggle room, we're going to consider a "buzzer-beater" any shot that leaves less than one second remaining on the game clock.
For older contests where the fractional seconds weren't available, we'll allow a full second to be on the television clock.
With that caveat out of the way, here is a complete breakdown of the 25 best buzzer-beaters in NCAA tournament history.