Throughout the years, the buzzer beater has become a great necessity for the game of basketball, no matter what level, time of year, or importance of the game.
However, we fans always remember the ones that matter the most: those in the NCAA tournament.
A buzzer beater in the tournament can change a whole bracket, as well as two teams' destinies.
In the history of the NCAA tournament, we have seen our share of Cinderellas executing a last-second shot to defeat a feared higher seed and better team.
Buzzer beaters aren't only for the mid-majors, though. There has been a share of big programs hitting some last-second shots to go to the Final Four, win a championship, etc.
The point is, no matter where it is done or what team does it, the buzzer beater has started to become a basketball phenomenon.
Everyone loves a good buzzer beater, right?
So, which are the best we've seen throughout the NCAA tournament for all these years? I hopefully have the answers to that.
I have compiled a great list of buzzer beater games that no one will forget for as long as they live, and we will pass on these outstanding finishes to future generations of our family. We will continue to see replays, but we will always remember the day it actually happened.
I give you some of the best buzzer beaters the NCAA tournament has to offer!
Note: This is in no specific order.
Everyone loves a Cinderella, and no one saw this coming in 2006 from Jermaine Wallace and the Demons from Northwestern State.
Throughout the game, Iowa never could put a fork in Northwestern State, which eventually came back to haunt them.
After a missed free throw by Iowa, the Demons get the ball with 14.6 seconds left in regulation.
After the first three-point miss, Jermaine Wallace (pictured above) grabs the offensive rebound with approximately five seconds left in the corner.
Taking a dribble to his left, he sinks the deep three to eliminate three seed Iowa from the 2006 NCAA tournament.
This is definitely one of the biggest mid-major upsets that we have ever seen, and probably the best buzzer beater from a small school.
Since this game, it seems that everything has gone downhill for Iowa ever since.
With this incredible corner shot, Tate George lifted the Huskies past Clemson and to the Elite Eight in the 1990 NCAA tournament.
With a mere second left, the Huskies have to throw the ball the length of the court, and somehow the pass gets completed, into the hands of George.
After almost being tackled by a Clemson player and falling over his own feet, George hoists up a shot from the corner. The ball leaves his hands with 0.2 seconds left, and it connects.
UConn knocks off Clemson and goes on to play Duke in the Elite Eight, where they lose a heart-breaker by a point, 79-78.
I just have one comment on this: Where is the defense on that long pass?
Clemson cannot allow that pass to get there! Either way, a great buzzer beater.
Here's another great Cinderella upset bid, this time by the Weber State Wildcats in 1995.
With 7.4 seconds left in regulation, and the game tied at 51, Weber State is at the free throw line to hopefully take the lead on the Georgetown Hoyas. However, the free throw attempt is missed, and a last second Georgetown possession is in the works.
Allen Iverson receives the outlet pass and pushes the basketball up the court in transition.
With two seconds left, he pulls up for an off-balance three-pointer and misses to the left. However, Don Reid comes from nowhere and tips the ball in from underneath the basket at the buzzer.
Weber State fails to pull off another upset in the 1995 NCAA Tournament, after beating Michigan State in the opening weekend.
Georgetown moved on to the Sweet 16, where they were defeated by North Carolina, who moved on to the Final Four.
One team leaves with their hearts broken, and another leaves with a sense of thanks and great relief here.
Once again, another great Cinderella pulls an upset. So, does anyone know where Valparaiso is located? No, probably not. But after this game, Ole Miss got to know Valpo a whole lot better—a lot more than they wanted, at least.
With 2.5 seconds left, and Ole Miss clinging to a 69-67 lead, the Valpo inbound pass is thrown the length of the court.
After being deflected by a Valpo player, the ball falls into the hands of young Bryce Drew, who just so happens to be the coach's son. Kinda ironic, huh?
As he gathers himself with the ball, he fires the last second shot from well behind the three point line. The shot connects, and Drew and Valparaiso move on and go into the history books with that big win.
The Rebels fall to 13 seed Valparaiso, which ends their hopeful deep season. As for Valpo, they continued to go further.
They went on to defeat Florida State in the Second Round before being eliminated by Rhode Island in the Sweet 16.
A classic buzzer beater and momentum changer for Valpo. With that win, Valpo gets on the map and becomes known throughout the basketball world.
How about that dive by Bryce Drew after sinking the game winning shot? I have to give him credit on that one, it was definitely worth mentioning. I have to give him an 11 on that one.
For most, 15 seconds is no time to do anything.
However, for UConn and Washington in the 1998 NCCA Tournament, 15 seconds can feel like a lifetime.
Just ask Richard Hamilton; he knows everything about it.
With 15 seconds left and counting, UConn possesses the ball, with Washington leading 74-73. With a ball screen coming from the right, this classic buzzer beater unfolds.
After two definite shot attempts (you can't tell which is actually a shot in that mess of tips), UConn guard Richard Hamilton grabs the ball in the middle of the lane with two seconds left.
Falling away from the basket, Hamilton lets the shot go and he falls to the free throw line; after the buzzer sounds, UConn comes out victorious in one of the best college basketball endings ever.
Hamilton and the Huskies would move on to lose to North Carolina in the Elite Eight in '98.
Richard Hamilton may be having a great NBA career, but to most UConn fans, he is known for his last second shot in this game.
Two of the most historically rich programs college basketball has to offer can have a great buzzer beater to be included, right?
Christian Laettner says, "Of course," and Grant Hill agrees. In what is arguably the best buzzer beater ever, these two hooked up to make history in '92.
With two seconds remaining, Grant Hill launches and inbound pass to the far end of the court, and it is received by forward Christian Laettner.
With one dribble and a turnaround, Laettner throws up a shot from the free throw line; the ball leaves his hand just before the buzzer sounds.
The attempt is good and Christian Laettner becomes known for shooting "The Shot," and leading the Blue Devils to the 104-103 win to go on to the Final Four.
The shot would end up meaning everything as Duke was crowned NCAA Champions in 1992, as they would go on to defeat Indiana and Michigan.
Laettner may have been an NBA bust, but he will always be remembered for helping win the 1992 NCAA Basketball Championship.
The list can't get better can it?
Another great buzzer beater, but how about an NCAA Championship buzzer beater?
Sound intriguing? Just ask Lorenzo Charles and the 1983 NC State basketball team.
With seven seconds left, the ball is passed from the corner to the top of they key; however, the pass it tipped, bobbled, and everything other thing you can think of as it is on it's way before being caught and shot with four seconds remaining.
The deep three is off to the right, but don't worry, Lorenzo Charles is there! Charles throws down an improbable dunk over the mighty Hakeem Olajuwon, leading to the 54-52 NC State victory.
You now always see Jim Valvano's celebration sprint around the court as his team clinched the 1983 NCAA Championship with that classic buzzer beater.
Is it the best we've seen from the tournament?
It can be argued, especially with the degree of the game. This one goes down as the best buzzer beater in my book.
So what else does the NCAA tournament have to offer?
Will we see anymore great buzzer beaters this March?
I have to say yes, we will see some great buzzer beaters that will hopefully give a new team a boost, get someone to the Final Four, or help someone win the 2010 NCAA championship.
Get ready for an exciting March and a great tournament coming up in a week.