Even after two decades, Christian Laettner’s absurd 1992 turnaround jump shot against the Kentucky Wildcats is one of the crown jewels of any March Madness highlight compilation.
There’s a reason that bucket has maintained its place in the pantheon: few moments in the history of any sport have matched Laettner’s play for clutch execution of the seemingly impossible, especially with championship hopes on the line.
This season’s tournament will be the 20th anniversary of Laettner’s stunner, a perfect opportunity to compile the buzzer-beating moments that have made March Madness one of the greatest events in sports.
The one and done nature of the NCAA tournament makes every last second heave a potential season saving play, and the shooters on this list have risen to the challenge and kept championship hopes alive for their teams (at least for one more game).
Read on for a look back at the college game’s greatest final shots, complete with video of every improbable score.