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Most iconic non-championship buzzer beater: Duke or Valparaiso?

Buzzer-beater shots live forever in NCAA Tournament lore. No matter how the team finishes, the shot is always remembered. Two shots, in particular, are shown every year on every promo: Christian Laettner's turnaround jumper for Duke and Valparaiso's miracle "Pacer" play. Laettner's 1992 Elite Eight shot helped Duke get into the Final Four. But Valparaiso became a mid-major legend with one iconic play in 1998. Which buzzer beater was better? 🏀

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Always guard the inbounder. No one bothered to guard Grant Hill with 2.1 seconds left in overtime. So, he heaved the ball nearly the entire length of the court to Christian Laettner, who had time to fake, turnaround and hit one of the greatest shots in the tournament's history. Duke went on to go to the 1992 Final Four and win its second straight national championship.

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"Pacer" is a word that will live on forever in NCAA Tournament lore and Valparaiso is why.

Down two points with 2.5 seconds left and the ball at the far end of the court, Homer Drew diagramed a desperation play to his son and star guard Bryce Drew. The inbounder chucked the ball past half court where it touch-passed down to the younger Drew who was wide open. The rest is history.

Drew hits the three-pointer and No. 13 Valparaiso sank No. 4 Ole Miss in the opening round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

What a play.

FINAL RESULTS
Sports
Most iconic non-championship buzzer beater: Duke or Valparaiso?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamLaettner
#TeamValpo