Greatest national championship buzzer beater: Villanova or N.C. State? | The Tylt
Greatest national championship buzzer beater: Villanova or N.C. State?
It's March and that means one thing: Madness is back. To celebrate our favorite time of the year, The Tylt has curated a series of March Madness debates for you to vote on.
The most exciting time in college basketball is upon us with teams fighting for league championships and NCAA Tournament position. Teams will rise to the occasion against all odds, while others crumble beneath the pressure of expectations. No matter what happens—legends are made in March.
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Up six with more than a minute and a half left, Villanova looked like they had the 2016 national championship in the bag. But North Carolina had other plans.
The Tar Heels mounted a late comeback, capped by Marcus Paige hitting a ridiculous double pump three-pointer to tie the game. Nova was less than five seconds from overtime when North Carolina had all of the momentum. Enter Kris Jenkins.
With ice in his veins, Jenkins rose up from beyond the three-point arc and drained the shot. Championship: Wildcats.
North Carolina State should have never been there. The program had to win every game in the ACC tournament just to make it into the 1983 NCAA Tournament and, as a six-seed, the Wolfpack were never expected to win a championship. They were supposed to just be happy to be destroyed by Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma featuring Hakeem (then known as Akeem) Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. But they did not go easy into the night.
N.C. State battled with the more athletic Cougar team keeping the game close. With six seconds left, Dereck Whittenburg tried to take a heavy shot near half court that was sailing right of the rim. It looked like the ball was going to fall out of bounds and the Wolfpack's magical run would end. But that's when Lorenzo Charles came seemingly out of nowhere to put the ball in off of the backboard, right as time expired, to sink the seemingly unbeatable Houston Cougars and win the North Carolina State's second national championship ever.
The shot lives on forever, along with N.C. State head coach Jim Valvano running around the court looking for someone to hug. Classic.