go to MSN.com
Found March 10, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

March Madness is officially upon us. Conference championship play has begun across the nation, and Saturday marked one of the most exciting days of college basketball we have ever seen. Buzzer-beaters became the theme of the night, as four teams knocked off their opponents with dramatic last-second shots.

Let’s start with the Big East, which has always been known to provide us with some of the best drama in college hoops. On Saturday, Marquette’s Vander Blue helped his 15th-ranked Golden Eagles grab a share of the Big East regular season title with a last-second layup in overtime against St. John’s. The title is Marquette’s first since joining the Big East in 2005.

As usual, the smaller conferences were also filled with plenty of excitement as teams fought for an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. In the Horizon League semifinal, Valparaiso’s Ryan Broekhoff drained an off-balance three-pointer at the buzzer against Green Bay to give his team a 70-69 win and punch a ticket to Tuesday night’s conference championship game against Wright State.

Did we mention Wright State? The Raiders knocked off Horizon League defending champs Detroit to earn a shot at facing Valparaiso for the conference crown. Naturally, they also did so in the form of a crazy shot at the buzzer. Check out Miles Dixon’s fadeaway jumper from the baseline:

And last, but most certainly not least, came the most exciting play of them all. Alabama kept its hopes alive for an at-large tournament bid with a 61-58 win over Georgia that also ended on a dramatic buzzer-beater. Unlike the others, this one grabbed nothing but the bottom of the net from half court as time expired. Here is Trevor Releford’s miraculous shot in a game that appeared destined for overtime:

If Saturday was any indication, we’re in for a wild ride this March and April. Unbelievable buzzer-beaters like the one we saw from BYU a few weeks ago are certainly not unheard of, but I can’t remember a time where we were treated to four in the same night with so much at stake in each game. Keep it coming.

THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

No. 15 Marquette 69, St. John's 67

Vander Blue's driving shot fell through the rim as the overtime buzzer sounded, giving No. 15 Marquette a 69-67 victory over St. John's on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, and a share of the Big East regular season championship, their first title since joining the conference in 2005-06. Blue had 16 points, including four of Marquette's six in overtime, for the Golden...

Blue, Gardner earn All-Big East honors

MILWAUKEE After securing a share of the Big East regular season championship Saturday, Marquette University had two players earn All-Big East honors Sunday. Junior guard Vander Blue was named All-Big East Second Team, while junior forward Davante Gardner is Honorable Mention All-Big East. Picked to finish seventh and having had no preseason All-Big East selections, the Golden...

Trevor Releford, Vander Blue, Kerron Johnson All Hit Buzzer-Beaters to Start Off March Madness (Videos)

In case you are unaware, it is March. And if you needed any further confirmation, five college basketball games ended with buzzer-beaters on Saturday, starting the chaos that is March Madness. The first of five thrilling finishes began in “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden. Marquette’s leading scorer, Vander Blue banked a shot off the glass to give the...

Marquette looks to avoid last year's mistakes

MILWAUKEE -- It wasn't pretty the last time Marquette had a double bye into the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. While the then-No.9 Golden Eagles did run into a Louisville catching fire on its way to the Final Four last season, they didn't handle the layoff well and turned the ball over 26 times in an 84-71 loss. Searching for a way to learn from last year's...

Marquette up to 12th in new AP rankings

MILWAUKEE -- Clinching a share of the Big East regular season championship with a pair of road wins, Marquette University jumped up three spots in the AP poll and four places in the coaches poll. The Golden Eagles are now ranked No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 13 in the coaches poll - the final regular season polls of the season. The AP has Florida ranked below Marquette, while the...
College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Joe Torre: I 'feel terrible' for forgetting to thank Steinbrenner

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre admitted he screwed up during his 28-minute Hall of Fame induction speech, because he failed to thank former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. “I missed thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you’re talking about the Yankees,” a visibly shaken Torre told the New York Daily News. “I mentioned George, but my plan was to thank...
Via Intrigue Sports
2 hours ago

Jeff Gordon wins record fifth Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captured his record 5th victory at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Via Gamedayr
8 hours ago

Red Sox reportedly pursuing Matt Kemp

After a move that sent Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox are continuing to listen to more offers as the trade deadline approaches. The Sox acquired right handed pitcher Heath Hembree and lefty Edwin Escobar from the Giants. Hembree was the No.7 ranked prospect in the Giants’ minor league system while Escobar was their No. 2 prospect...
Via The Sideline
8 hours ago

LeBron announces 'new' Cavs jersey number on Instagram

LeBron James announced on his Instagram that he will be going back to number 23 with the Cavaliers
Via Gamedayr
12 hours ago

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette flubs headline about Penn State hiring

We’re not sure how this got through without anyone at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wondering if this headline could be received poorly, but the paper probably wants this one back right about now. No name. Just woman. pic.twitter.com/NdAQWvFAUi — Virginia Montanez (@JanePitt) July 27, 2014 @JanePitt Maybe the future bylines for PG writers should be WOMAN (with name then underneath...
Via College Spun
12 hours ago

Cristiano Ronaldo denies hiring Lil Wayne as manager

Popular hip-hop star Jay-Z officially became a sports agent last summer, and has already landed well-known players such as Robinson Cano and Kevin Durant as clients. He’s already had success with his new business, Roc Nation Sports, helping Cano land a huge 10-year, $240 million contract during free agency last year. Apparently Jay-Z isn’t the only rapper trying to get in the...
Via NESN.com
12 hours ago

Giants CB learns unusual skill to help with interceptions

PHOTO COURTESY: IM MCISAAC/NEWSDAY Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara learned to juggle this off season.  He didn’t do this so he could entertain house guests; he learned in an effort to perfect his skills on defense. Part of Amukamara’s offseason workout was to juggle which he thinks will boost his interception numbers.  The fourth year cornerback says his new skill helps...
Via New York Sports-Kings
1 day ago

Lakers hire Byron Scott as coach

In a less-than-surprising move, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Byron Scott to be their new head coach. As the only remaining NBA team without a coach, the Lakers were facing scrutiny to get something done. With Scott now on board, they can move on to their offseason program and start to implement his philosophy on the court.  Lakers have agreed to terms with Byron Scott to be...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago

CJ Spiller likely to be popular trade target?

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports mentions in his Bills training camp report that he expects Buffalo to field calls for one of their running backs as injuries start piling up. According to La Canfora, “Buffalo has more backs than it needs” and specifically mentions that RB C.J. Spiller “could be the odd man out.” La Canfora points to the fact that Spiller is entering the...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Marcus Mariota's course load will make you laugh

Marcus Mariota could have left Oregon for the NFL following last season. The Ducks redshirt junior quarterback would have likely been a first-round draft pick. He could be making millions of dollars as a professional athlete.  The dual threat opted to return to Eugene for at least one more season. Life won’t be too bad for the Heisman contender, either. He’s only taking two...
Via College Spun
1 day ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.