9. U.S. Reed: Arkansas vs Louisville, 1981 (Second Round)
U.S. Reed throws a prayer from half-court as time expires and hits the first tourney buzzer beater ever, giving announcers everywhere the opportunity to FINALLY TOTALLY LOSE IT AND YELL AND STUFF. Arkansas triumphs over Louisville, 74-73.
4. Christian Laettner: Duke vs Kentucky, 1992 (Eastern Regional Final)
Christian Laettner’s dribble-and-shoot buzzer beater in the Eastern Regional Finals in 1992 is one of the most iconic final shots of the tournament’s history, and it solidified Duke as the future supervillians of the NCAA. They’re the team you love to hate (unless you went to Duke. Did you? DID YOU? STOP SMIRKING!).
3. Bryce Drew: Valparaiso vs. Ole Miss, 1998 (First Round)
Bryce Drew was an incredible player who could have went to any of the major collegiate teams, but opted to play for small-time Valparaiso to play for their coach — his dad. After a half-court inbound, Drew hit a three pointer at the buzzer to send #13 Valparaiso to the next round over the #4 ranked team, and father and son hugged it out on national TV. Coach really Drew up an awesome play.
1. Lorenzo Charles: NC State vs Houston, 1983 (NCAA Finals)
Scrappy NC State wasn’t even supposed to be in this game. It was supposed to be a blowout, with the heavily favored Houston Cougars (led by Akeem Olajuwon, Clyde “The Glide” Drexler and the rest of Phi Slama Jama) crushing the Wolfpack. Dereck Whittenburg tossed an airball and it looked like all was lost until Lorenzo Charles casually alley-oops it in as time expires. NOW THAT’S HOW YOU WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP.