Jon’s Favorite College Basketball Buzzer Beater of All Time – UCLA Vs. Missouri
The 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament officially begins tonight with two play-in games. There is nothing more exciting than college basketball in March. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a diehard UCLA fan. I was also very fortunate to have been to the Final Four twice following my beloved Bruins. My first trip was in 1974 when my dad took me to Greensboro, North Carolina only to watch Bill Walton and UCLA fall to North Carolina State in double overtime in the Saturday semi-final game.
My last trip was also my very first time in Indiana when my dad and I came with UCLA to Indianapolis and Market Square Arena in 1980. We watched our Larry Brown coached Bruins take down Joe Barry Carroll and Purdue in the Saturday semi-final final game to earn a spot in the championship game against Louisville on Monday night, which UCLA lost.
In 1995, after just moving to Evansville from California, I watched UCLA take on Missouri in a second round game for the right to move onto the Sweet 16. UCLA was down by one with 4.8 seconds remaining. UCLA would have to go the length of the floor for a game winning basket.
UCLA point guard, Tyus Edney, took the inbounds pass and incredibly dribbled the entire length of the floor for a layup with just .2 seconds left on the clock to give UCLA a 75-74 win over Missouri. UCLA would go on to win the 1995 championship, their first since 1975 when UCLA took down Kentucky in Coach John Wooden’s final game. My Bruins are in this year, but I don’t see them getting past the second round.