The 15 Greatest Buzzer-Beaters in March Madness History

By Jesse Kramer

The unparalleled magic of a last-second, awe-inspiring, game-winning basket

Arkansas' U.S. Reed jumps to sink a basket in the team's 1981 victory over Louisville AP Images

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With the Final Four this weekend and the championship game next week, this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament is almost over. And with all the excitement the latest edition of March Madness has produced—Duke gets eliminated in the first round! Ohio State beats Michigan!—one aspect of the tournament is missing: a heart-stopping buzzer-beater.

In case you're disappointed by this year's lack of tight finishes, here is a list of the best buzzer-beating and game-winning shots in NCAA tournament history. (Also, please note that in order for a buzzer-beater to make the list, it had to be a game-winner.)

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