7 Most Memorable March Madness Shots

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With March Madness right around the corner (and Kentucky’s analysts already talking smack — see below), it’s time to get the brackets ready and the bets made. While winning Warren Buffett’s money would be pretty awesome, odds are you’re not even going to win that $20 bet you made with your old roommate. Better to just sit back and enjoy the games, hoping that you’ll get to watch an epic matchup or two.

March Madness is renowned for its buzzer beaters, game winners, and mass celebrations of shots that go in against all odds. You watch the NBA to see the best basketball players in the world. You watch March Madness to see upsets. To see gimmicky offenses go up against not-really-legit defenses (all aboard on a Creighton-’Cuse matchup.) To see players like Mario Chalmers have one possession that gets them drafted about 1,000 positions higher than they should’ve been. Sometimes, to see future NBA superstars cruise through their adversaries on the way to the big leagues like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, or Carmelo Anthony.

With its one-and-done format, this is the closest that hoops gets to an Any Given Sunday scenario. It’s why Florida Gulf Coast can fastbreak dunk their way into our hearts and minds, or why everyone goes into the tournament having filled out a bracket that has no real chance at being right. Of course, the basketball-watching community can band together to root against Duke, because rooting against Duke is a national pastime. To get ready for the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament, here’s a list of the seven most memorable shots in the history of March Madness.

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