March Madness: Top-10 Buzzer-Beaters


3. Duke’s Christian Laettner (1992)

One of the most memorable NCAA tournament moments ever, Laettner kept Duke’s hopes of a repeat alive with a last-second shot to win the East Regional Final over Kentucky.

The back-and-forth battle between the Blue Devils and Wildcats went into overtime and Kentucky clung to a 103-102 lead with 2.1 seconds to play. Duke had to inbound the ball and go the length of the court but was able to as Grant Hill was unguarded and threw a three-quarter court inbounds pass to Laettner that he caught just above the foul line.

Calmly, Laettner took dribble and dipped left before turning back to his right and firing up a fade-away jumper that splashed through the net at the horn to give Duke a 104-103 victory in what many consider the greatest NCAA tournament game ever played. Laettner finished the Kentucky game without missing a shot and Duke went on to repeat as national champions.

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