Great Moments From March Madness (Sponsored By Muscle Milk): Keith Smart’s ‘The Shot’
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Throughout the history of the NCAA Tournament there have been a plethora of thrilling game-winning shots – obviously. But perhaps none have been as exciting – or as clutch – as Keith Smart’s baseline jumper with five seconds remaining in the 1987 NCAA Championship Game, giving the Indiana Hoosiers an unforgettable 74-73 victory over the Syracuse Orangemen.
And with the National Championship game tonight, it’s a great time to take a look back at easily one of the most memorable moments from NCAA Tournament history.
Absolutely money. The hard fought victory delivered Coach Bobby Knight his third national championship with the Hoosiers. Smart was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft and spent one season on the San Antonio Spurs roster, appearing in only two games. Smart had more success as a player in the CBA and parlayed his knowledge of the game and his experience into various coaching stints, culminating with him being named the replacement for Don Nelson as head coach of the Golden State Warriors prior to the 2010-11 season. And while Smart’s NBA career as a player was about as nondescript as they come, he will always have a place within the well-stocked annals of NCAA Tournament lore. Hopefully, we will all be treated to a sight nearly as remarkable or a moment almost as memorable tonight when Butler takes on Connecticut for a chance to punch their tickets for a one-way trip to NCAA Championship Game glory. We can hope.