Greatest NCAA Tournament game ever? The 7 best moments from Gonzaga’s buzzer-beating win vs. UCLA
INDIANAPOLIS – It might be April, but March Madness isn't over. Not even close.
The best was saved for last in a men's Final Four overtime thriller that saw No. 1 Gonzaga save its perfect season thanks to Jalen Suggs's buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
In a back-and-forth game where the country's best team was on the ropes, the No. 11-seeded Bruins were on the verge of a historic upset. But the Zags survived – barely – and will now try to complete the first undefeated season in men's basketball since Indiana in 1976 when they face Baylor in the national title game Monday.
A look at the seven best moments from an epic game:
1. Jalen Suggs' buzzer-beater
With the score tied at 90 and three seconds left in overtime, Suggs – the freshman point guard who is a projected lottery pick in the NBA draft – dribbled nearly the length of the court to set up a running, one-footed 3-pointer that banked in as time expired. It had shades of Gordon Hayward's one-footed running halfcourt shot that rimmed out in Butler's loss to Duke in the 2010 national championship game. It also had shades of Villanova's Kris Jenkins, who drained a game-winning 3-pointer to give the Wildcats the 2016 NCAA title over North Carolina.
JALEN SUGGS SENDS GONZAGA TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 😱@ZagMBB#FinalFourpic.twitter.com/Ier1HcwjpH
2. Suggs' sportsmanship afterwards
As one would expect, Suggs celebrated with glee after draining the biggest basket of his life, jumping onto the scorer's table to stand up with his teammates swarming him and holding up his Zags jersey to the crowd with pride. But not long after, Suggs came back down to earth and showed empathy – hugging UCLA stars Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Johnny Juzang while they were feeling the heartbreak. For a game where the outside world counted the Bruins out, they showed up and gave Gonzaga its biggest test ever. Suggs' sportsmanship is what it's all about on the biggest stage, following an epic game.
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