Call your friends and let them know March has formally made announcement of its arrival.
Because we have a winning shot just before the buzzer, people. And we have a last-second winner in a tournament that features an upset -- of a top-seeded team.
High Point boasted a 12-4 record in the Big South this year, better than the other 11 teams in the conference. But Winthrop, which went 10-6 and is a very proud program in that league, paid no mind to the top-seeded Panthers.
Eagles guard Andre Smith drained a tough 3 with 0.5 seconds remaining during Friday's quarterfinal. Winthrop wins, 62-60. Smith finished with 12 points. Thanks to College Basketball Talk for pointing us to the video.
By nature of High Point's regular-season championship, they'll be automatically included/seeded in the NIT. The Panthers are now 16-14.
This isn't the only winning shot in the closing seconds we've seen in conference tournaments so far. In fact, we've alreaday had two others. Loyola-Chicago's Milton Doyle beat Bradley at the buzzer in the Missouri Valley tournament Thursday ...
... and Desi Washington of St. Peter's beat Fairfield just before the buzzer in the MAAC's first round. It was the third time this season the Stags fell to the Peacocks on a shot at the end of regulation -- all at the hands of Washington, who hammered the nail in the 56-55 (Jan. 8), 63-62 (Feb. 25) and finally the 65-62 outcome, from Thursday night.