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Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen

Posted on: March 13, 2009 1:22 am

I used to think that the Princeton-Georgetown game in 1989 was the best college basketball game I ever witnessed. The Tigers fought a heavily favored Georgetown team to a draw. That game enhanced the already solid reputation of Princeton coach Pete Carril and introduced Alonzo Mourning to the nation.

Now, after watching Syracuse beat Connecticut in six overtimes -- six freaking overtimes -- the game on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden was better. I don't think I've ever seen anything more dramatic or hard fought in over 20 years of watching the sport.

I'm not sure how these two teams had any energy remaining by the sixth overtime let alone the third or fourth or fifth but they did. Players fouled out, there were sloppy moments at times towards the end but both of those things are expected considering the length of the game.

Is it an overstatement to say this game was one of the better displays of toughness and courage we saw in sports all year? The last time we witnessed something so spectacular was when Michael Phelps won his eight gold medals.

Yes, I'm putting it in that category. Go ahead and fire up the message boards.

We've really seen nothing like this before and I'm not certain what the repercussions will be for either team in the tournament. This is the type of inspirational victory than can push Syracuse far or cause them to be exhausted and falter earlier in the NCAA than expected. My guess: We're going to hear a lot more from this Syracuse team.

Two of the best moments came in the sixth overtime. Connecticut players were still diving on the floor for loose balls and Syracuse made most of its free throws at the end despite being utterly exhausted.

The game was over 3 hours and 40 minutes long and ended well after 1 a.m.

What a game. What an incredible moment in college basketball history.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Syracuse

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:22 pm

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen

sorrt the best game was the illini vs arizona 2005 tourney  

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: April 2, 2010 12:17 pm

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen


Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2009 8:51 pm

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen

i love michigan state

great game

but those reffs absolutely blow



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2009 9:49 am

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen

While winning a game after many overtimes, or winning in dramatic fashion with a long distance last second shot can be quite cathartic, that does not make it the best game ever played.  What about an unranked team beating the #4 team in the country in a regional final by 40 points.  In 1965 Princeton beat Providence by the score of 109 to 69.  They did it by starting one senior, Bill Bradley, and 4 sophomores.  The did it to a team that had the previous night beaten the #3 team in the country and then cut down the nets!  They cut down the nets after the first came of the regional!  The next night there was no argument about who was the best team.  When you win by 40, nobody can take one play or even 2 or 3 and argue that if these plays had gone differently the loser would have won.  Sports Illustrated put the game on the cover for the next week with the title "A Whole Team Touched by Stardust".  I am not aware of a similar accolade going to any other team after one game.  This game is, in my opinion, the best ever played in college basketball.

If you really need a cathartic game, then I think you need to go back to 1957 when underdog UNC beat Kansas with Wilt Chamberlin in 3 overtimes in the national championship game .



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2009 6:41 pm

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen

3 hours and 40 minutes long. Six overtimes. A buzzer beater that was all for naught. Big name, key players fouling out. Madison Square Garden. Two top 25 teams. Two legendary programs led by two HOF coaches. The game was tied 22 times. 8 players fouled out. Walk-ons played the final minutes to determine the victor. But yet, because there was any title "implications" means this game doesn't go down as one of the greatest of all time? You have to be kidding me. How about the element of pride, tradition, the will to move on to win the tournament? None of those elements apparently mean anything to those who say Duke-Kentucky was the greatest of all time.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I am all for it. However, by taking in to account of ALL the elements that each game played, to say that this game last night wasn't the best you have ever seen means you either weren't a fan of either team or you are a fan of either Duke/Kenntucky. I could guarantee that if it was YOUR team playing that game last night you would be singing a different tune. I guarantee it.

With that said, I give props to the Duke-Kentucky game, however, the game has been de-throned. Both teams last night played with more guts than I have ever seen coming from any other team. They played hard, they toughed it out, they battled, and at the end were exhausted. All the elements were there last night to give this game the crown.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2009 3:36 pm

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen


Go Big O!!!

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2009 1:52 pm

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen

It was not even the best Big East Tournament game of all time.  In my opinion, that honor goes either to the 1996 Championship where Connecticut, led by Ray Allen, and Georgetown led by Allen Iverson, staged a classic duel with Ray's floater being the difference or the 1986 Championship Game, where St. John's beat Syracuse when little known Ron Rowan sunk a shot with 8 seconds left to give the Redmen a one point lead, followed by Pearl Washington storming down the court and his shot was blocked by Walter Berry to give St. John's the title.

Duke and Kentucky in 1992 remains the greatest college basketball, I have ever seen.  The loser truly went home in that game.  Everything was on the line, it was a battle between Duke's talent and Kentucky's heart.  I personally cannot stand Christian Laettner, he did have the greatest night any basketball player will ever have.  It can only be equaled, never topped.  100% from the floor, 100% from the line.  Even though, he should have been tossed for stepping on a Kentucky player.  The last second shot was the icing on the cake of a game that you already knew was the greatest we have ever eyewitnessed.

Last night, Syracuse shot 37% from the floor, and Connecticut shot 40%.  Granted those numbers went down when the overtimes grew, but it does not compare to the 56% that Kentucky shot, and the 65% that Duke shot from the floor, and that game went to 1 overtime as well.

Connecticut and Syracuse staged an epic one last night, and it will not be forgotten any time soon, but both of Connecticut and Syracuse will be playing later this month.  If one of those team's makes a big run in the tourney, other games they play will be of more importance. Kentucky went home for good after that night in Philly, Connecticut gets to go home and rest and be ready for the real dance.

Legendary game, nonetheless.  I am glad I stayed up until 2 to see it.



Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2009 12:36 pm

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen

That one used to be, but this one has to have displaced it for me. Kentucky-Duke was a lot more up and down, and it was in the Dance, but last night was just incredible. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2009 10:53 am

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen

Without question Duke-Kentucky was better.  The level of play was much higher and there was far more significance - Duke trying to be the first team since UCLA to defend the title, Kentucky back from the trash heap, a Final Four berth on the line.  Laettner was 10-10 from the field and 10-10 from the line for 31 points - one shot was a 3.  And then there was the last shot.  Freeman must not have seen that game.

This was certainly a great game, but certainly not the greatest ever.  Duke-Kentucky in 1992 was the greatest game ever played. 

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2009 10:44 am

Best College Basketball Game I've Ever Seen

You're not kidding! If this game is any indication of how the tournament will turn out, all of us college fans will have late nights and no finger nails left.



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