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HookShotz from the NCAA Tournament

Best shot

Of course, the shot of the day was Ty Rogers' buzzer-beater in overtime that sent Western Kentucky into the second round and Drake into despair. Where exactly does Rogers' shot rank among the all-time great buzzer-beaters? Here's our top 10:

1. Christian Laettner, Duke, 1992

After taking a court-length pass from Grant Hill, Laettner buried a shot from the foul line to beat Kentucky in OT in perhaps the best NCAA game ever, sending Duke to the Final Four.

2. Lorenzo Charles, N.C. State, 1983

Charles dunked home a missed shot at the buzzer in the Wolfpack's upset of Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma in the 1983 national title game.

3. Danny Ainge, BYU, 1981

Ainge dribbled the length of the court and made a layup as time expired to upset second-seeded Notre Dame in the East region semifinals.

4. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso, 1998

No. 13 Valpo goes the length of the court in 2.5 seconds, and Drew hits a 3-pointer to upset No. 4 Ole Miss.

5. Mike Miller, Florida, 2000

Gator fans remember this one well. Miller hit a shot at the buzzer to beat No. 12 Butler in the first round. Florida reached the final, where it lost to Michigan State.

6. Tyus Edney, UCLA, 1995

Like Ainge, Edney raced the length of the court and made a layup to allow UCLA to escape a second-round upset to Missouri. UCLA went on to win the national championship.

7. Ty Rogers, Western

Kentucky, 2008

Maybe the game of the year in college basketball, and it ended with Rogers drilling a 27-footer at the buzzer in overtime for an upset of No. 5 Drake.

8. Christian Laettner, Duke, 1990

Before he broke Kentucky hearts in 1992, Laettner sent Duke to the 1990 Final Four by beating UConn with a shot as time expired.

9. Tate George, UConn, 1990

The only reason UConn faced Duke in the 1990 East Final was because the Huskies went the length of the court in one second and beat Clemson on George's shot at the horn.

10. U.S. Reed, Arkansas, 1981

Reed made a prayer from halfcourt as Arkansas eliminated defending champ Louisville in the second round.

Worst mascot

Sorry, Western Kentucky, but that Big Red thingy? Doesn't even make a good Teletubby.

Number of the day

0 That's how many field goals Drake's Adam Emmenecker made in 10 attempts. Emmenecker, the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, had 14 assists and 11 points, but all of those points came from the free-throw line.

Best student section

San Diego brought its own crazies and they whooped, jumped, hollered and even took off their shirts (well, the guys, that is). And they generally made their university proud. The kicker? There were only about 20 of them.

Question of the day

Western Kentucky's D.J. Magley, a freshman from Bradenton Christian, had a solid game, making 4 of 5 shots for eight points to go along with four rebounds. Magley ended up going to Western Kentucky instead of Purdue, Oklahoma or Iowa. Here's the question: How come USF wasn't on that list?

Band of the day

Because its campus is so far away, San Diego borrowed Western Kentucky's band for its game against UConn. But with San Diego and Western Kentucky both winning Friday, San Diego needs to find another band when the teams meet Sunday. Our nominee: Foghat. As of press time, we were trying to confirm rumors that the Oak Ridge Boys had left a dozen messages with San Diego's athletic director trying to land the gig.

The last time

With 13th seeds San Diego and Siena and 12th seeds Western Kentucky and Villanova pulling off upsets Friday, Sunday will mark the first matchups of No. 13 vs. No. 12 seeds since No. 13 Indiana State played No. 12 Gonzaga in 2001. Gonzaga won but was knocked out in the following round by Michigan State.

>>fast facts

Men's region games in Tampa

When: Sunday

Where: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

Tickets: About 3,000 are available at $208, including a service charge, for the six games. For information, call (813) 301-6600 or go to sptimesforum.com/ncaa2008.

HookShotz from the NCAA Tournament 03/21/08 [Last modified: Sunday, March 23, 2008 10:20pm]
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