-- Who will be in the greatest video montage in sports? Well, here's our ever expanding list of NCAA tournament shining moments that are likely to fill our season-ending musical montage.
Miami heaves Wichita State out of the tournament: In desperate need of a basket and a way to push the pendulum back in its favor, Miami found the resounding answer to Wichita State's furious rally from 21 points down. Twenty seconds after the Shockers came all the way back to retake the lead, Angel Rodriguez heaved a nearly length-of-the-court pass. Sheldon McClellan caught it in mid air, throwing down the authoritative statement of an alley-oop dunk. The Hurricanes never trailed again.
Northern Iowa heaves from half court to win: Paul Jesperson banked in a shot from half court as time expired to give Northern Iowa a stunning 75-72 victory over Texas in the first round of the Oklahoma City Regional. The Longhorns' Isaiah Taylor had tied the game with a driving floater with 2.7 seconds remaining and presumably sent the thriller into overtime. Instead, Jesperson ended it with perhaps the biggest basket in Northern Iowa history.
Middle Tennessee destroys many brackets: In the final minute of Middle Tennessee's shocking upset of Michigan State, Reggie Upshaw dunked and drew a foul to seal the outcome. Then he flexed his muscles to the crowd after his play gave the Blue Raiders a seven-point lead and assured a knockout of the No. 2 seed Spartans. It was a moment typical of the game, as Middle Tennessee continually went on the attack, made huge play after huge play and showed no fear, despite being a prohibitive underdog.
Xavier shows its strength in beating Weber State: In the second half of a 71-53 win over Weber State, Xavier's Jalen Reynolds owned his defender ... and a Scottrade Center rim. Reynolds posted up, turned into the lane and threw down a one-handed jam so fierce that he fell upon its completion. The judges wouldn't award it many degree-of-difficulty points, but for pure power, it was hard to top.
Hawaii slams Cal in upset: Coming out of a media timeout with his team up by nine, Hawaii coach Eran Ganot decided to go the sneaky route. From the right side of the hoop, senior guard Roderick Bobbitt lobbed the ball toward the middle and into the hands of Aaron Valdes, who was in flight. The junior slammed it down, surrounded by a group of flat-footed Cal players, to extend Hawaii's second-half lead to 11.
Yale upsets Baylor: Grabbing an inbounds pass on the baseline, senior Justin Sears took two steps before skying for a rim-rattling jam at the 15:38 mark of the second half. The basket was an emphatic statement about Yale's NCAA tournament intentions: The Bulldogs were not happy just to be there. Sears' dunk over a seemingly more athletic Baylor team showcased the poise, skill and toughness Yale used to score the upset.
Indiana hammers Chattanooga: Indiana turned the tables on the pressure defense of Chattanooga in the opening minutes, as freshman OG Anunoby found himself clear of half court with no defender in close pursuit. What did Anunoby opt to do in his first NCAA tournament game? He went with the 360-degree spin and throw-down dunk, which prompted an immediate timeout from coach Matt McCall on the Mocs' bench.