3. Little Rock’s shot of the year
Little Rock stood very little shot. As someone who has seen Purdue play all season long as a self-proclaimed Big Ten “expert,” it seemed like the Boilermakers were going to just roll over the UALR Trojans and they’d have a good shot to take down No. 1 seed Virginia in the Sweet 16 after beating Iowa State.
Boy, was I wrong. The Boilermakers blew a 13-point lead in the final three and a half minutes and the game was tied at 70 to push it into overtime with this incredible three-point shot by Josh Hagins.
"THIS IS MARCH! #MARCHMADNESShttps://t.co/0P2NOYpVj6 — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 17, 2016"
This was one of those “I love March Madness” moments when you realize you are witnessing some of the most exciting sports action out there. Little Rock had to find a way to beat Purdue’s trio of big men, and they did it with a little guy like Hagins.
The pint-sized guard drilled a Steph Curry-ranged three-pointer to send the game into overtime and made another clutch floater in the extra frame to put the Boilermakers away for good.
Chris Beard is one of the most fiery coaches out there and he will be fun to watch as Little Rock takes on Iowa State in the round of 32.
Hagins will haunt Matt Painter’s dreams for the rest of his life.
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