7. Bryce Drew: No. 4 Ole Miss vs. No. 13 Valparaiso – 1998 Round of 64
This one looks very similar to George’s buzzer-beater but with two very different factors. They had the baseball pass from one side of the court to the other with less than three seconds left, but what makes this more impressive is we had a pass and a 3-point shot to add to the difficulty of the buzzer-beater. Also, we add in a major upset to it.
Valparaiso had nothing to lose when they went for the win against the 4-seed in the Midwest Regional. They kept themselves in the game the entire time and now found themselves down two with 2.5 seconds left. There wasn’t time to dribble the ball up the court after Ole Miss knocked the ball out of bounds. There was time to throw the ball and take a shot.
Jamie Sykes threw the ball to Bill Jenkins, who was about five feet off the ground. It was clear he didn’t have time to get down and get a shot off, so he immediately passed it to Bryce Drew. He heaved up a shot that hit the bottom of the net.
Valparaiso took the momentum all the way to the Sweet 16. Drew was the son of a coach (Homer Drew was the Crusaders head coach) who now lives on forever in a basketball program that didn’t have much history. Now, they are one of the most-watched buzzer-beaters we see every year.