The Arizona Wildcats and Bennedict Mathurin almost put together a March Madness buzzer-beater ending classic but were fractions of a second too late.
Late in the second half of their Second Round matchup against TCU in the NCAA Tournament, the Arizona Wildcats seemed like they’d put the Horned Frogs to bed. But the feisty Big 12 squad wouldn’t go away and put together a run that saw them with a 75-72 lead in the final minute of play.
That’s when Bennedict Mathurin stepped up.
Arizona took a bold approach of playing basically for what we thought would be their final possession. That led to Mathurin with the ball at the top of the key. He got a little space and then showed the trademark “ONIONS!” March is famous for.
That left TCU with 12.9 seconds, though. And it was that possession that got even crazier.
Arizona basketball narrowly misses March Madness buzzer-beater for the ages
The Horned Frogs couldn’t find a rhythm in the short time left and ultimately committed an unthinkable turnover. Arizona got the ball on the fast break with seconds dwindling. The lay-up fell through the net…but just fractions of a second after the final buzzer went off.
Arizona was that close to an all-timer ending for March Madness.
Obviously, the nullified basket led to overtime. And even if it helped make the game a classic, the Wildcats were so close to delivering a buzzer-beater we’d never forget.
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