On this, the opening day of March Madness, we bring you the four most memorable plays in NCAA Tournament history…reenacted by Lego figures!
Viewer discretion: a few of these magic moments may have transpired before your time. So if the name Christian Laettner is strange to you, we offer a breakdown of the scenarios played out by the toy building bricks.
No. 4: Duke vs. Kentucky, East Regional Final, March 28, 1992
The buzzer-beater of all buzzer-beaters. Kentucky holds a one-point lead with 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime. Grant Hill heaves an overhand inbounds pass three-quarters the length of the court to teammate Christian Laettner. The ball slips through the fingers of a Kentucky defender and lands in the hands of Laettner, who takes one dribble, fakes right, spins left and drills a fadeaway jumper. Ballgame, Blue Devils.
No. 3: North Carolina vs. Michigan, NCAA Final, April 5, 1993
There's no arguing that Michigan's Fab Five was the most electrifying lineup in college hoops history [it's even been documented]. Chris Webber, the leader of the Wolverine quintet, pulls off what is arguably the biggest blunder in NCAA Tournament history. With 36 seconds remaining and his team trailing by two, Webber pulls down a defensive board. All his teammates rush up court, so the rugged power forward brings the ball up himself. North Carolina traps him near midcourt. Webber panics and signals "T" for a timeout. Only problem: Michigan is out of timeouts. Michigan gets a "T" for technical foul. The rest is history.
No. 2: UCLA vs. Missouri, Second Round, March 19, 1995
Number-one seeded UCLA avoids an upset at the hands of 8th-ranked Mizzou. Trailing by one with four seconds on the clock, the Bruins turn to speedy Tyus Edney instead of their primary scoring option, Ed O'Bannon. Edney receives the inbound pass and zips up the left side of the floor. Without breaking stride, he blows by a defender with a devastating behind-the-back dribble, attacks the basket and nails a bank shot as time expires.
No. 1: Butler vs. Duke, NCAA Final, April 5, 2010
No explanation needed here. Cinderella-story Butler, out of the Horizon League, stages a magnificent run all the way to the championship game, where they face off against perennial powerhouse Duke Blue Devils. One of the most thrilling finals in years ends with a desperation half-court shot by Butler's Gordon Hayward. The ball bounces off the back of the rim. Duke wins, 61-59.
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