Game Time: Ten Historically Significant March Madness Buzzer Beaters

In my effort to help everyone prepare for March Madness, I bring you the second installment of the March Madness Preview. (Click here for yesterday's first installment -- you know the part with my picks and what not.) Today, we look at some of the most historical buzzer beaters in tournament history. Without further ado....

10. U.S. REED, Arkansas vs Louisville, 1981 (Second Round)

FINAL SCORE: Arkansas 74, Louisville 73
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Aside from being the first buzzer beater ever (and to my knowledge, to this day still the only) hit by a person named after our country, this half-court gem from Reed was a just part of a tournament that included Danny Ainge's buzzer beater against Notre Dame, St. Joe's knocking off DePaul (and number-one overall NBA draft choice that year Mark Aguirre) in the waning seconds, and Kansas State (and future Aguirre NBA teammate Rolando Blackman) making a deep run in the tourney, including knocking off one-seed Oregon State.


UNDERRATED COMEDY:
Reed became the first and only player to ever get off a half court buzzer beater after dribbling the ball like Stanley Hudson from The Office.


KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts afternoon drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the post game show for the Houston Texans.
Contact: Sean Pendergast