The Florida Gators and the Wisconsin Badgers at Madison Square Garden came up with the game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
- 4. Florida Gators 84 (27-8)
- 8. Wisconsin Badgers 83 (27-10)
- NCAA Tournament, Final, Box Score
- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in.
Through 59 games of this 2017 NCAA Tournament, we saw no buzzer-beaters, no overtime. This is something of a rarity during March Madness.
On Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the Florida Gators and Wisconsin Badgers changed all of that.
Down double-digits in the second half, Wisconsin battled all the way back. Needing a three-pointer to tie things up, Aaron Rodgers got involved. That’s right, Aaron Rodgers.
Guard Zak Showalter nailed this bumbling runner of a three that tied things up. With Rodgers sitting courtside, the Discount Double Check move was appropriate:
Wisconsin gonna Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/mm46Bw2y1h
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) March 25, 2017
RT SInow: Zak Showalter sent it to OT then looked right at Aaron Rodgers and did the belt celebration! pic.twitter.com/olLxOyMpSC
— Nick Zweifel (@iRideTrek) March 25, 2017
It would not be the lasting memory of this game because what happened in overtime was beyond any comprehension.
Needing to go coast-to-coast in under four seconds, junior guard Chris Chiozza created one of the top college hoops memories Madison Square Garden has ever showcased:
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) March 25, 2017
What’s crazy is that both memorable shots were of the same ilk: three-point runners that rarely go down.
The Florida Gators will now take on the red-hot South Carolina Gamecocks in the regional final on Sunday.