These 5 buzzer-beaters have implications on this year's NCAA tournament

Published: Friday, Feb. 8 2013 2:51 p.m. MST

Illinois' Tyler Griffey (42) and fans watch Griffey's winning shot go into the basket to beat No. 1 ranked Indiana 74-72 in an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Thursday Feb. 7, 2013.

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With the storm that is March Madness quickly approaching, college basketball teams throughout the country are trying to pad their NCAA tournament resumes with quality wins.

Sometimes, those victories — or defeats — come down to a final shot.

Thursday night was a perfect example, as the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers were upended at the buzzer by Illinois, a team on the NCAA tournament bubble. Out West, UCLA and Washington went down to the wire before the Bruins prevailed on a fallaway shot in the final seconds.

These incidents aren't alone. When January rolls around, the pressure and intensity to produce turns up, and the past month has created several pressure-packed games that came down to a final shot.

Here's a look at five buzzer-beaters that could have NCAA tournament implications.

Email: bjudd@deseretnews.com; Twitter: @brandonljudd

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