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

Published: Friday, Feb. 8 2013 2:36 p.m. MST

Associated Press

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.

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Salt Lake City, UT

After the deli-dagger and the meltdown in San Diego, BYU's only chance of making the Big Dance this year is winning the WCC tourney.

So, you're saying there's a chance...

Samurai Jack
Layton, UT

Dear Ufan:

After untold losses and a thrashing at the hands of PAC12 bottom feeder Oregon State, Utah's only chance at making the Big Dance is.....

... Yeah no chance.

Just like the year before.... and so on.

Overton, NV

Huh. A 48-47 win over Oregon is a quality win for Colorado?

Any college game that finishes with scores in the 50s is far from "quality."

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