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

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

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The Illini went into their matchup with the top-ranked Hoosiers having lost six of their past seven games.

Illinois, which once trailed by 14 in the second half, forced an Indiana turnover with 6.5 seconds to go. After the Hoosiers blocked a shot attempt, Illinois had one last chance with 0.9 seconds remaining to come up with a play. The winner came from senior Tyler Griffey, who took the inbounds pass and made an uncontested layup at the buzzer, giving the Illini a 74-72 victory.

For the Hoosiers, a loss like this likely won't knock them out of a No. 1 seed, unless they let let a couple more losses stack up.

For Illinois, however, this is a big win, one of several for a team that was just 2-7 in Big Ten play headed into Thursday. The Illini (16-8), who are among the "Last Four In" in ESPN's Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology released Friday morning, can add the win over the Hoosiers to victories over Butler on a neutral court, Ohio State at home and a road victory over Gonzaga.

Up next: The Bruins pick up a much-needed Pac-12 win.

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Ufan
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.

NevadaCoug
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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