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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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Given the Cougars' Thursday night loss at San Diego, this loss takes on even more importance, as BYU's NCAA tournament resume is short on impressive victories. This one has so far been the Cougars' best chance at a victory over a quality opponent, but a pair of closing shots put BYU on the short end of the score.

Tyler Haws' fallaway jumper in the key with 2.5 seconds left appeared to be the game-winner. But St. Mary's Matthew Dellavedova had other plans, hitting a double clutch, near-midcourt shot between a pair of BYU defenders to lift the Gaels to the 70-69 victory.

Including that win, St. Mary's has now won eight straight and is a half-game behind Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference standings, upping its chances to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.

BYU, however, has lost three of its past seven, including the loss to the Gaels. The Cougars, at 18-7 and 8-3 in league play, look like they will need to win the WCC tournament to make their eighth straight NCAA tournament appearance.

Up next: A pair of Bulldogs go down to the wire.
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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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