Each day, AllHoosiers.com has a new installment in “The Greatest” series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana basketball history.
The first top 10 countdown looked at some of the top individual performances in IU history. The second list focused on last-second shots. Here’s the final installment for today, the No. 2 shot in IU history. Check back later tomorrow for No. 1.
NO. 2: WHERE WERE YOU WHEN WATFORD HIT ‘THE SHOT’?
It was a shot that only was heard around the college basketball world it was a program-changing shot for a program that had fallen on rough times.
Ask Indiana basketball fans where they were on Dec. 10, 2011 and most will be able to tell you. That was the day Christian Watford’s 3-pointer from the left wing as time expired lifted Indiana to a 73-72 victory over No. 1 Kentucky at Assembly Hall.
The fans flooded the floor and ESPN would run that highlight over and over and over the rest of the regular season and into the tournament where ultimately IU and Kentucky would meet again.
When Doron Lamb made one of two free throws with 5.6 seconds to play, Kentucky led 72-70.
The Wildcats had two fouls to give and everyone was expecting those to come quickly. Instead, Kentucky opted to play it straight up.
As the play unfolded, Watford inbounded the ball to Verdell Jones III who dribbled it to half court closely guarded by Marquis Teague. At half court, Cody Zeller collected Teague with a screen and Jones continued to dribble to the center of the floor. Jones crossed inside the 3-point line, pulled up and tossed the ball out to Watford on the left wing.
When the shot left his hands there was less than a second remaining.
Of course it went in and a national television audience on ESPN watched IU fans go hysterical rushing the floor.
It was a great shot and in many programs would likely be remembered as the greatest last-second shot ever. But there was one more in Indiana lore with a lot more hanging in the balance that takes home the top last-second shot of all time.
Check in Sunday afternoon to read about the No. 1 last-second shot of all time.
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