The Greatest Series: Last Second Shot No. 1

It would have been hard to give the No. 1 last-second shot to anyone else. This shot gave Indiana the national championship. Read on for the details.

Each day, 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 No. 1 all-time last second shot in Indiana basketball history.

Check back Monday to read about what the next top 10 countdown will focus on in The Greatest Series.


Much like was the case with Christian Watford’s shot against Kentucky that was No. 2 on this list, Keith Smart’s shot in the 1987 national title game against Syracuse is one you’ve likely seen hundreds of times.

Smart’s baseline floater in the closing seconds of the ’87 national championship game gave Indiana a come-from-behind 74-73 victory.

Syracuse scored to make it 72-70 and then hit one of two free throws to up the lead to 73-70. The second free throw was missed though and Smart grabbed the rebound and raced up the floor. He pulled up and hit a 10-foot jumper to get the Hoosiers to within a point at 73-72 with 30 seconds to play.

The rest, as they say, is history. Derrick Coleman would miss the front end of a one-and-one and IU went down the court without using a timeout. Smart's infamous game-winner went through the net with 5 seconds to play and the Hoosiers had claimed their fifth national championship.

Steve Alford led the Hoosiers with 23 points but Smart had 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and five rebounds for Indiana.

Check in Monday to read about what the next top 10 countdown list will be in The Greatest Series from The next series will debut on Tuesday, July 22.

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