4. BRIAN WARDLE's 23 foot left key '3' at Louisville, January 3, 1998 - MU 71-70.
After fighting back from a 14-point deficit with ten minutes to go on the road, Brian Wardle's three-point shot at the buzzer beat Louisville in one of the most exciting regular season road games in Marquette history. After several questionable calls that went against Marquette and after two Louisville missed free throws, Jarrod Lovette grabbed a rebound, gave the ball to Marcus West, who pushed the ball up quickly over to the frontcourt. While radio announcer George Thompson screamed to get the ball in Aaron Hutchins' hands, West threw the ball over to Lovette at the top of the key with less than three seconds to go. Lovette turned to find Wardle in three-point land on the left side, who swished the shot at the buzzer. In a scene reminiscent of Al McGuire at Memphis State in 1971, Mike Deane, his team overcoming the "home town" refereeing and the taunts by the home crowd, ran to mid- court defiantly gloating in the Marquette win. As Deane left the court with security escorts, a Louisville fan in her 60s leaned over the railing and screamed to Deane, "I hope your plane goes down on the way home." As a statewide television audience watched, assistant coach Mark Biedlingmeier responded with a quick retort of his own.
3. MAURICE LUCAS' 23 foot turn-around jump shot at the Milwaukee Arena, February 6, 1974 - MU 59-58.
Wisconsin had lost eight straight games to the Warriors including a 49-48 overtime loss in the Milwaukee Classic earlier in the season. With 6:38 remaining, the Badgers were leading by 9 points. At the 4:48 mark, they still had a 52-45 lead but 3 straight turnovers enabled the Warriors to cut it to 52-51. Wisconsin increased its lead to 58-55 with 1:25 to go and could have put the game away but Kim Hughes missed the front end of a bonus free throw. Warrior forward Bo Ellis made a jumper and it was 58-57 with 44 seconds left. The Badgers ran the clock down to 17 seconds before Lloyd Walton intentionally fouled Kim Hughes. Coach Al McGuire called his last time-out to ice Hughes. It worked, as Hughes missed both free throws. As the clock ticked down, guard Dave Delsman got caught in a crowd in the left corner and went up and shoveled the ball out to Lucas. Lucas fumbled it for an instant and then made a 23-foot turnaround jump shot as time ran out. McGuire celebrated the win by jumping on top of the scorer's table. The victory gave the Warriors an 18-2 record. Marquette went on to play in the NCAA championship game, losing to North Carolina State 76-64.The father of Kim and Kerry Hughes gave McGuire a gesture that was captured by a Milwaukee Journal photographer. Back then, the Badger-MU game was more important to the Badgers than it is now, we suppose.
We have now counted down from #14 to #3. While it may be obvious which buzzer beaters are #1 & #2, it is still always great to relive those shots. Coming up next, the top two All-Time Marquette Buzzer Beaters!!