Insert all the cheesy and overplayed This Is March cliches because things got WACKY in Conference USA hoops on Thursday night.
We knew a lot was at play in terms of seeding going into the final week and boy did the basketball gods shine down on us and deliver a trio of delicious buzzer-beater treats fulfilling our need for all the drama.
The first of the night came in the Rice-Marshall game in Huntington, West Virginia. With 11.9 seconds left, Marshall was up 88-86, coming out of a Rice time out. The Owls inbounded the ball from behind their own basket to a player at the key, then promptly dished to the Russian Reaper Egor Koulechov, who without hesitation pulled up and drained a cold-blooded three for the win.
What I love most about this GIF is that the highlight barely exist. Marshall’s in-house video production of the game wasn’t about to share it on Twitter and the Brickstreet Insurance logo nearly kept it from existing for our viewing pleasure. (Alas, I found it and shared it with the masses. If you’re not familiar with Egor Koulechov, you need to be.)
The next buzzer beater came at the UTSA-Charlotte game, where well known ice-water-veined assassin Jon Davis ripped the hearts out of the 300 Roadrunner fans in attendance. His pull-up three at the buzzer gave the 49ers the one-point win, 76-75. Please adsorb the clutch-ness that is Jon Davis, with, of course a touch of Celine Dion.
Last but not least we venture to El Paso, Texas where the UTEP Miners got “robbed” by what was deemed an error with the shot clock. Supposedly, the clock, which is operated in the hand of one of the officials, did not start in time, which in turn gave UTEP more time to convert the would-be tip in for the win. Instead it was reviewed and overturned, giving Old Dominion the 62-61 win and the 3 seed in next week’s conference tournament.
BONUS BODY BAG DUNK OF THE NIGHT HIGHLIGHT
Farewell to Florida Atlantic’s 7-footer Ronald Delph whose career was brought to an abrupt and violent end via this nasty poster dunk. UAB went on to beat the Owls 79-59.