Top Tournament Moments: Sparks' Desperation 3 Still Good

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This post is sponsored by U.S. Cellular.

There have been a lot of great moments in NCAA tournament history.  Unfortunately for Seminole fans, few have involved Florida State.  But to celebrate the magic that is March Madness, U.S. Cellular asked me to write a post on my favorite NCAA moment.  

It was March of 2005.  The 5th-seeded Michigan State Spartans took on the 2nd-seeded Kentucky Wildcats.  The game had been sloppy, but hard fought.  The pace wasn't frenetic but the game was exciting as neither team held a lead of more than 5 points.  

UK led at the half 37-33, but as the game approached the final horn, Kentucky found itself needing a 3.  In a game that featured a ridiculous number of wild 3-point attempts that somehow found the bottom of the net, Patrick Sparks desperation heave was only fitting.

For another angle shot by someone in the crowd, check inside.

But was it a 3-pointer?  The refs reviewed the shot for what seemed like forever.  It was good and we had more basketball.  Michigan State finally outlasted Kentucky- in double overtime no less, and would go on to reach the final 4.  But on that day, I didn't want this game to end.  And for a while, it seemed like it would not.

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