It didn’t take long for this year’s NCAA Tournament to register its first buzzer beater. 11-seed Loyola-Chicago, a chic upset selection in the South Region, downed 6-seed Miami, 64-62, on Thursday afternoon via Donte Ingram’s game-winning three-pointer from the top of the key with 0.3 seconds remaining.The shot was made possible a few possessions earlier courtesy of a beautifully executed “hammer” set called by Loyola head coach Porter Moser. Warning: The following is basketball porn in its most explicit form.Based on lofty preseason expectations, Miami underachieved this season, Bruce Brown injury or not. The Hurricanes end the year with a 22-10 record and now will likely lose Walker and Brown as well as senior guard Ja’Quan Newton. Photo: Getty Images Follow Mike on Twitter Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And like ZAGS on Facebook
DONTE INGRAM GAME WINNER FOR LOYOLA-CHICAGO!!!https://t.co/Oh5prtXNvq pic.twitter.com/8X1WILQD5M— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) March 15, 2018
The Ramblers, dancing for the first time since the 1984-85 season, advance to take on 3-seed Tennessee in a second-round pairing on Saturday. Miami star freshman Lonnie Walker did not end his career on a high note, assuming the projected lottery pick will be a one-and-done. In crunch time, he broke down defensively multiple times, committed a crucial late turnover, and missed the front end of a one-and-one that led directly to Ingram’s heroic moment.
FYI: Loyola Chicago’s Hammer Play pic.twitter.com/tlw7CX0MWh— Todd Wolfson (@SFHShoops) March 15, 2018