The Best Games of the 2017 NCAA Tournament So Far
The 2017 NCAA Tournament isn’t over yet, but we’ve seen some great basketball the longer it continues.
This tournament has been one where with few early upsets, later games have included better competition. That better competition has led to some very intriguing contests, and even a buzzer beater or two. With only a few games to follow, these are the five best contests of the 2017 NCAA Tournament to date.
A game we considered for this list was Arizona vs. Xavier, and it was quite a finish. We didn’t put it up as Arizona looked so unbelievably bad those last few minutes. It didn’t reduce the magnitude of Xavier’s feat, but enjoyment of the game was another story. The Wildcats were clueless in the closing moments, and that element was hard to watch.
2017 NCAA Tournament: Best Games So Far
[alert heading=”5. Kentucky vs. Wichita State (Round of 32)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Wichita State just wouldn’t go away. With 56 seconds to go, Kentucky led this close game by one. Kentucky is a power, but the Shockers answered every Wildcat rally. Considering the enormity of the situation, both teams answered the ball. It came down to a three-point try at the end of the game, but Kentucky survived by three.[/alert]
[alert heading=”4. Oregon vs. Michigan (Sweet 16)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Give Michigan credit for getting where they got after all their adversity. The Wolverines went from a dangerous situation on an airplane to Big Ten champions, and then to the Sweet Sixteen. They almost got to the Elite Eight. Michigan and Oregon were close from start to finish, with Oregon going ahead one at around the one-minute mark. You didn’t know which way it would go until the very end.[/alert]
[alert heading=”3. Wisconsin vs. Villanova (Round of 32)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Wisconsin knows a thing or two about pulling upsets in March. They delivered one of the biggest blows of the NCAA Tournament when they stunned Villanova. In a tie game with under 15 seconds to go, Nigel Hayes laid the ball in to push the Badgers in front for good. This was a tight contest all the way through, and doubt makes for fun basketball.[/alert]
[alert heading=”2. Gonzaga vs. West Virginia (Sweet 16)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Even though West Virginia’s last possession was of poor quality, the rest of the game, they were tough as hell. Gonzaga clawed their way to this three-point victory, having to overturn a narrow deficit with a minute and a half to go. Jordan Matthews buried a three with 50 seconds left to win it. If you missed it, just because it wasn’t high-scoring doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun. It was a phenomenal game and both schools played hard. Sadly, one had to lose.[/alert]
[alert heading=”1. Florida vs. Wisconsin (Sweet 16)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]A buzzer beater to get to the Elite Eight isn’t quite a buzzer beater to win the title like we saw last year, but Florida will take it. They beat the Wisconsin Badgers in overtime by one on a Chris Chiozza triple. Bucky and the Badgers were four seconds away from the Elite Eight, after leading by five with under a minute left in OT. Then, after streaking up court with seconds left, Chiozza heaves in a miracle shot while still running. March Madness at its finest.[/alert]