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Crazy night of college hoops highlighted by several buzzer-beaters (Video)

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March Madness is officially upon us. Conference championship play has begun across the nation, and Saturday marked one of the most exciting days of college basketball we have ever seen. Buzzer-beaters became the theme of the night, as four teams knocked off their opponents with dramatic last-second shots.

Let’s start with the Big East, which has always been known to provide us with some of the best drama in college hoops. On Saturday, Marquette’s Vander Blue helped his 15th-ranked Golden Eagles grab a share of the Big East regular season title with a last-second layup in overtime against St. John’s. The title is Marquette’s first since joining the Big East in 2005.

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Alabama Basketball Fans Mock LSU Football Team in Clever Fashion (Video)

The LSU men’s basketball team had to deal with an unfortunate scheduling coincidence on Wednesday night. Just two nights after Alabama embarrassed LSU on the football field to win the 2011 National Championship, the Tigers had to travel to Alabama to face the Crimson Tide in hoops. Naturally, the Alabama students weren’t about to let the LSU players get through the evening without some harassment — whether Monday night’s loss had anything to do with them or not. At least the Crimson Tide students were clever about it. Check out this video of the Alabama student section letting out a mock cheer when LSU crossed the half-court line, courtesy of The Dagger:

Between this, the Rex Ryan feet costumes, and the enormous cutout of Kim Kardashian, fans are going through a pretty creative streak.  As we all witnessed on Monday, Les Miles chose to stick with Jordan Jefferson against Alabama and the plan failed miserably.  LSU managed an embarrassing 92 yards of total offense.  Whether it has anything to do with a basketball game or not, they deserve all the harmless heckling they receive.  Oh, and Alabama smacked LSU, 69-53, on the court. Roll Tide once again.

Did Mykal Riley’s 3ptr Save Lives?

It’s insane to consider the thought, but it’s quite possible Mykal Riley saved lives by making a shot in a basketball game. Yes, that’s correct, with one basket, Mykal Riley could have changed the fate of thousands of people. On Friday night in Atlanta, Alabama was trailing Mississippi State by three points at the end of the game. Riley hit a three-pointer to tie the ballgame and send it to overtime. Three minutes later, the game was delayed over an hour because of a tornado that ripped through the area. But it wasn’t until David Stein pointed it out to me at Sporting News Radio that I realized Riley’s shot altered the course of history for several fans in attendance. The situation was full of what-ifs.

What if Riley hadn’t made the shot? Would all the fans have poured out into the streets and been exposed to the powers of mother nature that tore portions of the Georgia Dome roof off? Seems like that would have been the case. After the game, Riley’s comments seemed to indicate he understood the magnitude of his literally life-altering shot:

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