About three hours after the potential first buzzer-beater of the 2018 NCAA tournament narrowly rimmed out, the No. 11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers stormed in to give hoops fans a pair of firsts for this year’s edition of March Madness in one swoop: the first last-second game-winner and the first upset of the tourney.
Down by three to a talented No. 6 Miami Hurricanes squad, Ramblers head coach Porter Moser dialed up this gorgeous play for a game-tying three-pointer.
Hammer Set ran by Loyola Chicago during their upset of Miami pic.twitter.com/mJ17KfTHW3
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A minute later, Miami guard Lonnie Walker, a potential lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft, had the opportunity to put his team up by three with nine seconds remaining.
Instead, he bricked the front end of a one-and-one, leaving the door wide open for this deep, deep game-winner from Ramblers senior guard Donte Ingram.
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Ingram’s heave melted Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga and all Hurricanes fans into a puddle of dejection.
No. 11 Loyola Chicago uses a late three to take out No. 6 Miami, 64-62 pic.twitter.com/pl3TUI41gW
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Apparently, everyone should have seen this coming.
Donte Ingram’s three with 0.3 seconds left gave Loyola-Chicago a 64-62 win over Miami.
Over the past five NCAA Tournaments, 11 seeds are 11-6 against 6 seeds.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 15, 2018
One of our sleeper picks heading into the tournament (then again, so was Miami), the Ramblers hadn’t won a tournament game since 1985, and were the national champions in 1963.