Through overtime and a pair of desperation, buzzer-beating three-pointers, No. 4 Florida and No. 8 Wisconsin produced the game of the NCAA tournament in the final matchup of the Sweet 16.
Trailing by 12 with under six minutes remaining, the Badgers mounted a furious rally to pull within three with seconds remaining. Then senior guard Zak Showalter hit an insane, one-footed, off-balance three-ball for what briefly seemed would be a lasting moment in March Madness history.
Zak Showalter is a legend pic.twitter.com/kA28plDCNh
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) March 25, 2017
Zak Showalter hit this shot to tie it.
Looked at Aaron Rodgers and did the double-check.
He is officially a legend. pic.twitter.com/MhBn62vmtI
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 25, 2017
"Aaron told me before the game, he's like 'I want a belt,' and that was the first thing that went through my head when I made it," Showalter said after the game.
In overtime, it was the Gators who stormed back from a deficit. Wisconsin led by five with 50 seconds remaining. Their comeback was marked first by the defensive play of senior transfer Canyon Berry, son of Hall of Famer Rick Berry, who chased down Khalil Iverson for an unexpected block.
CANYON BERRY CLUTCH BLOCK!!! pic.twitter.com/hCGBsOyN7a
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) March 25, 2017
After a layup from guard Chris Chiozza tied things up, Nigel Hayes looked to put the Badgers up for good when he was fouled with four seconds left and put his team up two.
Then Chiozza struck again, making it the lngth of the floor for a full-speed three that fell in after the buzzer sounded.
— Chat Sports NCAA (@ChatNCAA) March 25, 2017
Five of Chiozza's eight points came in the final 24 seconds.
"God blessed me with great speed," he said after the dramatic 84-83 win. "I knew I could get to the other end of the court and get someone else a shot or myself a shot."
Despite the heroics from Chiozza, Berry, and Showalter, the star of the game was KeVaughn Allen, who dropped a game-high 35 points on 11-of-24 shooting.