It’s virtually impossible to score five points in under one second in basketball, particularly if you don’t even have possession the whole time.
But it’s a whole lot easier with the help of boneheadedness on the part of your opponents, which is how the University of Virginia Cavaliers managed to top the University of Louisville Cardinals in regulation despite trailing by four with 0.9 seconds remaining.
You read that right.
With 0.9 seconds remaining and his team trailing 66-62, Virginia guard Ty Jerome was fouled shooting a three-pointer. He made the first two free throws, and intentionally missed the third with the hope a teammate would be able to tap the ball back in for a win.
That wouldn’t happen, as the Cavs’ eagerness for the board led to a lane violation on big man Mamadi Diakite.
All the Cardinals had to do was get the ball inbounds.
Ron Howard voice: They wouldn’t.
Instead, Louisville forward Deng Adel forgot he wasn’t allowed to run the baseline, as one can do following a made basket. His turnover set up freshman De’Andre Hunter for the biggest shot of his life.
No. 1 Virginia was down 4 with under a second to go … and won.
Yep, it’s officially March. pic.twitter.com/yZR0OtFyTv
— ESPN (@espn) March 2, 2018
“I just knew I had to get a shot off quick,” said Hunter, standing in a boot with his right knee wrapped in ice after turning it in practice this week. “The play wasn’t originally drawn up for me, but Ty told me to step back and if I had a look to shoot it. That’s what I did, and it’s my first game-winner ever.”
It was already a crappy few weeks for Louisville, and once again they’ve only got themselves to blame for making it much, much worse.