March Madness is all about upsets and Cinderella stories, and there was a big upset in the second game on Thursday’s slate when No. 13 Furman hit a last-second 3-pointer to defeat No. 4 Virginia in Orlando .
But it didn’t look like Furman had a chance as Virginia held the lead with just under 10 seconds left. Until point guard Kihei Clark tried to escape a trap by throwing a pass down the court to kill the clock.
It was a mistake. Furman’s Garrett Hien intercepted the pass and found JP Pegues for a deep 3-pointer and a 68-67 lead with 2.2 seconds left.
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Virginia offered a prayer at the end, but went unanswered, and the Cavaliers players were stunned.
So were many March Madness fans on social media, including Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
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Bally Sports’ Annie Agar compared the pass to a try during the final NFL season. The New England Patriots attempted a tricky last-second play against the Los Vegas Raiders, and NFL fans will remember that it didn’t go so well.
Virginia has been a team susceptible to surprises due to the slow and methodical style of play under head coach Tony Bennett. Sixteen-seeded UMBC defeated the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers in 2018 in one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history.
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Upsets are one of the best parts of the tournament, which is why recently retired NFL defensive end JJ Watt is thrilled at the start of March Madness.
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