March Madness is all about the upsets and Cinderella stories, and there was a big upset in Game 2 of Thursday’s standings when No. 13 Furman hit a last-second 3-pointer to defeat No. 4 Virginia in Orlando.
But it didn’t look like Furman stood a chance as Virginia took the lead with just under 10 seconds to go. Until point guard Kihei Clark tried to escape a trap by throwing a pass across the floor to kill the clock.
There was an error. 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 to play.
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Virginia let out a prayer at the end, but it went unanswered and the Cavaliers players were stunned.
So have many March Madness fans on social media, including Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
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Bally Sports’ Annie Agar likened the pass to an attempt during the past NFL season. The New England Patriots tried a last-second trick play against the Las Vegas Raiders, and NFL fans will remember that didn’t go so well.
Virginia was a team prone to upsets due to the slow, methodical style of play under head coach Tony Bennett. 16-seeded UMBC defeated the No. 1 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 loves the start of March Madness.
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