It's March, which means the NCAA Tournament is just around the corner. But before March Madness takes hold, the conference tournaments, which get under way this week, often provide their own share of exciting finishes. Here are five memorable buzzer beaters from conference tournament play.
Ohio State vs. Michigan (2010 Big Ten quarterfinal)
The Wolverines were two seconds away from upsetting OSU in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in 2010. But then the Buckeyes got the ball into the hands of Evan Turner.
UConn vs. Pitt (2011 Big East quarterfinal)
Guard Kemba Walker's step-back jumper at the buzzer lifted the Huskies to an upset of Pitt in the Big East tournament and sparked a postseason run that ended with coach Jim Calhoun's third national championship.
Stetson vs. Belmont (2011 Atlantic Sun women's semifinal)
The women have provided their share of buzzer beating excitement in conference tournaments over the years, as in the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference semifinal, when Stetson guard Victoria McGowan threw in a 55-footer to beat Belmont.
BYU vs. UTEP (1992 WAC championship)
The Cougars were on the verge of seeing their hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid dashed until forward Kevin Nixon made a shot that BYU fans still talk about more than 20 years later.
Washington vs. Arizona (2011 Pac 10 championship)
A back-and-forth championship game in 2011 between the Huskies and the Wildcats came down to Washington's final possession in overtime.
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Stanly County 13-year old Babe Ruth Baseball squad claims state title
Don Montgomery Park in Albemarle played host this weekend to the state championship tournament for the Western Divsion of Babe Ruth Baseball for 13 year olds.
After having started with a win Friday night over Union County American, the Stanly County All-Stars posted three more victories en route to the tournament title and a berth into the regionals starting July 29 in Sarasota, Florida.
West Stanly summer baseball team wraps up regular season at Scotland County
In the final two games of the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League for the West Stanly squad, the Colts traveled to Scotland County for a doubleheader, making up for Tuesday’s rainout.
Three Stanly All-Star Babe Ruth teams open play in state tournaments
Three Babe Ruth Baseball teams from Stanly County began play in their respective state tournaments on Friday night with victories, two of which came in events conducted locally.
Albemarle High School athletic director resigns
The athletic program at Albemarle High School will undergo another change in personnel after the recent resignation of its head football coach.
Albemarle fireman and policeman race in school buses at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Pulling into Charlotte Motor Speedway, the first thing one may think about is getting in one of those really fast cars and taking a spin around the track.
Cracking the motor, hearing the roar, tearing down the front stretch at 200 mph with numerous other cars doing the same. The rush, excitement and adrenaline pumping all while maintaining focus and poise as you power the aggressive vehicle around the track.
North Stanly's Antonio Williams decommits to UNC-Chapel Hill
North Stanly standout running back Antonio Williams announced via Twitter on Saturday he has withdrawn his verbal committment to attend and play football at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Uwharrie Bobcats suffer loss, bounce back for home victory
The Uwharrie Bobcats 70+ slow pitch softball team, along with four other Piedmont Senior Slow Pitch League (PSSL) teams, participated in a league tournament at Rock Creek Park Saturday.
Can you really go home again?
The big news that flashed across the screens of smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers and televisions on Friday concerned the return of NBA star Lebron James to Cleveland after four years in Miami.
West Stanly summer team loses in home game to Pee Dee, bounces back for win over Carrboro
The West Stanly summer baseball team continued play this week with back-to-back home games in the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League on Thursday and Friday.
West Stanly hosted the Pee Dee Rattlers from Richmond County on Thursday and Carrboro in a non-divisional game Friday.
21st annual Hoops Unlimited camp teaches fun, fundamentals
One of the longest-running summer youth basketball camps now operating in Stanly County continued this week to teach the fundamental skills of basketball while keeping the day and the game fun for kids of all ages.
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