Del’s feeling under the weather, so I’ll take over the Daily Dagger for today. And with Jim Larranaga’s recent departure from George Mason to Miami, it’s only fitting that we dedicate the Dagger to his best team ever that reached the Final Four in 2006. We were at this classic and it was truly amazing. No one thought Mason could pull off the upset against Jim Calhoun and the top seed UConn Huskies. They proved everyone wrong and gave small schools everywhere hope that they could be a Cinderalla team one day too.
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This Daily Dagger took place on January 4, 2010, in an out of conference matchup between the NC State Wolfpack and the Florida Gators. Down by 2 points with 3 second left in OT, Florida’s Chandler Parsons grabbed a missed FT, took one dribble, and hit an unbelievable 3/4 shot to give the Gators the win 62-61. The Gators had been losing by 5 in OT with under a minute left and their chances seemed slim, but Chandler certainly proved that wrong. Then a junior, Parsons would go on to have a phenomenal senior year in 2011! What a shot!
Today’s Daily Dagger took place in the 1998 NCAA Tournament between second-seeded UConn against eleventh-seeded Washington. Down by one point with ten seconds left in the game, Connecticut put the ball in the hands of their leader and best player, Richard “Rip” Hamilton. One miss two miss, third times a charm! After misses by Jake Voskuhl and Hamilton, the ball was tipped right back to ‘Rip” and he hit a fade away jumper right as time expired. Through out all of this chaos, CBS’s Sean McDonough adds to the ultimate drama with his epic call of HAMILTON! The UConn Huskies took down the other Huskies that evening 74-73, with no time left on the clock. It was nuts, check it out. HAMILTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today’s Daily Dagger took place in the 2003 NCAA Tournament First Round match up between 6-seed and defending National Champions Maryland Terrapins and 11-seed UNC Willmington. Coming out very flat, the Terrapins were in a battle for most of the game and it looked as if Wilmington would pull off the upset. After a timeout with Maryland down 1, Drew Nicholas ran the length of the court and knocked down one of the most famous shots in tournament and Maryland history. Defeating UNC-Willmington 75-73, the Terps stormed into the locker room following the crazed senior Nicholas. To me this is what March is all about! I love this play and always will. Thanks again Drew.
Note- The clip is over 4 minutes, but he makes the shot within the 1st minute.
Walker Lifts UConn!
Hello everyone, welcome to the first of many Daily Daggers. Everyday, I will be writing about a shot, a play, or just simply anything I find as a “dagger.”
Today’s Daily Dagger took place in the 2011 Big East Tournament’s Quarter Final matchup between the no.19 Connecticut Huskies and no. 3 Pittsburgh Panthers. With Pittsburgh taking down the regular season crown, they came into this match up as favorites and the number 1 seed of the Big East. Connecticut, up and down most of the season, really needed another signature victory to get them some momentum for the NCAAs.
Although stars Jeremy Lamb (17 points) and Alex Oriachi (13 points), both had very solid games for the Huskies , this was still-AS ALWAYS-the Kemba Walker show. Kemba, one of the nation’s leading scorer and most dominant players in the country, took matters into his own hands. After a missed shot with 40 seconds left in the game, Connecticut called a timeout and set up what was, I feel, the best play of the Big East Tournament and one of the best shots made this year. With the game tied at 74, Kemba knew he had to make a play. With time running out on the clock, Kemba dribbled the ball down to the last second, crossed up Pittsburgh’s best defender Gary McGhee, and drilled a step back jumper at the top of the key right in the Panther’s eye. After the game Kemba claimed, “I had missed a shot and my teammates told me to just stay aggressive,” he said. “Everybody in the world knew that ball was coming to me. I wanted to take that shot.”
This shot was not only a dagger for Pittsburgh at the time, but a moment for the Huskies that sparked their run all the way to Houston. Nice shot Kemba, what a dagger!