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March Madness In February

 
March Madness In February
Posted February 13th, 2014 @ 7:57am

By Matt McCoy

March Madness is coming next month but Wacky Wednesday was February 12. The craziness started before any of the games tipped off as a rare snow and ice storm in the South, postponed the Duke at North Carolina game.  Once the games began, it was a couch potatos dream.

Ennis Hits Turner-like Winner

No. 1 Syracuse improved to 24-0 with a 58-56 win at Pittsburgh on a buzzer beating 35-footer by freshman Tyler Ennis. The shot was reminicent of Evan Turner's game winner against Michigan in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. In fact, ESPN's Dave O'Brien got to call them both. For comparison's sake you can check both of them out here.

Nittany Lions Rally While Hoosiers Gag

The Ennis shot was the headliner nationally, but in Big Ten country, Penn State's dramatic win in the closing seconds at Indiana was stunning. Of course, the Nittany Lions did it to the Buckeyes last month, coming back from 13 down in the final 8:00 to win in overtime. They one-upped themselves in this one. The Hoosiers led 64-53 with under 2:30 left and lost 66-65. The remarkable game ending 13-1 Penn State run was aided by a series of I.U. gaffes. Ultimately, Tim Frazier drove into the lane and scored at the rim with five seconds left, giving the Nittany Lions the win. Here's ESPN Sportscenter's recap on the crazy finish.

King James

The thrilling finishes weren't confined to college hoops. LeBron James put on the cape for Miami again, nailing a step back 3-pointer at the buzzer giving the Heat a 111-110 win at Golden State. Andre Iguodala, one of the NBA's best defenders, was draped all over James, but the best player in the world nailed it anyway. Check it out.

Aren't sports great? Who knew on a cold February night, we'd end up with so much entertainment. 

 

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