January 03, 2010
We're just three days into 2010, but we may have our college basketball play of the year.
Florida junior Chandler Parsons hit a 70-foot 3-pointer Sunday in Raleigh to give the Gators a stunning 62-61 victory over N.C. State. The Wolfpack held a two-point lead with 2.6 seconds remaining when Farnold Degand missed a free throw. Parsons grabbed the rebound, took four steps and heaved the ball from three-quarters court.
You could go years without seeing as good a buzzer-beater in college basketball.
Great win for the Gators, but I'd be remiss if I didn't rain on the parade a little and ask why it's taking miracle buzzer-beaters to beat N.C. State? Wasn't Billy Donovan supposed to be building a perennial power in Gainesville? Two straight NIT berths (with a third looking possible) wasn't quite what anyone had in mind.