In case you just missed perhaps the most ridiculous (in a good way) final two seconds in NCAA basketball history, eighth-seeded Butler just pulled off a 71-70 upset of top-seeded Pittsburgh to advance to the Sweet 16 out of the Southeast Region.
Butler’s Andrew Smith scored on a layup with 2.2 seconds left to give Butler a 70-69 lead. On the ensuring inbounds play, Pitt let the ball get all the way to half court. Gilbert Brown picked it up and was immediately fouled by Shelvin Mack. Brown made the first free throw with 1.4 seconds left, but not the second. Matt Howard snared the rebound and, in some sort of attempt at an 88-foot shot, was fouled by Pitt’s Nasir Robinson with 0.8 of a second left. Howard hit his first free throw and missed the second.
“I make that shot and think we’re going to win,” Smith said. “Then I see the foul and think we’re going to lose. Then they foul Matt and I think we’re going to win. This was the craziest game I have ever been a part of. It’s probably the craziest game I have ever seen.”
On Robinson's foul, Smith said: “I don’t know what they were thinking. He grabbed Matt. They had to call that.”
You be the judge.