Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mr. March Madness No. 8: Sylvester for three

March is a great month. Not only because it ushers in the start of spring, but because of March Madness, the greatest sporting event of the year.

There are many reasons why March Madness is great. The endless basketball, the great games, the upsets, and the the buzzer-beaters. But there is one thing that ties all of these great reasons together, and that one thing makes all of those reasons infinitely better.

Gus Johnson.

In honor of his contribution to March Madness, B.I.A.H will be counting down the 10 greatest calls from Gus Johnson. Now, not all of the clips are from March Madness, but all of them are instant-classics.

Here is No. 8: Sylvester for three

To create the perfect game, you don't need many ingredients: One undefeated team, one major underdog, one game-winning 3-pointer, one court-storming, and one Gus Johnson.

In case you've forgotten, this was the final game of the regular season and Illinois, with Dee Brown, Deron Williams, and Luther Head, was undefeated coming in:

This wasn't the most creative Gus Johnson call we've seen, but sometimes you don't need creativity, you need execution, and Gus-Jeezy executes this perfectly.

Matt Sylvester was just 28% from behind the arc over the course of his career and never averaged more than 7.8 ppg. But nobody will ever remember that about him. What we will remember about him is that he was part of a legendary Gus Johnson call.

Mr. March Madness: No. 9 - Hey coach, play this kid
Mr. March Madness: No. 10 - Overtime in Seattle
Mr. March Madness: The Preview

To browse the rest of our Mr. March Madness countdown, click here.

1 comment:

Jaden Daly said...

How about Gus and Raftery sharing the call? Now that's something we need more of.