Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mr. March Madness No. 9: Hey Coach, play this kid

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. 9: Hey coach, play this kid

The great thing about Gus Johnson is that he can call a relatively unimportant basketball game and make it seem like the national title is on the line.

Back in 2007-2008, Georgetown was trying to pull away from Louisville atop the Big East conference standings with just two games left while Marquette, who came into this one two games behind the Hoyas, simply was trying to better their tournament profile.

This wasn't even the end of the game. There were still two more possessions for each team upcoming as Georgetown eventually forced overtime and won the game. The situation here? Seldomly used reserve center Dwight Burke was on the court with 30 seconds left in a tie ball game and, well, just watch the video:

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.

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