Three-point project: Big East
Too bad the NCAA didn't allow the three-point shot earlier in the 1980s. Who knows how many three-pointers Roger McClendon would have made for the Bearcats. In his one season with the new rule, the Centennial product set a school record for three-point percentage (.476) that stands 25 years later. McClendon hit 80 of 168. McClendon is fifth on Cincinnati's career scoring list.
In the 2004 NCAA semifinal against Duke, the Huskies trailed 75-67 when Rashad Anderson hit a three-pointer with 2:40 left to start a 12-0 run that gave UConn a 79-78 win. UConn won the 2004 title two days later against Georgia Tech.
On Feb. 25, 1995, at the Rosemont Horizon, DePaul was down by three with 11.4 seconds left when Tom Kleinschmidt was fouled while making a three. He converted the four-point play and finished with 30 points in an 82-81 win against Louisville. It is known around campus as the "TK For Four" play.
Jonathan Wallace's late three-pointer sent the 2007 East Region final against North Carolina into overtime, a game the Hoyas would win to reach the 2007 Final Four.
On Jan. 9, 2009, against Kentucky, Louisville had possession in a game tied at 71 as the clock was winding down. Edgar Sosa, who scored 18 points in the game, started to dribble toward the top of the key but instead pulled up and buried a 25-footer with 2.3 seconds remaining for the game-winner.
On Feb. 28, 1996, Aaron Hutchins' step-back three-pointer with three seconds left in double overtime beat No. 21 Louisville 80-79. ESPN named that contest its Game of the Year for the 1996-97 season.
Elmer Bennett ended No. 4 Syracuse's 37-game nonconference winning streak at the Carrier Dome with a three-point shot at the buzzer to give the Irish a 66-65 victory on Feb. 17, 1990.
Levance Fields' three-pointer helped beat Duke 65-64 in overtime on Dec. 20, 2007, at Madison Square Garden. School insiders consider it the most significant shot — and win — in the last 10 years at Pitt.
Pop Lewis' shot in the closing seconds gave Providence an 82-79 win against No. 11 Georgetown on Jan. 28, 1987. He hit the shot off a pass from Billy Donovan to break a 79-79 tie and give Rick Pitino's Friars their sixth straight win. Lewis' three was the third straight three he hit, which also were the last three baskets of the game. The Friars advanced to the Final Four that season.
On Feb. 9, 2011, Jonathan Mitchell completed a four-point play with 0.8 second left to lead Rutgers to a 77-76 victory against No. 9 Villanova. The students stormed the court as time expired to celebrate a win that saw the Scarlet Knights overcome a 10-point deficit with less than three minutes to play.
Greg "Boo" Harvey's three-pointer with eight seconds left gave St. John's its only lead of the game in a 63-62 win over No. 5 Georgetown on Feb. 21, 1990. It was his third three of the season that tied or won a game in the final seconds.
In the NCAA title game against Michigan in 1989, with Seton Hall trailing 71-68, John Morton nailed a game-tying three-pointer with 25 seconds left to force overtime. Ultimately, Seton Hall would lose 80-79 in OT, but it would be the closest the Pirates would get to winning an NCAA championship. Morton, who put the team on his back that night, scored 35 points to lead all scorers.
Three players in Bulls history have hit eight three-pointers in a game. Only one came in a win. On Feb, 16, 2002, Reggie Kohn tied the school record in a win at TCU. Kohn holds the school career three-pointer record with 252 and is also the school's career assists leader.
Gerry McNamara hit two big threes in the 2006 Big East tournament. Against Cincinnati in Syracuse's first game, McNamara dribbled from the defensive end to the top of the key and drained a three-pointer just before the horn to beat the Bearcats 74-73. The next day, he hit a three-pointer with five seconds left to send a game with No. 1 Connecticut into overtime. The Orange eventually won 86-84.
On Jan. 30, 1999, Jermaine Medley stole a pass near midcourt and canned a 30-footer as time expired in the second overtime to give Villanova a 93-90 win over Georgetown. Only seconds earlier, a Howard Brown triple from the corner had allowed the Wildcats to tie the game at 90.
Darris Nichols' three-pointer as time expired beat Mississippi State in the semifinals of the 2007 NIT at Madison Square Garden. The Mountaineers then beat Clemson in the finals for their first national championship since 1942.