Three-point project: Missouri Valley
In the 1996 MVC tournament semifinals against Missouri State, Deon Jackson chased down a loose ball on a broken play and heaved up a fallaway from the left wing as the horn sounded, sending the Braves to the MVC tournament championship game and likely securing an eventual at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. It was selected as the top play in the first 20 years of Arch Madness (MVC tournament in St. Louis).
Playing fifth-seeded Florida in the 2002 NCAA tournament at the United Center in Chicago, Terrell Taylor's shot with 0.2 second left in double overtime — his eighth trey since halftime — gave the 12th-seeded Bluejays an 83-82 win.
B.J. Windhorst made 8 of 12 three-pointers in the second half, seven of them consecutively, against San Diego on Dec. 29, 1994. He scored all 26 of Drake's points from 9:30 left to the end of the game.
Reed Crafton hit a 28-footer with three seconds left in OT to give Evansville its only NCAA tournament win, a 1989 victory against Oregon State at Tucson, Ariz. The game was the final one for Hall of Fame coach Ralph Miller of Oregon State.
Matt Taphorn's three-pointer with three seconds remaining gave the Redbirds an 89-88 win against No. 14 Iowa in the first round of the All-College Tournament on Dec. 29, 1987.
Against Indiana on Nov. 29, 2000, Michael Menser seemingly single-handedly led the Sycamores to a 59-58 victory against Indiana before a standing-room-only crowd of 10,220 at ISU's Hulman Center. Down four, Menser hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 8.5 seconds remaining. Indiana State then fouled Indiana's Kirk Haston, who made the front end but missed the second of the one-and-one opportunity. Menser raced up the court and canned the game-winning trey with less than a second remaining, setting off a celebration that went long into the night. The sequence is known as "Michael's Miracle."
William Fontleroy's three-pointer against Indiana State in the 1999 MVC tournament quarterfinals forced overtime. The Bears went on to win 79-78, solidifying an at-large spot in the NCAA tournament in the team's Sweet 16 run that included wins against Wisconsin and Tennessee.
Ali Farokhmanesh's three-pointer with 35 seconds left — and 30 ticks on the shot clock — helped Northern Iowa to a 69-67 win against the top-seeded and top-ranked Jayhawks in the 2010 NCAA tournament. The win gave UNI a berth into its first Sweet 16.
Against Creighton on Feb. 20, 2002, Kent Williams hit a three-pointer from the left corner — falling out of bounds — that put SIU ahead 63-62 with 22 seconds to go. Bruce Weber's Salukis won the game en route to the conference title. They got a No. 11 seed and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16.
In 2005-06, the Shockers beat Tennessee to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1981. P.J. Couisnard hit a three to seal the 80-73 win.