Reactions to the above tie-breaking buzzer beater—the first in a men’s college basketball championship in 30 years—are just as emotive as the shot itself.
On April 4, the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship basketball game ended with a spectacular title-winning three-point shot.
Squaring off at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Villanova University’s Wildcats played the Tar Heels of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in a game that may have had the best ending in the NCAA tournament’s history.
When Kris Jenkins of Villanova landed the three-pointer to beat UNC 77-74, Wildcats fans went feral; the stadium erupted in confetti and roars. No one could believe the tie-to-win turnover. Here are some of those priceless reactions.
Former basketball player and sports pundit Charles Barkley could not contain his love for the game.
Thrill of victory…
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 5, 2016
Astonishment, pure, uninhibited astonishment struck this security guard.
Michael Jordan’s reaction—in contrast to the overwhelming surge of the “Crying Michael Jordan” meme after UNC’s loss—was filled with respect and admiration. Jordan is a UNC alumnus and was a member of the Championship winning 1981-1982 Tar Heels team.
The crowd reactions, mainly from Wildcats fans, are just as entertaining. Villanova’s party, however, is just beginning as classes have been cancelled at the Pennsylvania university.
The viewing party in Villanova’s home stadium, The Pavilion, erupted after the final buzzer. The tense atmosphere in the final moments of the game is palpable.
— Kaylee Hartung (@KayleeHartung) April 5, 2016
Mayhem, it seems, broke out in the crowd after the buzzer went off.
NOVA WINS pic.twitter.com/t0xBqTnOS4
— Justine McDaniel (@McDanielJustine) April 5, 2016
The wildest crowd reaction, though, came from a bar near the Villanova campus. The shear roar generated by the revelers is deafening, and for the number of people in the bar, almost unbelievable.
REACTION: What the game-winning shot looked like from a near-campus bar.
— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNPhilly) April 5, 2016