It's take time to fully digest, but it's safe to say Kansas State's 101-96 double-overtime win against Xavier is going to go down as a classic. It had momentum swings, tense moments, big-time players and huge shots – Jordan Crawford's bomb at the end of the first overtime still boggles the mind.
In short, it had everything. (Highlights are here.)
But where will it rank among the all-time NCAA tournament games?
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|Denis Clemente played 48 minutes and had just 1 turnover against Xavier.
Not IF it was a classic, becuase it was. Rather will people think of it when they talk about all-time tournament games? That's something else.
Any shortlist must include some mix of these three: Duke's 1992 win against Kentucky (the Laettner shot), the 1985 championship ('Nova stuns Georgetown), the 1983 title game (N.C. State over Houston).
After that, everything up for grabs.
This list is a great place to start, though it doesn't include anything after 2002. Gary Parrish did the best games of the past decade (Kansas; 2008 win against Memphis tops the list), and has the added bonus of video.
For K-State's win to go down in history, one or many of these things would need to happen.
The Wildcats have to reach the Final Four, and maybe even the title game. Otherwise it'll be remembered as just another great game during the tournament, but didn't influence the big picture.
Someone from this game needs to go onto the NBA fame. Whether it's K-State's Jacob Pullen or Xavier's Jordan Crawford or whomever, a future NBA star would give the game a hook. People need that for context.
It needs a healthy dose of highlights during the rest of this tournament. Most of the country was watching Kentucky beat Cornell, then got switch over to K-State-Xavier late in the second half. If people only saw a small dose, that doesn't help. That means "One Shining Moment" and future CBS Shows must give the game some love.
Still, even if it doesn't get on the "Classics" shortlist, it'll still resonate this season as an amazing game. Maybe that's enough.
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