OK, truly the largest last-minute comeback in Pac-12 historical past.
UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit within the closing minute Thursday night time to beat Oregon in additional time, 87-84.
“That was freeway theft, child,” a beaming Prince Ali stated (through the Orange County Register) after the Bruins scored 39 factors in 12 minutes for a highway win.
Listed below are three takeaways from UCLA’s epic comeback:
1. Sure, the comeback was epic, however so was Oregon’s collapse
The Geese led by as many as 17 factors within the closing seven minutes and in addition held a 13-point lead with 2:30 remaining. Ali’s 3-pointer with 2:21 to play ignited a 21-Eight run to tie the rating — capped by Chris Smith’s bucket off an offensive rebound of an intentional free-throw miss with .7 seconds to play — and ship the sport to additional time.
.@UCLAMBB escaped Oregon with a highway W in OT…
however it would not have been potential with out the intentional free throw miss! 😱 pic.twitter.com/ivWAZslNP3
— NCAA March Insanity (@marchmadness) January 11, 2019
Oregon made simply 4 of its closing 21 makes an attempt from the sector.
It was the largest deficit overcome within the closing minute of a sport in Pac-12 historical past and ties for the sixth-largest deficit overcome within the closing minute in Division I historical past, in line with the ESPN Stats & Info. (Trivia buffs: Texas A&M’s 12-point comeback to beat Northern Iowa within the 2016 NCAA Match stays the largest deficit overcome with lower than a minute remaining.)
2. A six-point swing in a blink sealed Oregon’s destiny.
UCLA trailed, 76-68, with 45 seconds to play in regulation when, in fast succession, Jaylen Arms made a 3-pointer, Ali bought a steal and Arms transformed three free throws (with the clock stopped) after being fouled past the arc. Identical to that, the deficit was two.
“You possibly can’t try this,” Geese coach Dana Altman stated. “You’ve bought to make them hit a troublesome shot and Arms hit all his free throws there, so that basically was a giant play.”
— Oregon Males’s Basketball (@OregonMBB) January 11, 2019
3. The Bruins’ season hasn’t gone South
Frankly, issues might’ve spun uncontrolled for UCLA, which entered convention play at 7-6 and on a three-game shedding streak that included an embarrassing 73-58 loss to Liberty … Liberty.
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) January 11, 2019
Now? UCLA (10-6) hasn’t misplaced in three video games — all within the Pac-12 — since firing head coach Steve Alford and selling assistant coach Murry Bartow as his interim alternative. (Oh, and Oregon, the preseason Pac-12 favourite, is winless in league play and 9-6 general.)
“My head’s spinning proper now,” Bartow stated after Thursday’s comeback win, “so I’m not even positive what I stated (within the locker room). I’m simply actually pleased with them.”