With eight minutes and 36 seconds left in the first half of a first-round game against Kentucky, Providence senior Clifton Moore made the most improbable play of the NCAA tournament.
On the official game play-by-play, the play only reads “Clifton Moore misses the first free throw.”
In practice, however, Moore accidentally did something much harder than make a free throw. He put up a shot that, somehow, resulted in the ball sitting on the neck of the rim. Which really should count for something more than just a miss.
The crowd in Greensboro, and the announcers, immediately went wild over the “sitter.”
The sitter came one day after the NCAA men’s tournament saw an improbable five wedgies, the more common but still quite rare play in which the ball is stuck between the rim and the backboard.
Moore made his next free throw and ended the half with that one point and three rebounds. The Friars trailed Kentucky, 38-31, entering the second half.