With 8 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first half of the 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 simply read “Clifton Moore misses first free throw.”
In practice, however, Moore did much more difficult than accidentally making free throws. He made 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 announcer immediately went nuts at “Sitter”.
The sitter came a day after the NCAA Men’s Tournament saw an impossible five wedgiesA more common but still fairly rare play in which the ball becomes trapped 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.