Austin Rivers is the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. And all the coach's tutelage paid off last night when Austin hit a last-second buzzer-beater to lead the number 10-ranked Duke Blue Devils over the number five-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.
It was another riveting chapter in this storied in-state rivalry, especially considering the Blue Devils trailed by double-digits for a large part of the game.
But Sports Grid points out that while it was a good night for Rivers, it was a bad night for Carolina big man Tyler Zeller. See, seconds earlier he tipped in a shot for Duke that kept the momentum going:
Carolina carried a double-digit lead into the second half, in what seemed like a game they were most likely on their way toward wrapping up. Then, in the final few minutes, Duke stormed back, cutting the game to three points. This is where the drama began, and where Carolina big man Tyler Zeller probably began to wish he had just stayed home and not suited up tonight.
With Duke down by three points and less than 15 seconds to go, Zeller tipped a 3-pointer into his own basket. The officials discussed the call and eventually gave Duke two points, not three. Down by one, they then fouled Zeller to stop the clock, putting him on the free-throw line. He made the first one, but missed the second, which then lead to this Austin Rivers moment…
See it for yourself below. And don't let Dick Vitale's call of the shot pass you by either. It's classic Dickey V.:
One of my good friends might have summed up the feeling of Tar Heels fans best: "No! I don't accept that!"
Either way, it happened.
(H/T: Business Insider)