The 2017 Florida Gators basketball team wasn’t a team of destiny quite like the 2006 and 2007 national championship teams. I’m not sure any NCAA team will ever stack up to the ones led by Billy Donovan, Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer back then.
But head coach Mike White‘s squad pulled off some pretty amazing feats at the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Gators finished second in the SEC and earned a No. 4 seed when March Madness rolled around. UF steamrolled East Tennessee State in the first round, blew out Virginia in the second round and wound up advancing to the Elite Eight after a nail-biter win over Wisconsin.
However, “nail-biter” doesn’t even begin to describe Chris Chiozza’s legendary buzzer beater that downed the Badgers and advanced the Gators.
Chris Chiozza’s Buzzer Beater vs. Wisconsin
Chills. Nothing but chills.
Florida point guard Chris Chiozza had next to no time (just four seconds) to bring the ball down the court and put up a shot. That shot, an off-balance and floated three-pointer, was nothing but net to give UF an 84-83 win in overtime.
“Cheese” told reporters after the game that he received some 200 messages from people afterward. Not even those magical shot-making fingers could keep up with all the scrolling he had to do on his phone.
Wisconsin featured a buzzer beater of their own that sent the game to overtime in the second half from Zak Showalter. Without that, Florida fans would have never received one of the best shots in program history.
Florida went on to lose to South Carolina in the Elite Eight, thus ending their magical run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Still, Gators fans across the globe will never forget Chiozza’s memorable buzzer beater.