Is it March yet? Watch this video, and you will almost certainly feel like it is.
We are only one full month from the zaniness of March Madness, the month-long college basketball tournament and the annual culmination of yet another College Basketball season. Yet, this last-second game winner in Sunday’s Missouri State-Illinois State Game absolutely takes the cake.
In this mid-season Missouri Valley Classic in-conference matchup, the Illinois State Red Birds only had to inbound the rock with 7.8 seconds in playing time left, after Missouri State’s Josh Webster kept the game alive with an and-1. The Bears trailed by five and needed a slither of luck to walk away on home court with a win. As fate would have it, the inbound pass was tipped, the ball was promptly stolen, and a wild scramble that looked like a Rugby pile ensued.
Then, Bears’ guard Jarrad Dixon came up with it and pulled off the most miraculous play college basketball fans will likely see all season.
Missouri State improved to 13-12 on the year with the win, including 7-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference. This was not the season that they had in mind at the beginning of the year. However, this play will likely be the highlight of their year, and for years to come. February 10, 2019, will be a night that will live in Missouri State history.