FAIRFAX, Va. - Selection Sunday is coming and that means it is soon time to start filling out your NCAA Tournament brackets. A big reason why March Madness has become a multi-billion dollar event is the excitement of buzzer-beaters.
We have all dreamed of it. We have all practiced it. But “Big Shot Boyd” has actually done it. Not alone in a driveway, but in a packed arena.
But not just once. Anyone can hit one buzzer-beater. Not even twice. George Mason’s Ian Boyd has accomplished basketball's most exciting feat in three straight games.
“To win three games in a row on three buzzer-beaters is nothing short of remarkable,” said George Mason head coach Dave Paulsen.
“It's been pretty crazy,” Boyd said.
The soft-spoken sophomore guard has become an unlikely subject of increased attention and notoriety because of his clutch shotmaking. It has also earned him a new nickname – Mr. SportsCenter.
He has beat the buzzer three times in three different ways – with a layup, a three-pointer and a tip-in.
For Boyd, the tip-in was his favorite.
“Because the coaches always preach to crash the glass, so I did this time and I got the bucket,” he said.
“That's good!” said Paulsen. “He listened! He heard something! Every now and then, you wonder if they hear anything, but that’s great.”
Boyd listens to his coach and his teammates have fed off his icy-veined confidence, which you need in March. If you don't beat the clock, you are stuck biding time until the fall.
“They think they can win every game,” said Paulsen.
“If those situations come again, close games, we can win those games,” said teammate Otis Livingston II.
“We like excitement I guess,” said Boyd.
George Mason is hoping to ride their late-game confidence through the Atlantic 10 Tournament for a surprise berth in the NCAA Tournament.