We’re partnering up with Enterprise Rent-A-Car regarding the Ultimate Pick Up Moment Bracket Challenge just released today in connection with the NCAA Tournament starting this week with Kenny Smith as the official spokesperson. Enterprise is an offical partner of the NCAA and naturally is very familair with the notion of the “pick up” since they do that all the time.
Everyone loves filling out brackets, and this is a unique one that focuses on some of the best “Pick Up Moments” in NCAA Tourmanent history. In the frenzied pace of these basketball games, sometimes a player will have a “pick up moment” where he will left his team up and propell them to victory. Fans will be able to visit the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Facebook page and vote on a bracket of the best NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Pick Up Moments.
Below are four of those great Pick Up Moments along with a clip of the first one. Check them out and then use the Facebook app to place your votes for the Ultimate Pickup Moment. Just like the basketball tournament, videos will be paired together and only one of them will advance to the next round based on the voting of followers. In addition to voting, you can enter to win some great prizes, including a free trip for two and tickets to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis!
We’ll be following the NCAA Tournament and the Ultimate Pick Up Moment Bracket Challenge on our Twitter account @bullzeyedotcom so join us there along with the other bloggers covering the bracket, including Mike Johnson of Next Impulse Sports, Allen Moll of The Hoop Doctors and Cory Panati of Guys Gab. We’ll be having a Twitter chat on Wednesday, 3/19, at 1pm ET, so visit the app to fill out your bracket and then join us Wednesday on Twitter.
Is there a more famous play in the history of the NCAA Tournament? Duke is down one with 2.1 seconds left in overtime against Kentucky and in need of a miracle to go to the 1992 Final Four, but a court-length inbound pass from Grant Hill finds Christian Laettner with his back to the basket at the top of the key, who then hits the incredible, turn-around, game-winning jump shot for Duke.
A buzzer-beater can certainly be an Ultimate Pickup Moment. Mike Miller’s falling runner was the play of the game as he picked up his Florida Gators with a last second bucket to win the 2000 East Regional over Butler. Florida went on to win the title, and Miller’s clutch play was critical in their run.
Gonzaga’s Big Run
Yes, Gonzaga was once a Cinderella team. In 1999, Gonzaga was a #10 seed and they made it to the Sweet 16 with improbable wins over #2 and #7 seeds. Facing #6 Florida in the West Regional Semifinals, Gonzaga was down by one with under 10 seconds left, but a put-back shot off a rebound gave them the lead and Florida’s last shot before the buzzer was off, sealing the victory and continuing their Cindarella story.
Three threes and a three-point play. All in the span of three and a half minutes. In the 2000 Championship Game, #1 Michigan State faced off against #5 Florida but had their leading scorer out. Morris Peterson then had an incredible Pickup Moment as he went on an epic scoring binge that helped Michigan State on to victory.
This post is sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car