In a lot of ways, George Mason didn't deserve to beat Villanova in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Patriots didn't play anywhere close to their best, and looked like they were going down. Then, with hearts of a (CAA Regular-Season) champion, they rallied, and Luke Hancock did the rest.â†µ
Hancock's three-point shot gave George Mason the lead for good with under 20 seconds left, and the Patriots hung on after two disorganized, wild Villanova possessions to get the 61-57 win. (If you're wondering why there's wasn't a charge called on Villanova's first possession there, you're not alone). It was the kind of win a team like George Mason gets and a talented team like Villanova does not.â†µ
Case-in point: why did Villanova give Hancock that kind of clean look? I get the sense that Hancock didn't want the three down just one point, but if you're going to give it to him, hey, might as well "rise and fire," as Gus Johnson would say.