Spenser Davis | 17 days ago
Gonzaga’s overtime win over UCLA was undoubtedly an instant classic, but was it the greatest college basketball game of all time?
Broadcasting legend Verne Lundquist thinks so.
On Sunday morning, Jay Bilas went on ESPN and shared details from a phone call with Bill Raftery, who was on the call for CBS last night. Raftery said he spoke with Lundquist after the game.
“When he calls at two in the morning, we started talking about that game and the different plays and how great it was,” Bilas said. “[Bill] said that Verne Lundquist had called him. And Verne Lundquist called the Duke-Kentucky game in ’92. And he said, ‘Tell your partner Grant Hill he’s got to move one step back, because that’s the best game ever.’
“People know the real deal when they see it, and that was the real deal. I would put it up with any of the top games I’ve ever seen.”
Lundquist is referring to Christian Laettner’s game-winner over Kentucky in the 1992 Elite Eight.
Here’s a side-by-side featuring game-winners by Laettner and Jalen Suggs:
Christian Laettner + Jalen Suggs = MADNESS pic.twitter.com/I0LuYZ5IRt
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) April 4, 2021
Here’s video of Bilas’ segment on ESPN:
The best call I got about the game was Bill Raftery at 2am. pic.twitter.com/Sy6fDm1cAY
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) April 4, 2021
Lundquist isn’t alone in saying Gonzaga’s win on Saturday night tops the charts. Here’s some other reaction from the game:
That is the best game I have ever been to bar none. Epic. Historic.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) April 4, 2021
that’s by far the best basketball game I’ve ever seen
— Quinn XCII (@QuinnXCII) April 4, 2021
One of the best college games ever! Wow #MarchMadness
— Dave Rothenberg (@RothenbergESPN) April 4, 2021
That was not just one of the best college basketball games of all-time, that is one of the best sporting events Ive ever witnessed.
Sometimes, just because a game is close or we get a buzzer beater, doesn’t make it a “good game” overall.
That was… an INSTANT CLASSIC
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) April 4, 2021
One of the best games I’ve ever seen. Period.
Hopefully Gonzaga-Baylor is even better…
— Brendan Marks (@BrendanRMarks) April 4, 2021
One of the best basketball games I’ve ever watched. #FinalFour
— Logan Booker (@LoganMBooker) April 4, 2021
Tremendous sports cover from last night’s classic. Maybe the best college hoops game I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/BU6AUqSGwq
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2021