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Holy Mackerel

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Holy Mackerel
Holy Mackerel Holy Mackerel

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Georgia Tech looked beat. It was second round of the 1992 NCAA tournament, and the Yellow Jackets were less than a second from suffering a tough-as-nails loss to Southern Cal. They had one last chance, a sideline out-of-bounds play, and the prospects looked weak. The inbounds would come from an awkward spot 40 feet from the rim. There were eight-tenths of a second on the clock.

As the inbounds play unfolded, USC denied every possible route; the Yellow Jackets looked like they might not be able to inbound the ball. On the telecast, legendary broadcaster Al McGuire bleated, "Under the basket! Throw the ball under the basket!"

Georgia Tech didn't throw the ball under the basket. Instead, forward James Forrest caught the ball near the sideline, whipped free of his defender with a lightning turnaround move and launched a leg-splayed 3-pointer that splashed through the net. The shot inspired one of the great college basketball calls of all time, as a stunned McGuire screamed, "Holy mackerel! Holy mackerel!" We couldn't have said it better ourselves.


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