Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 11:38 pm  |  33 responses

Video: Duke’s Austin Rivers Drains Buzzer-Beater to Beat UNC

This kid has no fear.

Though it looked like UNC would be taking home a W for the majority of the second half of tonight’s Tar Heels-Blue Devils battle, Duke refused to go away, finishing the tilt on a 13-2 run that was capped off by this miraculous game-winner. As you can see above, it was Austin Rivers who eventually sealed things up, giving Duke the incredible 85-84 victory. Not bad, kid. Not bad at all.

(H/T: Ballin’ is a Habit)

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  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    seth curry’s mom <3

  • king


  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    at UNC clutch! they came back too…

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    doc rivers jumpin around like he won the finals lmao

  • hugo

    does this kid have nba superstar potential?

  • cbb_fanatic

    This game kept me on pins and needles the entire time. AUSTIN RIVERS had his time in this game with a career high in scoring 29 pts, including the game-winning shot. Don’t get me wrong….I know AR is still not really a contender for freshmen of the year, but he played like it in this game. First, let me say this. The defense on both teams sucked. That’s why you had so many players scoring in double-figures and three of them in the 20s. UNC’s defense, especially around the perimeter, sucked worse than Duke’s though. Any idiot knows that Duke is a 3-point shooting team, so why wouldn’t you beef up on the defense on the perimeter. That is one of Dexter Strickland’s specialties and if he was playing and guarding Rivers, that NEVER would have happened. Tyler Zeller ought to be ashamed of himself, even though he contributed greatly to UNC. First, he tips the ball in the wrong goal, then he backs up to give Rivers space to shoot a three. I know he is getting clowned right now…lol. Secondly, AR had a great game and I wouldn’t spoil it, but he shouldn’t get arrogant because he has to realize that he played against very lackadaisical defense. UNC basically ALLOWED him to shoot. And someone wants to tell me that UNC is going to be one of the teams in the final four…I think NOT. Not playing with this soft defense they aren’t. And Barnes has really disappointed me. I mean even though he had 25 points, he waited too long to get the ball rolling. Finally, DEFENSE wins games people. It can’t just all be about offense. That’s one of the reasons why Kentucky is the number one team. Think about it. Kentucky just swept Florida by 20. Not because Florida sucks offensively (they depend on the 3-point shot just like Duke), but because Kentucky CLOSED SPACE on the perimeter and has the BEST defense in both the backcourt and the frontcourt. In conclusion, the absence of Dexter Strickland, the follies of Tyler Zeller, and poor defense is what helped Duke win. What a game though.

  • Jeremy

    They should put a character cap to stop dudes from posting their life stories, but yeah. Cool story bro.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    when u hit a shot like that the only thing u can say is “MUTHAF**AS”

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Take that powder blue b*tches!

  • BillOReily

    @Jeremy…lol! couldn’t agree more…start a blog if you’re going to write that much.

  • Red

    Finally, he’s my favorite college player. Longshot, but hopefully he declares draft & my Bulls get him.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k1jx3r4y1E dfrance21

    Great shot that he made no doubt, but dudes love to settle for threes too much. College, NBA it doesn’t matter. Too many isolation plays end in cats dribbling for 10 seconds then hoisting a 3 like it was there only option. But kudos to Rivers for having the guts to go for the win like that.

  • TonyStarks

    After reading “seth curry’s mom <3" I read the rest of the comments hoping to find more, was I disappointed. Someone feel free to deliver. You will be rewarded with plenty of good karma. Kthxbye.

  • MonstarD

    Zeller did work for the Devils. Came out with that defensive tip in, then hitting only 1 out of 2 free throws and finally a three point shot drained in his face to win the game… All happening consecutively.

  • cbb_fanatic

    I’m a local sports writer and contributor, so sorry about the long entry…just a little disappointed in UNC. (mostly Zeller)

  • thyr

    i dont know whot that number 44 for UNC is, but he was definitely not in his finest moment: goaltending, missed freethrow and poor defense

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Take that haters… GO DUKE!

  • marc

    I am an austin rivers fan but it seems like his game doesn’t go with duke well. And i was kind of mad because I like UNC as a team more.

  • robb

    dumb Zeller missed the FT

  • Zack

    And scored two for the Dookies. If I were Rivers I woulda been like “Hoooollllllldddddd mahhh d**********cccckkkkkk!!!” But also, if I were Rivers, I would have gone to UNC.

  • T-Money

    wow zeller will ahve nightmares about that last minute. three consecutive game-losing plays. his defense on the last shot is inexcusable, he just stopped thinking. so what if you get beat off the bounce, a 2 won’t kill you.

  • T-Money

    on rivers, the closest comparison i can find is oj mayo and i think they will have similar careers.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great game, great shot. T-Money: TOTALLY agree on the comparison. I think Austin’s best shot at NBA stardom is becoming a 1, but he’s not interested in that and for better or worse, games like last night won’t change his mind.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp


  • bike

    Zeller’s defensive tip in of a shot that might have been an air ball was the weirdest play of the season.
    And UNC hasn’t got it this year. They had their foots on the Dookies throats w/ 3min. left and let ‘em back up.

  • Niio

    is it just me or does it seem like Dicky V’s vocal cords sound busted?

  • Will Lee

    zeller’s nba potential evaporates. New Eric Montross!


    I was watching the game, and I just knew that shot was going in the moment it left his hands.
    F√¢k! My Heels were just playing not to lose those final minutes.
    This still doesn’t change my mind that UNC is the better team. Catch you at the Cameron dukies.

  • LP

    Roy Williams sucks. UNC is a poorly coached team right now. and im a diehard Heel fan…

  • jasen

    It not zellers fault as much as the coachs. he shoulda switched them up so some one was able to stay with him and gaurd him


    Yeah, Zeller really blew this game for UNC. But UNC had terrible defense..no wonder Duke could get all those 3s. They usually don’t fall..UNC better do sumthin @ Cameron..They on my DISAPPOINTMENT LIST right next to Louisville and Memphis until they do!!! @LP: I kno man. UNC left so much space on the perimeter; its like Roy told them to do that.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    I’ve called Austin Rivers overrated on many occassions, and nothing about his game really yells NBA superstar to me, but to go into UNC and do what he did last night definitely earned my respect. Doesnt change my opinion of his game much, but I respect the boy! He’s got heart, which should never be underestimated in basketball!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k1jx3r4y1E dfrance21

    How about his sister tho???