A Look Back At Keith Smart And ’The Shot’

March 30, 2007
Smart's game-winning jumper is remembered as one of the top moments in NCAA Tournament history. (photo: Bill Haber/AP)

20 years ago this week ... That's when current Warriors Assistant Coach Keith Smart went from being an unheralded contributor on a national contender to a legendary figure of NCAA history.

On March 30, 1987, Smart hit the game-winning jumper in the NCAA National Championship game, sending his Indiana University Hoosiers to a 74-73 victory over the highly-touted Syracuse Orangemen. 'The Shot,' as it is known to this day in Indiana, was the final highlight of a banner night for Smart.

Playing in front of nearly 65,000 fans at the Superdome in his home state of Louisiana, he finished with 21 points, six assists and five rebounds in the title game and would go on to be named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Not bad for a guy who was not recruited out of high school and made his way to Indiana by way of a small community college in Kansas.

Now an assistant coach on Don Nelson's staff, Smart continues to be remembered for 'The Shot,' especially during March Madness. Footage of the game-winner can be seen every year during the NCAA Tournament, as it is a staple in any historic highlight montage.

For a firsthand account of the historic moment, plus much more, listen to Coach Smart's one-on-one exclusive with Warriors Radio Broadcaster Tim Roye below:


Listen to what Keith Smart had to say about his time at Indiana, his role in the 1987 Championship Game, how 'The Shot' affected him both then and now, plus much more.

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Oakland Tribune
Smart forever linked to NCAA lore
Cleveland Plain Dealer
His one shining moment
Baltimore Sun
Shot of a lifetime
USA Today
Smart's shot still a talking point
Indianapolis Star
The Shot

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