These are the men’s Tennessee basketball Volunteers most memorable buckets.
Many things can go into being a memorable shot, and clutch players often have a deep collection of them. When it comes to Tennessee basketball, Vol fans have been privileged over the years to seeing such clutch performances.
From NCAA Tournament games to SEC games to huge non-conference games, Rocky Top has had many enjoyable wins thanks to amazing made buckets that go down in history. They also have come from unlikely players at times.
In many cases, Tennessee basketball has won games on the backs of players who made clutch shots and never really stood out from a scoring perspective outside of those moments. Those become even more memorable.
What makes a shot memorable on its own, though? There are many things that go into that, but the things that stand out the most are game-winners and extremely difficult shots in clutch moments. Simply making a shot in a clutch moment won’t do it alone.
Using that criteria, we are going to rank some of the greatest shots in UT history. To be a memorable shot, it can be one of two things. One way to make it is to be a game-winner in the closing seconds, which means it has to have been made with less than five seconds on the clock. If it’s not a game-winner, it had to be a very difficult shot in an unlikely situation.
Those two things eliminate many clutch shots. For instance, Lamonte Turner’s late three at the Kentucky Wildcats in 2018 won’t make the list, and neither will Admiral Schofield’s barrage of threes against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in crunch time. Both were great performances, but they were not difficult shots, and they weren’t game-winners.
Still, there were plenty of buckets that were able to make the list even as we eliminated those moments. Let’s take a look at how impressive they were. These are the 10 greatest made shots in Tennessee basketball history.