Maybe you’ve heard of Tyus Edney, an assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins team that finished third in the Hall of Fame Classic at Sprint Center on Tuesday by beating Wisconsin.
Yes, the same Tyus Edney who broke Mizzou hearts more than 20 years ago.
In the 1995 NCAA Tournament, a second round game at Boise, Missouri led UCLA 74-73 with 4.8 seconds remaining. The Bruins had to go to the length of the floor to have a shot at winning. Edney took the inbounds pass and went the distance for a game-winning layup at the buzzer.
He hears about that shot to this day from UCLA and Missouri fans.
“It’s like, ‘You broke my family’s heart,’ or ‘You made us all happy because you beat Missouri,’” Edney said.
Because of the Hall of Fame Classic tournament, Edney was in Missouri Tuesday when news broke that freshman Tigers star Michael Porter Jr. was likely lost for the season with a back injury.
Edney said he felt bad for both Porter and Mizzou when he heard the news. Edney also was brought up to speed on the history of the Tigers’ athletic misfortune, like the “Fifth Down” loss against Colorado in 1991 and the Nebraska flea-kicker defeat in 1997.
Like the Colorado and Nebraska football teams, UCLA’s happiness in 1995 didn’t end with a crushing victory over the Tigers. All three teams went on to win national championships.
UCLA didn’t win the Hall of Fame Classic this week, but the Bruins beat the Badgers 72-70 Tuesday night.
And they did so on Aaron Holiday’s — get this — game-winning drive and layup to beat the buzzer.