March Madness: Providence’s Clifton Moore misses one in a million free throws vs. Kentucky

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GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 17: Clifton Moore #21 of the Providence Friars defends against Oscar Tshibwe #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Fieldhouse at Greensboro Coliseum.  March 17, 2023 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jacob Kuferman / Getty Images)

Clifton Moore’s shot should have counted for something. (Photo by Jacob Kuferman / Getty Images)

With eight minutes and 36 seconds remaining in the first half of the first round game against Kentucky, Providence senior Clifton Moore made the most improbable play of the NCAA tournament.

On the official game play-by-play, the play simply read “Clifton Moore misses first free throw.”

In practice, however, Moore did much more difficult than accidentally making free throws. He made a shot that somehow resulted in the ball sitting on the neck of the rim. Which really should count for something more than just a miss.

The crowd in Greensboro, and the announcer immediately went nuts at “Sitter”.

The sitter came a day after the NCAA Men’s Tournament saw an impossible five wedgiesA more common but still fairly rare play in which the ball becomes trapped between the rim and the backboard.

Moore made his next free throw and ended the half with that one point and three rebounds. The Friars trailed Kentucky 38–31 entering the second half.