June 27, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - Indiana forward Christian Watford's buzzer-beating 3-pointer against then-No. 1 Kentucky was selected as the 2012 ESPYS Best Play on Wednesday, July 11 at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
"I'd like to thank my family, my teammates, especially Cody Zeller and Verdell Jones and thank you to Hoosier Nation for voting," said Watford.
Best Play, which was voted on by fans, was a bracket-style vote, with the top 16 seeds cut down to the final 8 on Tuesday, July 3. The final 4 were revealed on Monday, July 9. Voting continued through the ESPYS Countdown Show.
"The Hoosier Nation has spoken very loudly! On behalf of Christian, Cody, Verdell, Jordan, Victor, Will, Tom, Derek, Matt, Dan, Kory, Remy, Austin, Maurice, Jeff, Raphael, Taylor and all of us THANK YOU for your votes," said head coach Tom Crean.
Earlier this year, Watford's shot was named the National College Basketball Play of the Year by GEICO.
Down two to Kentucky with no timeouts and less than six seconds to play, Indiana's Verdell Jones III took the inbounds pass from Watford and sprinted up the court. Jones III dribbled inside the 3-point line, spun in front of his defender and kicked the ball out to the open trailer, Watford. Watford launched a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded and hit nothing but net. Indiana's Assembly Hall erupted as a sea of red stormed the court in celebration of the Hoosiers 73-72 win over the top-ranked Wildcats. To view the play on YouTube, visit: http://bit.ly/zbrFKt.