Virginia is playing in its first-ever national championship game tomorrow night thanks in large part to the heroics of Kyle Guy. The junior guard scored six points in the last 10 seconds to erase a 61-57 deficit.
No points were bigger than his three clutch free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining. After being fouled on a three-pointer by Auburn’s Samir Doughty, Guy went to the line needing two makes to tie the score and three to give his team the lead.
An 82 percent free-throw shooter, he calmly swished the first two before Auburn called timeout. Even being “iced” couldn’t affect Guy though, as he nailed the final shot to put his team ahead for good.
It turns out, Guy received some much-needed encouragement before he attempted his free throws. It came from his father.
Guy told Sports Illustrated he locked eyes with his dad, who simply said “You got this.”
"I saw my dad. We made eye contact and he said, 'You got this.' I said, 'I know I do.'" https://t.co/RNsvHVqbzV
— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) April 7, 2019
Those free throws are as clutch as you’re going to get on the basketball court. Guy made them like he was alone at the end of a practice instead of in a dome playing in front of tens of thousands of people.
We’ll see tomorrow night if he has anything else up his sleeve.