The Valparaiso play still works.
A high school team in Nebraska just won on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by using a set-up that Valparaiso immortalized in the 1998 NCAA tournament.
The key to this play is the player catching the long inbounds pass. He must pass it instantly to the designated shooter. According to the Beatrice Daily Sun, Jayden Otto of Bruning-Davenport-Shickley performed this role perfectly. Otto caught the inbounds pass from Grant Norder at midcourt. Otto immediately swung the ball to Riley Tegtmeier, who nailed the three-pointer for a 41-40 win.
Compare to the original in which Bill Jenkins took Jamie Sykes' inbounds pass and hit Bryce Drew, who connected to give No. 13 seed Valpo a 70-69 upset over Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Tegtmeier told the Daily Sun that his team practices this play regularly.
"It’s designed to just try and get a shot off and it doesn't have a high probability of working, but luckily in this tournament it worked for us," he said.