Remarkable buzzer-beater sends longtime Badgers assistant Lamont Paris to NCAA Tournament as Chattanooga head coach

Chattanooga head coach Lamont Paris is a former University of Wisconsin assistant coach.

Chattanooga head coach Lamont Paris is a former University of Wisconsin assistant coach.

Former University of Wisconsin assistant men’s basketball coach Lamont Paris will appear in the NCAA Tournament for the first time as a head coach courtesy of a remarkable overtime buzzer-beater by Chattanooga’s David Jean-Baptiste on Monday night.

Competing in the Southern Conference championship game, Jean-Baptiste took an inbound pass on the other end of the floor with 4.3 seconds left after Furman, a school that hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1980, hit a go-ahead layup for a 63-61 lead. Jean-Baptiste weaved into the front court and unleashed a 30-footer defended by two Paladins that swished through as time expired for a 64-63 triumph.

The win meant the Mocs were heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.

Paris, who was an assistant under both Bo Ryan and Greg Gard at Wisconsin

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Cal Football: Signee from New Zealand Brings `Remarkable’ Untapped Potential

Jason Negro, coach at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, has worked with some superb football players in his 18 seasons. He sent wide receiver Bryce Treggs to Cal and mentored Josh Rosen, who played at UCLA and later in the NFL.

He’s never had a player quite like Ieremia Moore, a defensive end prospect who signed a national letter of intent with Cal on Wednesday.

To be precise, Negro has never actually coached Moore in a game.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Moore has a rugby background but has never played in a high school varsity football game. He moved to the United States and enrolled at Bosco in September 2019, only to be told by the CIF that he would not be allowed to play varsity football his first year as a transfer from another country.

So Moore played junior varsity football in the fall of 2019.

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