April 1, 2008
Leading up to the NCAA® Final Four®, CBS has nominated eight pivotal plays from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Tournament. In addition to vying for the $100,000 scholarship award, each of the eight finalist schools will earn a $5,000 scholarship contribution from Pontiac. Fan voting at pontiac.com/ncaa will determine which of those eight best exemplifies the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Tournament.
The eight nominees include:
Duke 71, Belmont 70 (March 20) - Duke's coast to coast layup by Gerald Henderson with 11.9 seconds left gave the final lead to the Blue Devils.
Davidson 82, Gonzaga 76 (March 21) - Davidson's 3-pointer by Stephen Curry with 1:04 left and the game tied at 74 apiece gave the Wildcats the go ahead lead.
San Diego 70, Connecticut 69 (March 21) - The Toreros upset UConn on De'Jon Jackson's game-winning jumper with 1.2 seconds left in OT.
Western Kentucky 101, Drake 99 (March 21) - The Hilltoppers' buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime from Ty Rogers sealed an upset over Drake.
UCLA 76, Xavier 57 (March 29) - Kevin Love's emphatic dunk early in the second half sparked a 14-0 run and lifted the Bruins to a victory and third straight Final Four appearance.
North Carolina 83, Louisville 73 (March 29) - The pump-fake jump shot by Tyler Hansbrough in the second half against Louisville helped UNC advance to the Final Four.
Memphis 85, Texas 67 (March 30) - Derrick Rose's acrobatic layup in the first half against Texas helped Memphis proceed to the Final Four.
Kansas 59, Davidson 57 (March 30) - The 3-pointer by Sherron Collins late in the second half against Davidson gave Kansas a 52-51 lead that they never relinquished.
"The Pontiac Game Changing Performance scholarship award program focuses on those edge-of-your-seat plays that capture the emotion and intensity of NCAA® sports," said Chris Hornberger, Pontiac National Advertising Manager. "These performances showcase the intense determination, mental toughness and commitment it takes to win."
The Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Tournament will be revealed on Monday, April 7 and announced to the world during the CBS broadcast of the NCAA® Men's National Championship Game.
College basketball fans are among the most passionate and intense of all sports enthusiasts. And Pontiac is a leader in bringing fans closer to their favorite NCAA® sports by giving them a major voice in determining which school ultimately walks away with the Game Changing Performance of the Tournament and the $100,000 general scholarship contribution.
Following this year's award presentation Pontiac, the Official Performance Machines of the NCAA® will have contributed over $1 million to NCAA institutions since the program began in 2004.
Full program details can be reviewed by visiting pontiac.com/ncaa.
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