March 26, 2007
The Pontiac Game Changing Performance competition added four new potential season-defining plays with the announcement of the Round 4 nominations from the 2007 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
After each round leading to the Final Four, CBS will nominate four pivotal plays. Alumni, students and fans voting online at ncaasports.com/pontiac will determine which of those four represents the single outstanding example of "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" for that round. Voting for Round 4 runs through 11:59 p.m., March 27 on ncaasports.com/pontiac.
Fourth round nominations include:
Ohio State 92, Memphis 76
Ohio State (#1) stormed into the Final Four for the first time since 1999 with an impressive win over a dangerous Memphis (#2) squad. The Buckeye's earned a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination on an outstanding all-around effort by hitting a combined 20 straight free throws in the second half to seal the win.
UCLA 68, Kansas 55
UCLA (#2) is on its way to an NCAA-record 17th-straight Final Four by holding off top seeded Kansas (#1) for the impressive win. The Bruins earned a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination thanks to timely scoring including a 3-point buzzer beater by Arron Afflalo with 10 minutes remaining to hold off Kansas and preserve the victory.
Florida 85, Oregon 77
The University of Florida (#1) is back in the Final Four for the second straight year thanks to a convincing victory over Oregon (#3). The Gators earned a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination on a balanced scoring attack, which included seven 3 pointers by Lee Humphrey and three players reaching double digits. Florida now has a chance to become the first school since Duke (1990-1991) to win back-to-back NCAA basketball championships.
Georgetown 96, North Carolina 84
Georgetown (#2) rallied and then dominated in overtime for a stunning win against top-seeded North Carolina and is now headed to the Final Four for the first time in more than twenty years. Georgetown overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half and tied the game when Jonathan Wallace hit a three pointer with 31 seconds left earning them a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination. The Hoyas then went on to score 14 straight points in overtime to seal the victory.
Northwestern State, winner of last year's Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Tournament is a great example that winning is not based on the size of your school, winning is determined by the fans that stand behind you. Encouraging alumni, students and fans to vote when your team is nominated brings your school one step closer to the $100,000!
On March 28, CBS will announce the four Pontiac Game Changing Performance finalists. And, once again, fans can vote online to determine who will be the overall $100,000 winner. The winning school of the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Tournament will be announced on CBS during the Championship Game on Monday, April 2.
"The `Pontiac Game Changing Performance' is the most successful NCAA® scholarship award program of its kind because it's the only one that truly connects college sports fans with their favorite teams," said Chris Hornberger, Pontiac Advertising Manager. "College basketball fans are among the most passionate and intense of all sports enthusiasts and Pontiac continues to lead the way in bringing fans closer to their favorite NCAA® sports by giving them a major voice in determining which schools will earn a Game Changing Performance nomination and, the ultimate prize, a $100,000 general scholarship contribution."
In a new twist for 2007, each round one lucky individual who visits ncaasports.com/pontiac will win a $5,000 scholarship for themselves or their family. In total, Pontiac will be providing close to $200,000 worth of scholarships to NCAA® colleges and universities from both the men's and women's NCAA® tournaments and individual scholarships this season.
Following this year's award presentation Pontiac, the Official Performance Machines of the NCAA®, will have contributed $1 million to NCAA institutions since the program began in 2004.
Full program details can be reviewed by visiting ncaasports.com/pontiac
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