Comeback of the year? Fans react to Iowa's furious comeback win over Michigan State
Iowa basketball trailed Michigan State by 13 points with 1 minute and 34 seconds remaining Saturday afternoon. Instead of backing down, the Hawkeyes made their final five 3-pointers on the evening, including the below shot by Payton Sandfort to tie things up with just seconds remaining.
PAYTON SANDFORT FORCES OT!
Iowa scores 23 points over the final 90 seconds to send it into overtime tied at 101. pic.twitter.com/iTlli2UfA3
— Heat Check CBB (@HeatCheckCBB) February 25, 2023
Iowa went on to win in overtime in what was the B1G’s highest scoring game of the season, seeing the Hawkeyes win 112-106.
As far as wins go, that’s about as big of a win Iowa could have scored Saturday. The Hawkeyes are one of 10 or 11 teams at the middle of the B1G logjam and are fighting alongside a host of other B1G teams for more favorable B1G and NCAA tournament seeds.
And to call their comeback Saturday against Michigan State improbable is putting it lightly. Fans from around the country reacted to Iowa’s insane comeback victory over the Spartans on social media:
UNREALLLLL!!!! NO QUIT @IowaHoops
— Caitlin Clark (@CaitlinClark22) February 25, 2023
IOWA COMEBACK OF THE YEAR TO FORCE OT AT 101 to 101!!!!!
WHO NEEDS DRUGS WHEN YOU HAVE COLLEGE BASKETBALL?!?!!!!!!
— Charley Collier (@ccollier64) February 25, 2023
Iowa msu game of the year. What a comeback
— Dylan Tracy-Lindenbaum (@DTLcollegehoops) February 25, 2023
This Iowa team, man.
— David Eickholt (@DavidEickholt) February 25, 2023
Iowa with one of the wildest comebacks ever seen in my life
— ZACHS BETS (@ZachsBets) February 25, 2023
This Iowa vs Michigan State game is one of the craziest games I have watched EVER
— Jeff Fancher (@JefRef) February 25, 2023
The fact that some of the crowd is gone and it is still a eruption on this shot is insane! #Wow #LetsGoHawks https://t.co/FDgSMgu954
— Sidelines – Iowa (@SSN_Hawkeyes) February 25, 2023
Iowa Michigan State basketball game was one of the craziest comebacks you will ever see
— Brian (@fintrojansports) February 25, 2023
Iowa with 55 seconds left in the Michigan State game… pic.twitter.com/tJNDXMHGnD
— Jerbro0032 (@jerbro0032) February 25, 2023
This is WILD. Iowa was down 13 with less than 2 minutes to play.
Group chats were saying Fire Fran and now Hawks lead in OT.
— I Love Iowa Basketball (@ILoveIowaBball) February 25, 2023
Iowa with an absolute theft of a Win. That was crazy to watch.
— Dillon Wright (@Dwright1132) February 25, 2023
2 minutes to go MSU was up 89-76 against Iowa with a 99.8% win probability… And they blew it… pic.twitter.com/pNWVbIDUij
— Kevin Cochran (@thekevincochran) February 25, 2023
The stare down that sparked an all time comeback. Free basketball https://t.co/z5ypNMa2q2
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) February 25, 2023