Putting on the pressure

Are last-second free throws the most pressure packed action in sports?

While some would argue for kicking a field goal with three seconds left down by two or standing with the tying and winning runs on base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, it’s hard to argue against the last-second free throw, because once the referee hands you the ball, it’s just you and the basket, 15 feet away.

The NCAA’s Double-A Zone focuses on how this simple act can be suddenly less than simple and uses a fairly topical reference in the process. Say, a pair of free throws from Sunday’s games. Lot of Division III fans over there.