We Were Blessed with ‘Send it in Jerome’ 30 Years Ago Today


It’s a moment that happened 30 years ago, and a phrase that lives on today. On an ordinary January night in 1988, the Pittsburgh Panthers played host to the Providence Friars. No championships were on the line, but the night produced a memory that brings a smile to the faces of all college basketball fans. Close to five minutes into the first half, now Arizona head coach, Sean Miller, came up with a steal and started a fast break. He found teammate Jerome Lane in transition and Lane proceeded to hammer home a dunk that would shatter the backboard.

The dunk caused about a half hour delay, and sent the crowd, and broadcasters, into a frenzy. What followed was an exclamation by Bill Raftery that has become synonymous with college basketball. SEND IT IN JEROME!

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