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7 Mormons Who Made March Madness History


Danny Ainge

If any list of Mormon basketball heroes has to start with Arnie Ferrin, it has to end with Danny Ainge. One of the greatest college basketball players in history, Ainge was named the National Player of the Year his senior season. That year, he led the 1981 BYU Cougars to the Sweet Sixteen, where they faced off against the formidable Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. With seven seconds remaining in the game, Notre Dame led 50-49. That's when Ainge made one of the most incredible plays March Madness has ever seen. Taking the inbound pass, he drove the ball the entire length of the floor in three seconds, blowing past all five Irish players to win the game with a layup as time expired. Ainge's legendary "coast-to-coast" sent BYU to its first and only Elite 8 appearance.

Lead image from Bleacher Report