7 Mormons Who Made March Madness History

Vernon Hatton

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A Kentucky basketball legend, Vernon Hatton led his team into the 1958 tournament with one of the best shots in college basketball history—a half-court buzzer beater in triple overtime over Temple University. An All-American his senior season, he and Hall-of-Fame coach Adolph Rupp led the Wildcats to a championship win over Elgin Baylor and the Seattle Redhawks. Hatton scored 30 points in the title game. He was the 9th pick in the NBA draft later that year and went on to a successful career with the Philadelphia Warriors.

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