From Ainge to Fredette: 10 other wild BYU basketball games, besides Portland

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25 2014 1:00 p.m. MST

NCAA Tournament, March 19, 1981: BYU 51, Notre Dame 50 Next List » 10 of 10 « Prev


This is still the most iconic wild finish in BYU basketball history. After the Cougars had trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half against Notre Dame in this Sweet 16 matchup, BYU had a shot to win with eight seconds remaining and the Cougars down one. Senior Danny Ainge took the inbounds pass, then drove the length of the court while weaving through defenders. His layup with two seconds remaining lofted over the outstretched hands of Notre Dame's Orlando Woolridge and send the Cougars to the Elite 8.

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Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

I am surprised there is no mention of the UCLA/BYU game played in Provo in March, 1965 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

rlsintx
Plano, TX

The drive to win. Greg Ballif got way too little credit in this game. He's the reason we were close in the second half. Ainge really didn't have a great game but for the last play, as awesome as it was. A lot of future, long time NBA players on the floor that day...

Lonster
Sandy, UT

What, no Congdon, Raymond, Fairchild, Liimo, Eakins, Cosic, Nemelka, et. al. mentions? As usual, "Top This and Top That" lists have very short memories and seem to cater to those of young & recent vintage. Except for maybe Danny Ainge, this one's no different.

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