Before George Mason’s improbable run to the Final Four, there was LSU in 1986. The 11th-seeded team already had three nerve-racking tournament upsets under their belt by the time they played Kentucky (no. 1) for a spot in the Final Four. From there it looked like the magic was about to run out, as they faced a 51-47 deficit with under six minutes to go. However, LSU center Ricky Blanton stepped up and led the Tigers down the stretch, scoring eight of the team’s last 12 points. Blanton put his team in the lead with a couple free throws with 2:31 to go and they never looked back. A long prayer of a shot from Kentucky bounced off the rim at the buzzer, handing the 59-57 win to LSU. The magic ultimately did run out, however, when Louisville ended LSU’s Cinderella story on their way to a national title.
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