Rank 'Em: Top Plays of the ESPN Era

Created: October 14, 2008, 4:14 PM

Where does Mario Chalmers' clutch shot rank?

In college basketball, all you need is one play to have your name immortalized. From Michael Jordan's title-clinching heroics to Mario Chalmers' championship-saving 3, plenty of players have left their mark on the college game with a single play.

Below, we have listed 32 of the greatest plays since the 1979-80 season, and we want SportsNation to voice its opinion! Is Tate George's 1990 Sweet Sixteen clincher more impressive than Danny Ainge's coast-to-coast winner nine years earlier? Do Christian Laettner's miracle shots rank higher than Keith Smart's championship-winner? And where does Jerome Lane's backboard-shattering dunk rank?

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  • Ainge goes coast-to-coast for the win against Notre Dame in the 1981 Sweet 16.
  • Allen hits a runner to win the 1996 Big East championship.
  • Boggan delivers the game-winning 3 in triple overtime against Texas early in 2007.
  • Capel forces a second overtime against North Carolina with a running 3-pointer in 1995.
  • Chalmers hits a 3, sending the 2008 national championship game into overtime.
  • Charles slams home Derek Wittenberg's miss to win the 1983 national championship.
  • Drew hits a 3 at the buzzer as Valparaiso stuns Ole Miss in the 1998 NCAA tournament.
  • Eaton heaves a one-handed halfcourt shot, while falling out of bounds, that hits nothing but net against Texas in 2007.
  • Edney goes coast-to-coast and hits the game-winning shot against Missouri in the 1995 NCAA tournament.
  • Forrest beats the buzzer with a 3 and sends USC home in the 1992 NCAA tournament.
  • George grabs a length-of-the-court Scott Burrell pass and hits a game-winning shot in the 1990 NCAA tournament.
  • Hamilton gets one last shot and hits it in the 1998 Sweet Sixteen against Washington.
  • Honeycutt hits a game-winning 3 while falling out of bounds against Florida State in December of 1995.
  • Jackson heaves a miracle turnaround shot that goes in to beat SW Missouri State at the 1995 Missouri Valley Semifinal.
  • Johnson's long-distance shot beats UALR in overtime in 1997.
  • Jordan's baseline jumper wins the 1982 national championship for North Carolina.
  • Laettner hits the game winner in overtime against UConn in the 1990 Elite Eight.
  • Laettner grabs a length-of-the-court Grant Hill pass and hits a turnaround at the buzzer for the win in the 1992 Elite Eight.
  • Lane shatters the backboard on a vicious dunk against Providence in January of 1988.
  • Morris hits a length-of-the-court shot against Appalachian State in February of 1985.
  • Paulino hits a 3 at the horn to beat West Virginia in the 2006 Sweet Sixteen.
  • The Tigers shock UCLA in the first round of the 1996 NCAA tournament.
  • Reed's halfcourt shot beats the buzzer as Arkansas beats Louisville in the 1981 NCAA tournament.
  • Rice steals the ball and hits the game-winning 3 against UConn in 2003.
  • Robinson hits a 15-foot, fadeaway jumper against Arizona to keep Stanford undefeated in February of 2004.
  • Rogers beats Drake with a buzzer-beating 3 in the 2008 NCAA tournament.
  • Simon steals the ball and heaves a shot from the opposite end of the floor that sinks Cincinnati in February of 1996.
  • Smart hangs in the air and sinks the title-winning jumper against Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA tournament.
  • Stackhouse drives to the basket and slams home a reverse dunk (and one) in a double-overtime win against Duke in a 1995 regular season game.
  • Van Horn tips in the winner with .3 seconds left in the 1997 WAC tournament.
  • Warrick blocks Michael Lee's shot in the 2003 title game.
  • Washington hits a halfcourt shot for the win against Boston College in January of 1984.