1990–91 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

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1990–91 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
National Champions,
ACC Regular Season Champions
NCAA National Championship Game
vs. Kansas, W, 72–65
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
AP #6
1990–91 record 32–7 (11–3 ACC)
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski
Assistant coach Mike Brey
Assistant coach Tommy Amaker
Assistant coach Jay Bilas
Home arena Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seasons
« 1989–90 1991–92 »

The 1990–91 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team was a Division I college basketball team that competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team brought to Duke their first national championship when they defeated Kansas 72–65. Duke would win the championship again the following year, making Duke the first team since UCLA in 1973 to win back-to-back titles.

Roster[edit]

No. Position Year Player
3 United States G Fr Marty Clark
4 United States G Fr Kenny Blakeney
5 United States G So Bill McCaffrey
11 United States G So Bobby Hurley
12 United States F/G Jr Thomas Hill
21 United States F Fr Antonio Lang
22 United States F Sr Greg Koubek
No. Position Year Player
23 United States G/F Jr Brian Davis
32 United States F/C Jr Christian Laettner
33 United States F/G Fr Grant Hill
34 United States C Jr Crawford Palmer
45 United States F/C Sr Clay Buckley
54 United States F Fr Christian Ast


Expectations[edit]

The Blue Devils had ended the 1990 season with a record-setting 30-point loss to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels in the national championship game (103–73). After losing seniors Phil Henderson, Alaa Abdelnaby, and Robert Brickey to graduation, Duke welcomed a new addition to the team, freshman Grant Hill.

Regular season[edit]

With junior Christian Laettner and sophomore Bobby Hurley leading the way, Duke placed third at the Preseason NIT (behind Arizona and Arkansas). The Blue Devils went on to compile a 25–6 regular season record, including a perfect 16–0 mark at home. Scoring victories in both rivalry matches against North Carolina and sporting an 11–3 conference record, Duke also captured their 9th regular-season championship in school history.

Conference Tournament[edit]

Duke entered the ACC Tournament as a No. 1 seed, but stumbled in the ACC title game against North Carolina by a score of 96–74, even though the Blue Devils had defeated the Tar Heels twice during the regular season. As a result North Carolina received the top seed in the East Regional, leaving Duke with a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA tournament[edit]

Duke however tore through the Midwest Regional, defeating St. John's to join UNLV, Kansas, and rival North Carolina in the Final Four in Indianapolis. Entering the semifinals against UNLV, the Blue Devils were facing an undefeated and top-ranked Runnin' Rebels squad that boasted a 45-game winning streak and featured National Player of the Year Larry Johnson. In one of the biggest upsets in Final Four history, however, Duke got its revenge from a year ago by a score of 79–77 after Laettner hit two free throws with 12 seconds remaining and UNLV guard Anderson Hunt missed a three-point attempt at the end-of-game buzzer.[1][2]

An all-ACC, Duke vs. UNC title game was averted when Roy Williams coached his Kansas Jayhawks team to victory over his mentor Dean Smith and his Tar Heels squad. In what would become the first of many matchups between Williams (now head coach at North Carolina) and Mike Krzyzewski, Duke finally claimed its first national championship by a score of 72–65. Laettner was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
November 14, 1990* Marquette #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC
(Preseason NIT)
W 87–74  1–0
November 16, 1990* Boston College #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC
(Preseason NIT)
W 100–76  2–0
November 21, 1990* vs. #2 Arkansas #6 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(Preseason NIT)
ESPN L 88–98  2–1
November 23, 1990* vs. Notre Dame #6 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Preseason NIT)
ESPN W 85–77  3–1
November 26, 1990* 7:30 PM East Carolina #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 125–82  4–1
December 1, 1990* 7:30 PM Charlotte #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 111–94  5–1
December 5, 1990* 9:00 PM at #6 Georgetown #5 Capital CenterLandover, Maryland
(ACC/Big East Challenge)
ESPN L 74–79  5–2
December 8, 1990* 2:00 PM Michigan #5 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ABC W 75–68  6–2
December 19, 1990* 7:30 PM at Harvard #9 Briggs Athletic CenterCambridge, MA W 83–66  7–2
December 22, 1990* 3:45 PM at #11 Oklahoma #9 Lloyd Noble CenterNorman, OK CBS W 90–85  8–2
December 29, 1990* 7:30 PM Lehigh #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 97–67  9–2
January 2, 1991* 7:30 PM Boston University #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 109–55  10–2
January 5, 1991 12:30 PM at #18 Virginia #8 University HallCharlottesville, VA L 64–81  10–3
January 9, 1991 9:00 PM #24 Georgia Tech #14 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 98–57  11–3
January 12, 1991 1:00 PM at Maryland #14 Cole Field HouseCollege Park, MD W 94–78  12–3
January 14, 1991 9:00 PM Wake Forest #14 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 89–67  13–3
January 16, 1991* 7:30 PM at The Citadel #12 McAlister Field HouseCharleston, SC W 83–50  14–3
January 19, 1991 8:00 PM #5 North Carolina #12 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 74–60  15–3
January 23, 1991 7:00 PM at NC State #9 Reynolds ColiseumRaleigh, NC L 89–95  15–4
January 26, 1991 4:00 PM at Clemson #9 Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC W 99–70  16–4
January 30, 1991 9:00 PM at #23 Georgia Tech #7 Alexander Memorial ColiseumAtlanta, GA W 77–75  17–4
February 2, 1991* 4:00 PM at Notre Dame #7 Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN W 90–77  18–4
February 7, 1991 9:00 PM #11 Virginia #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 86–74  19–4
February 9, 1991 1:00 PM Maryland #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 101–81  20–4
February 10, 1991* 2:00 PM #19 LSU #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 88–70  21–4
February 13, 1991* Davidson #5 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 74–39  22–4
February 16, 1991 4:00 PM at Wake Forest #5 Lawrence Joel ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC L 77–86  22–5
February 20, 1991 9:00 PM vs. NC State #7 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 72–65  23–5
February 24, 1991* 4:00 PM at #9 Arizona #7 McKale CenterTucson, AZ L 96–103 2OT 23–6
February 27, 1991 9:00 PM Clemson #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 79–62  24–6
March 3, 1991 2:00 PM at #4 North Carolina #8 Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC W 83–77  25–6
March 9, 1991 vs. NC State #6 Charlotte ColiseumCharlotte, NC
(ACC Tournament Semifinals)
W 93–72  26–6
March 10, 1991 vs. #7 North Carolina #6 Charlotte Coliseum • Charlotte, NC
(ACC Tournament Finals)
Raycom (Locally)
CBS (Nationally)
L 74–96  26–7
March 14, 1991* vs. Louisiana-Monroe #6 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN
(NCAA Midwest First Round)
CBS W 102–73  27–7
March 16, 1991* vs. Iowa #6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN
(NCAA Midwest Second Round)
CBS W 85–70  28–7
March 22, 1991* vs. Connecticut #6 Pontiac SilverdomePontiac, MI
(NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal)
CBS W 81–67  29–7
March 24, 1991* vs. #20 St. John's #6 Pontiac Silverdome • Pontiac, MI
(NCAA Midwest Regional Final)
CBS W 78–61  30–7
March 30, 1991* vs. #1 UNLV #6 RCA DomeIndianapolis, IN
(NCAA National Semifinal)
CBS W 79–77  31–7
April 1, 1991* 21:00 vs. #12 Kansas #6 RCA Dome • Indianapolis, IN
(NCAA National Championship)
CBS W 72–65  32–7
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll.

Accomplishments[edit]

  • 1st basketball championship after 4 previous appearances in title game (1964, 1978, 1986, 1990)
  • 2nd straight appearance in national championship game (1990, 1991)
  • 4th straight appearance in Final Four (1988–1991)
  • Christian Laettner was a consensus All-American Second Team selection.[3]
  • Three players received All-ACC honors:
    • Christian Laettner (1st Team)
    • Bobby Hurley, Thomas Hill (3rd Team)
  • Three players from the 1991 squad (Laettner, Hurley, and Grant Hill) had their jerseys retired by Duke.

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